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Dickson Ngatai

Men from Charlie troop, Royal NZ Signals Regt, laying telephone cable in Korea. New Zealand. Department of Internal Affairs. War History Branch :Photographs relating to World War 1914-1918, World War 1939-1945, occupation of Japan, Korean War, and Malayan Emergency. Original caption in album PA1-q-315 reads: "Charlie troop, Royal N.Z. Signal Regt, attached to 1st Commonwealth Signals, laying cable through a dispenser to form a snake of 5 wires. Pulling the 'snake' to the next post is: Sig. A L Philip of Cambridge, N.Z. while Sig, D N [Ngatai ?] of Tauranga, N.Z. guides it through the dispenser. The man in charge of the cable drums is: L/Cpl R. Rigg, of Twickingham, Eng. In one year Div Sigs have laid 10,000 miles of cable. 600 hundred [sic] miles of cable are in use and maintained by Div.Sigs. at present." Photograph taken 3 September 1952, by an unidentified New Zealand Army photographer. Ref: K-1338. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/23014910
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Dickson AWMM
  • Surname
    Ngatai AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    Korea 204092 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
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  • Birth
    22 December 1928 AWMM TaurangaTauranga AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
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    Unknown AWMM Mangakino, New Zealand AWMM
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  • War
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    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    Korea 204092 AWMM
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    Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
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  • Served with Kayforce 1951-53

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    Signalman Ngatai's niece, Mrs Puharangi Ngatai of Tauranga 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 AWMM


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  • Death
    28 January 1953 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
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  • Cemetery
    United Nations Cemetery, Pusan, Korea AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    NZ Herald, 30 January 1953, p. 8. AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malaya-Borneo. AWMM

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  • External links
    New Zealand in the Korean War. NZHistory online.
    Further Reference
  • Documents
    • McGibbon, I.C. (1992-1996). New Zealand and the Korean War (Vols. 1-2). Auckland, N.Z.; Wellington, N.Z.: Oxford University Press in association with the Historical Branch, Dept. of Internal Affairs. AWMM
      pp. 371, 408. AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      30 January 1953, p. 8. AWMM
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