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Full Name: Bryce Whangapirita
Rank Last Held: Driver
Forename(s): Bryce
Surname: Whangapirita
War: Korean War, 1950-1953
Serial No.: 206610
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 3 November 1928
Place of Birth: Ruatoria, Gisborne, New Zealand
Occupation before Enlistment: Labourer
Enlistment Address: Wellington, New Zealand
Body on Embarkation: Kayforce
Embarkation Unit: Royal New Zealand Army Service Corps
Last Unit Served: Royal New Zealand Army Service Corps
Place of Death: Imjin River, Korea
Date of Death: 23 June 1952
Age at Death: 23
Year of Death: 1952
Cause of Death: Accidental drowning
Cemetery Name: United Nations Cemetery, Pusan, Korea
Memorial Name: Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malaya-Borneo.
Biographical Notes:
  • Served with Kayforce 1951-52
  • "The men of the Workshops Platoon were particularly comfortable, being able to use their facilities to build a shower unit, frames for mosquito nets, and other amenities, as well as putting electric lighting in their tents. They were close to the Imjin, and during summer were able to swim regularly. Steps were taken to minimize the risks after a tragedy on 23 June, when Driver Bryce Whangapirita got into difficulties while swimming across the river and drowned." (McGibbon 1996, vol. 2, p. 268)
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:
Sources Used: 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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