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Walter Sneddon McKinnon



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Walter Sneddon AWMM
  • Surname
    McKinnon AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Bill AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII 804814 AWMM
    • Vietnam 30015 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1935 AWMM 98 Khandallah Road, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs A.B. McKinnon (wife) 98 Khandallah Road, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM


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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
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Biographical information

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    • Married Anna Plimmer 1937. Father of Don, Ian, Kate and John

      Educated at Otago Boy's High School, gained a science degree at Otago University.

      He attended gunnery and radar courses in the United Kingdom between 1938 and 1940 and served with 2NZEF in the Pacific. Played a part in organising the anti-aircraft defence of New Zealand. He also took part in the Italian campaign and spent time in Japan with Jayforce.

      Appointed Chief General Staff from 1965-1967 where he persuaded the New Zealand government to send an artillery battery to Vietnam.

      These extracts are taken from an eulogy written by Sir Terry McLean and published in the Sunday Star Times 31 May 1998. "After service in the Pacific zone and Italy during World War 2, Walter McKinnon was appointed Chief Administrative Officer of the Brigade Group to Japan as the initial Kiwi J Force. In Japan the 22nd was posted just down the road from Brigade HQ, while the other units were miles away. This meant that, by virtue of Colonel McKinnon's directives, we copped plenty. It also meant that on the day, after months of work, we opened a tennis court in a bombed-out hangar in Chofu, Col McKinnon demanded, and had to be given, first use of an amenity over which our blokes had sweated, toil, tears and blood."

      His youngest son, John McKinnon, was appointed Secretary of Defence in 2006

      Later Chief of General Staff. Also served under service number 804814. AWMM
    • Father of Don, Ian, Katherine, Malcolm & John Public - Cam - Other Relative - 29 April 2015 - Family knowledge
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About death

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  • Death
    20 May 1998 AWMM
    Age 87 AWMM
    WellingtonNew Zealand AWMM
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  • Obituary
    Obituary: New Zealand Herald 23 May, 1998

    Obituary: Evening Post, 28 May 1998 AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 9 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1942 to 31st December, 1942). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 9: WW2 255 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 14 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1944 to 31st December, 1944). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 14: WW2 62 AWMM
    • Subritsky, M. (Ed). (1995). The Vietnam scrapbook: The second ANZAC adventure. Papakura, N.Z.: Three Feathers Publishing Co. AWMM
    • Hall, C. (2014). No front line : inside stories of New Zealand's Vietnam War. Auckland, New Zealand : Penguin Books. AWMM
    • This record was created from data kindly provided by the New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage. AWMM
    • Brocklebank, L.W. (1997). Jayforce : New Zealand and the military occupation of Japan, 1945-48. Auckland, N.Z.: Oxford University Press. AWMM


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29 April 2015CamCambridge, NZOther Relative

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