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Full Name: Wallace Bruce Dickson
Rank Last Held: Gunner
Forename(s): Wallace Bruce
Surname: Dickson
War: Korean War, 1950-1953
Serial No.: 203658
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 10 June 1929
Place of Birth: Te Puke, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
First Known Rank: Gunner
Occupation before Enlistment: Carpenter's apprentice
Next of Kin: Mrs E.M. Dickson (mother), Papamoa RD, Te Puke, 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)
Military Awards: New Zealand Operational Service Medal (NZOSM)
Last Unit Served: Royal New Zealand Artillery, 16 Field Regiment
Place of Death: West-central sector of the United Nations front
Date of Death: 4 October 1951
Age at Death: 22
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, 9 October 1951, p. 8.
Biographical Notes:
  • Served with Kayforce 1950-51
  • Gunner Dickson's sister, Mrs Pam Jamieson of Huntly, 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:
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:
  • 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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