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Dickson Ngatai

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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

Men from Charlie troop, Royal NZ Signals Regt, laying telephone cable in Korea. New Zealand. Departm …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Dickson AWMM
  • Surname
    Ngatai AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    Korea 204092 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    22 December 1928 AWMM TaurangaBay of Plenty AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Mangakino, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status

Service

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
    Accidental death on active service AWMM

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Served with Kayforce 1951-53

    Vehicle accident

    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

Death

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  • Death
    28 January 1953 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    United Nations Cemetery, Pusan, Korea AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    NZ Herald, 30 January 1953, p. 8. AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malaya-Borneo. AWMM

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Sources

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  • External links
    New Zealand in the Korean War. NZHistory online.
    http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/korean-war
    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
    • Nominal rolls - Nominal rolls embarkation K-force [Korea Nominal Roll], Archives New Zealand, Wellington, AAYS 8638 AD1/1433 (R22440250) AWMM
    • Chamberlain, H. (2013). The New Zealand Korea Roll : honouring those who served in the New Zealand Armed Forces in Korea, 1950-1957. Wellington, N.Z.: Author. AWMM

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