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Full Name
Dennis Siddall Fielden
Rank Last Held
Second Lieutenant
Forename(s)
Dennis Siddall
Surname
Fielden
War
Korean War, 1950-1953
Serial No.
203624
Gender
Male
Date of Birth
17 November 1918
Place of Birth
St Albans, England
First Known Rank
Second Lieutenant
Occupation before Enlistment
Salesman
Next of Kin
Mr F. Fielden (father), England
Enlistment Address
Auckland, New Zealand
Body on Embarkation
Kayforce
Embarkation Unit
163 Battery
Embarkation Date
10 December 1950
Place of Embarkation
Wellington, New Zealand
Vessel
Ormonde
Destination
Pusan, Korea (1 January 1951)
Other Units
  • Royal Artillery
  • Royal Air Force (RAF)
Military Awards
  • New Zealand Operational Service Medal (NZOSM)
  • Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) Posthumous
Last Unit Served
Royal New Zealand Artillery, 16 Field Regiment
Place of Death
Korea
Date of Death
24 April 1951
Age at Death
32
Year of Death
1951
Cause of Death
Killed in action
Cemetery Name
United Nations Cemetery, Pusan, Korea
Memorial Name
Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malaya-Borneo.
Obituary
NZ Herald, 2 May 1951, p. 8.
Biographical Notes
  • Served seven years with Royal Artillery and Royal Air Force (RAF)
  • Served with Kayforce 1950-51
  • "A few individuals would in due course receive tangible recognition of their services, though the strict quotas imposed on the award of decorations ensured that some worthy cases missed out. On Ferguson's [Lt-Col Ian Bruce Ferguson] recommendation, Hunt was awarded an immediate mention in despatches. So, too, was Fielden, posthumously; the death of this popular and unassuming officer, the regiment's first battle casualty, had been much regretted by officers and men alike." (McGibbon 1996, vol. 2, p. 138)
Description of Image
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malaya-Borneo (taken in April 1999).
  • Hall of Memories WW2, Auckland War Memorial Museum, looking East (taken in April 1999)
Further References
  • The Auckland Museum Library holds a collection of pamphlets (donated by Mrs K. Gillon) on New Zealanders at Kap'yong that includes some details about Lieutenant Fielden.
  • McGibbon, I.C. (1992-1996).Volume II: Combat Operations, pp. 77, 99-100, 121, 124, 138, 147, 371, 376, 403, 438 n55, 441 n136. [photo of D.S. Fielden pp. 94-95]
  • New Zealand in the Korean War. NZHistory online. URL: http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/korean-war
Sources Used
  • K-Force nominal roll : embarked for Korea on 'Ormonde' on 10 December 1950
  • New Zealand Defence Force. Roll of Honour. Personnel who have died on operational service since 3 September 1945. URL: http://medals.nzdf.mil.nz/info/roll-of-honour/index.html
  • 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.
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