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Full Name: Dickson Ngatai
Rank Last Held: Signalman
Forename(s): Dickson
Surname: Ngatai
War: Korean War, 1950-1953
Serial No.: 204092
Date of Birth: 22 December 1928
Place of Birth: Tauranga, New Zealand
Occupation before Enlistment: Labourer
Enlistment Address: Mangakino, New Zealand
Body on Embarkation: Kayforce
Military Awards: New Zealand Operational Service Medal (NZOSM)
Last Unit Served: RoyalNew Zealand Corps of Signals
Date of Death: 28 January 1953
Age at Death: 24
Year of Death: 1953
Cause of Death: Accidental death on active service
Cemetery Name: United Nations Cemetery, Pusan, Korea
Memorial Name: Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malaya-Borneo.
Obituary: NZ Herald, 30 January 1953, p. 8.
Biographical Notes:
  • Served with Kayforce 1951-53
  • Vehicle accident
  • Signalman Ngatai's niece, Mrs Puharangi Ngatai of Tauranga 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
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:
  • Ian McGibbon, New Zealand and the Korean War, Volume II: Combat Operations, Oxford University Press, Auckland, 1996, pp. 371, 408.
  • New Zealand in the Korean War. NZHistory online. URL: http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/korean-war
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