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John William Moodie

Mackley, Ian Chappell, 1928-2016. New Zealand personnel photographed during a tour of inspection by Brigader R S Park and Brigadier W G Gentry. 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 reads: "L to R: Capt R Mason, Wellington; Sgt Gallagher, Wellington, Gun Sgt for 162 Bty; Brig Pike, CRA Comm Div; Lt Col Moodie, OC 16 NZ Fd Regt, Dunedin; Maj Gen Mackay Lewis, DGRA Imperial Army; Maj Solomon, Auckland". Ref: K-0547-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22856597

Mackley, Ian Chappell, 1928-2016. New Zealand personnel photographed during a tour of inspection by …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    John William AWMM
  • Surname
    Moodie AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • 20855 AWMM
    • Korea 20042 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    8 June 1907 AWMM DunedinOtago AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Unknown AWMM 39 Pacific Street, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
    • Unknown AWMM Unknown AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mrs P.C. Moodie (wife), 44 Hinemoa St, Hamilton, New Zealand AWMM
    • Unknown AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMM
      DSO citation: "In recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Korea during the period 21st January to 30th June 1951. Lieutenant Colonel Moodie has been in command of the 16th Field Regiment, Royal New Zealand Artillery, since its arrival in Korea in December 1950, and subsequently during the whole period that it has been in support of the 27th British Commonwealth Brigade. Due to the fact that the Regiment wholly consisted of volunteers, many of the personnel at its inception lacked artillery experience. That the Regiment was rapidly welded into a first class artillery machine, which stood up to the test of the battle, was largely due to the enthusiasm, guidance and leadership of Lieutenant Colonel Moodie. Throughout operations this officer gave invaluable advice and support to his Brigade Commander and cheerfully carried out all tasks for his Regiment. This included siting his guns well forward of the remainder of the brigade group when in support of a South Korean Division on the 21st April, which subsequently rapidly retreated. Lieutenant Colonel Moodie extricated his guns coolly and with skill, and brought them rapidly into action in support of the 27th British Commonwealth Brigade, who were committed as a result of the withdrawal of the South Korean Division. During the subsequent action between the 22nd and 25th April, the 16th New Zealand Field Regiment under the intrepid leadership of Lieutenant Colonel Moodie gave invaluable and essential support to the infantry, firing many thousands of rounds and materially assisting in bringing the Chinese attack to a standstill." (London Gazette, 18 June 1952) AWMM
    • 1939-1945 Star AWMM
    • Africa Star (8th Army clasp) AWMM
    • Italy Star AWMM
    • Defence Medal AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM
    • Korea Medal (EIIR) AWMM
    • Coronation Medal 1953 AWMM
    • Efficiency Decoration (ED) AWMM
    • United Nations Medal for Korea AWMM
    • New Zealand Operational Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Wounds Diseases Etc., WWII AWMM
    Wounded on 26 November 1941 AWMM

Biographical information

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  • Served as Troop Commander with 34 Anti-Tank Battery and 7 Anti-Tank Regiment early in WWII.

    Promoted to Major and Battery Commander of 4 Field Regiment in November 1942.

    Returned to New Zealand in April 1944.

    Served as Commanding Officer (CO) of 16 Field Regiment in Korea, August 1950 - March 1952.

    Member of the Coronation Contingent in 1953. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    11 May 1991 Allan Steel Cemetery Project
    Age 83 AWMM
    LevinManawatu-Wanganui Allan Steel Cemetery Project
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  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Greenpark RSA Cemetery, Dunedin City Council AWMM Block 1A, Plot 23 AWMM
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  • External links
    New Zealand in the Korean War. NZHistory online.
    Further Reference
  • References
    • K-Force nominal roll : embarked for Korea on 'Ormonde' on 10 December 1950 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 2 (Embarkations to 30th June, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 2: WW2 unknown page AWMM
    • Murphy, W. (1966). 2nd New Zealand Divisional Artillery. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. 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
    • This record was partially compiled from data kindly provided by Allan Steel Cemetery Project (2020) AWMM

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