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Gordon Sutherland Watt

"Members of the 1st New Zealand Services Medical Team outside the hospital at Bong Son, cica January 1970. Back row (left to right): Gordon Watt, Tom Neve, Ian Blakeway, Arthur Norris, 'Blue' Stuart, Alan Earl, Brian McMahon, Owen Snelling, Bob Maitland, Eugene Clements, Gilbert Dampier.
Front row (left to right): Len Thompson, Tony Lancaster, Alan White, Dennis Manson, Lindsay Grenfell, Peter Stitt, 'Barney' Bowen. Image provided by Tom Neve, Image may be subject to copyright restrictions. "

"Members of the 1st New Zealand Services Medical Team outside the hospital at Bong Son, cica January …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Gordon Sutherland AWMM
  • Surname
    Watt AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    Vietnam 80166 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
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Civilian life

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  • Birth
    31 January 1941 AWMM EdinburghScotland AWMM
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  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 158 Esplanade, Kaikoura, New Zealand AWMM
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Medical history

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    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

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  • Sergeant Watt was killed when he triggered a booby trap and incurred multiple fragment wounds.

    He was first buried at Ulu Pandan, Singapore, later exhumed and cremated and his ashes returned to New Zealand. His Memorial Flag was presented to his widow.

    Sergeant Watt's widow, Mrs Gael Keighley of New Plymouth, received the New Zealand Operational Service Medal on his behalf from the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defence at a presentation at the Auckland War Memorial Museum on Thursday 27 November 2003.

    Died of wounds, 1 March 1970 after receiving treatment at 173rd Airborne Brigade, Company B medical center at LZ English in Binh Dinh Province. As a result of a command detonated booby trap near a rebuilt Roman Catholic Cathedral in Tam Quan. DPO Dennis Manson was wounded in the same incident. Sgt Gordon Watt was the RNZAF's only fatal casualty of the Vietnam War. He remains the only air force member killed as a result of enemy action since 1945. Originally buried in Singapore, Sgt Watt's body was exhumed from Ulu Pandan Cemetery, cremated, and his ashes returned to New Zealand. He ashes were then reburied in Te Henui Cemetery, New Plymouth on 1 May 1976. AWMM
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  • Death
    1 March 1970 AWMM
    Age 29 AWMM
    VietnamSoutheast Asia AWMM
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  • Age at death
  • Place of death
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  • Cemetery
    Te Henui Cemetery, New Plymouth, New Zealand AWMM Services Cremation Block B Plot 32 AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Vietnam. AWMM

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