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Herbert Lester Humm

Gravestone at UN Cemetery Pusan, Korea for 817039 Herbert Humm. No Known Copyright.

Gravestone at UN Cemetery Pusan, Korea for 817039 Herbert Humm. No Known Copyright.


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Herbert Lester AWMM
  • Surname
    Humm AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    Korea 817039 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    14 August 1931 AWMM ChristchurchCanterbury AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    Korea 817039 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
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Prisoner of war

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

Medical history

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

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Served with Kayforce 1954-55. Died as a result of injuries sustained in an accident on 16 October 1955.

    "By the time the company [10 Company, RNZASC] was formally disbanded on 15 May 1956, its total task 'mileage' in Korea had topped the 9.6 million kilometre mark. It had also suffered one further casualty: Driver H.L. Humm died as a result of injuries he sustained in an accident on 16 October 1955." McGibbon 1996, vol. 2, p. 358.

    Formerly buried at the United Nations Cemetery, Pusan, Korea. Returned to New Zealand as part of the Te Auraki Repatriation Project and buried at Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    21 October 1955 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    KoreaAsia AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch AWMM Plot 379, Block 1I AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malaya-Borneo. AWMM

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  • My Uncle Lester was brought home to New Zealand on 7th October 2018 as part of the NZ Govt/NZDF Te Auraki Project.He was handed over to us,his Family and we interred him at the Ruru Lawn Cemetery,Serviceman's Section on Wednesday 10th October 2018 with due ceremony.
    Public - John Alexander - Direct descendant - 11 October 2018



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  • External links
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 10 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1943 to 31st March, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Ian McGibbon, New Zealand and the Korean War, Volume II: Combat Operations, Oxford University Press, Auckland, 1996, pp. 358, 372, 405. 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.209 AWMM
    • Nominal rolls - Nominal rolls embarkation K-force [Korea Nominal Roll], Archives New Zealand, Wellington, AAYS 8638 AD1/1433 (R22440250) AWMM


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11 October 2018John AlexanderBlenheim--New ZealandDirect descendant

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