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Full Name: Mervyn Frederick Frith
Rank Last Held: Gunner
Forename(s): Mervyn Frederick
Surname: Frith
War: Korean War, 1950-1953
Serial No.: 203526
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 13 February 1928
Place of Birth: New Plymouth, New Zealand
First Known Rank: Gunner
Occupation before Enlistment: Machine Operator
Next of Kin: Mrs C. Frith (mother), Springs Flat, Kamo, Whangarei, North Auckland, New Zealand
Enlistment Address: Auckland, New Zealand
Body on Embarkation: Kayforce
Embarkation Unit: 161 Battery
Embarkation Date: 10 December 1950
Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Vessel: Ormonde
Destination: Pusan, Korea (1 January 1951)
Last Unit Served: Royal New Zealand Artillery, 16 Field Regiment
Place of Death: Korea
Date of Death: 5 November 1951
Age at Death: 23
Year of Death: 1951
Cause of Death: Died of wounds
Cemetery Name: United Nations Cemetery, Pusan, Korea
Memorial Name: Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malaya-Borneo.
Obituary: NZ Herald, 7 November 1951, p. 6.
Biographical Notes: Served with Kayforce 1950-51
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
  • 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.
  • New Zealand Defence Force. Roll of Honour. Personnel who have died on operational service since 3 September 1945. URL:
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