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Barton Wicksteed

Lt Col Barton Wicksteed Commanding Officer of the 17th Field Regiment, RNZA, New Caledonia 1943. Image kindly provided by Mike Wicksteed (February 2019). Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Lt Col Barton Wicksteed Commanding Officer of the 17th Field Regiment, RNZA, New Caledonia 1943. Ima …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Barton AWMM
  • Surname
    Wicksteed AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII 46277 AWMM
    • 33682 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    29 May 1910 AWMM StratfordTaranaki AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pembroke Road, Stratford AWMM
  • Post war occupation
    Barton Wicksteed was a career soldier Public - Mike - Child - 27 April 2017 - Personnel file
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs Eileen Wicksteed (wife), Grand Hotel, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Unknown AWMM Married/WWII AWMM
    • Married to Eileen Hancock whom he met while at Sandhurst. Public - Mike - Child - 27 April 2017 - Family papers


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Teacher/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    He was selected in 1928 to attend the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in England. He left NZ in Public - Mike - Child - 27 April 2017 - Personnel File
  • Age on enlistment

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
    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Served with Regular Force 1928-45

    3 New Zealand Expeditionary Force 1942-44 (Pacific) - Commanding Officer of 17 Field Regiment, 3 Division in Pacific. Previously Commanding Officer of the 33 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment.

    Served with Kayforce 1951-52

    Embarked from the United Kingdom for Kure 6th March 1951.

    Served as Deputy Adjutant and Quartermaster-General (British Commonwealth Forces Korea) 2 April 1951 - 4 August 1952

    "At Pusan, several New Zealanders were under BCFK Sub-Area command, for example, the ordnance personnel and provosts, who were integrated into British units. A New Zealander, Major Barton Wicksteed, a former regular officer who had joined Kayforce from England, was also serving at Taegu as BCFK deputy-adjutant and quartermaster-general." (McGibbon 1996, Vol. 2, p. 194)

    "Major Wicksteed, the deputy adjutant and quartermaster-general in HQ Britcom Korean Base, was still stationed at Taegu, where he also commanded the British Liaison Detachment at 8th Army Headquarters. Following his death in August 1952, Major Trevor Atchley and Major Alan Cooper successively would also hold his appointment." (McGibbon 1996, Vol. 2, p. 276) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    4 August 1952 AWMM
    Age 42 AWMM
    KoreaAsia AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    United Nations Cemetery, Pusan, Korea AWMM
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
    New Zealand in the Korean War. NZHistory online.
    Further Reference
  • 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 425 AWMM
    • 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
      Vol. II: Combat Operations,1996, pp. 194, 276, 371, 393, 413. 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
      p. 432 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
13 November 2017DaleAucklandResearcher
27 April 2017MikeCaterham, EnglandChild

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