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Richard James Holden Webb

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Portrait of Major General Richard James Holden Webb, c.1969. Photographer unknown. The Dominion Post Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library, EP-NZ Obits-WE to WH-01. Image is subject to copyright restrictions.
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Richard James Holden AWMM
  • Surname
    Webb AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII 800277 AWMM
    • Vietnam 30099 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    21 December 1919 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • WW2 30 Blythewood Flats, Willis Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 30 Blythewood Flats, Willis Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW2 Mrs G.R.H. Webb (mother), 30 Blythewood Flats, Willis Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Mrs G.R.H. Webb (mother), 30 Blythewood Flats, Willis Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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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
    Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
    Cancer AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Richard Webb was the only son, and second child of George Robert Holden Webb and Jessie Muriel Webb. He had two sisters, Rhona Mary and Cynthia Holden. He married Barbara Anne Griffin daughter of Richard Fairbrother and Janet Katharine Bower Griffin. Two children, Michael Richard Holden Webb and Louise Katharine Webb.

    Sir Richard Webb was a career soldier.

    He departed for World War II a Lieutenant within the 6th Field Regiment, 2NZEF. He served later in Headquarters British Commonwealth Occupation Force (Japan) and K Force (1950-1952).

    He was CGS 1970 - 1971 and Chief of the Defence Staff 1971 - 1975. He retired in 1975 with the rank of Lieutenant General.

    There was a full military Funeral at Wellington Cathedral and a interment service for his ashes at Waimate North

    Later Chief of General Staff and Chief of Defence Force. Awarded KBE and CB. AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    24 January 1990 AWMM
    Age 70 AWMM
    KawakawaBay of Islands AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Ashes, St John the Baptist (Anglican) Churchyard, Waimate North, Bay of Islands, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    New Zealand Herald, January 1990.

    Dominion, January 1990. AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • 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 418 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1950). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 16 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1946 to 30th June, 1948). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 16: WW2 140 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
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