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Full Name: Arthur May
Rank Last Held: Corporal
Forename(s): Arthur
Surname: May
War: Korean War, 1950-1953
Date of Birth: 20 November 1926
Place of Birth: Christchurch, New Zealand
Occupation before Enlistment: Electrician
Enlistment Address: Nelson, New Zealand
Body on Embarkation: Kayforce
Last Unit Served: Royal New Zealand Army Service Corps
Place of Death: Korea
Date of Death: 21 November 1954
Age at Death: 28
Year of Death: 1954
Cause of Death: Accidental death on active service
Cemetery Name: Yokohama War Cemetery, Japan
Memorial Name: Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malaya-Borneo.
Biographical Notes:
  • Served in Kayforce 1951-53, 1953-54
  • Died of complications after a vehicle accident
  • "An immediate increase in the already heavy workload was noticeable, with November 1954 being the company's [10 Company, RNZASC] busiest month since its inception, more than 335,000 task kilometres being clocked up. It was also a bad month in terms of casualties, for both Driver J.E. Burborough and Corporal Arthur May (one of the company's original members) died as a result of vehicle accidents which occurred on successive days." (McGibbon 1996, vol. 2, p. 358)
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. 358, 372, 408.
  • New Zealand in the Korean War. NZHistory online. URL:
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