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Full Name: Stanley James Kidd
Rank Last Held: Lieutenant
Forename(s): Stanley James
Surname: Kidd
War: Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Serial No.: 838605
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 1944
Place of Birth: Auckland, New Zealand
Marital Status: Single
Embarkation Unit: Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, 1 Battalion (1RNZIR), Victor 4 Company
Military Awards: New Zealand Operational Service Medal (NZOSM)
Last Unit Served: Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, 1 Battalion (1RNZIR), Victor 4 Company
Place of Death: Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam
Date of Death: 17 April 1970
Age at Death: 26
Year of Death: 1970
Cause of Death: Killed in action
Cemetery Name: Papakura Public Cemetery, Great South Road and Settlement Road, Papakura, New Zealand
Grave Reference: RSA Section: Row L, Plot 34. H/S: 838605
Memorial Name: Papakura - Karaka War Memorial, Great South Road, Papakura, New Zealand
Biographical Notes:
  • The only son in a family of seven, Lieutenant Kidd was educated at the Westmere Primary School, Pasadena Intermediate and Rotorua High School. After leaving school he worked for a short time in Rotorua and Christchurch before receiving his commission in the Territorial Force. Lieutenant Kidd was a fine singer and guitarist and led a dance band in Christchurch. He was a popular entertainer in Rotorua and in the Army.
  • On August 1 1965, he received his commission at Waiouru in the Territorial Force. He joined the Regular Force on April 17 1967 and was posted to Singapore from the Burnham Military Camp after having his final leave in South Auckland. He was stationed in Singapore for a year, and had served 8 months in Vietnam when he was killed.
  • His death occurred when his patrol was ambushed on April 17 1970, exactly three years to the day since he had joined the Regular Force and only six days before he was due to go to Singapore for six weeks leave. From there, he was to return to New Zealand on 29 May 1970.
  • Killed in action - general shrapnel wound to arm and chest
  • Lieutenant Kidd's father, Mr Henry Beehre of Waiuku, received the New Zealand Operational Service Medal on his behalf from the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defence at a presentation at the Auckland War Memorial Museum on Thursday 27 November 2003
  • Remembered on the Papakura - Karaka War Memorial
Description of Image:
  • Portrait
  • Headstone, Papakura Public Cemetery
  • Papakura-Karaka War Memorial View 3 (photo John Halpin 2010)
  • Papakura-Karaka War Memorial, Names (photo John Halpin 2010)
Further References:
  • News Advertiser 30 April 1970, p1.
  • New Zealand Ex-Vietnam Services Association Inc.
Sources Used: Subritsky, M. (Compiler). (1995). The Vietnam scrapbook: "The second ANZAC adventure". Papakura, Three Feathers Publishing Co.
Previous Military Experience: Territorial
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