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2014 Year-to-date Listings

Total 2013 - 46
Total 2012 - 31
Total 2011 - 47
Total 2010 - 31
Total 2009 - 50
Total 2008 - 34
Total 2007 - 38
Total 2006 - 33
Total 2005 - 32
Total 2004 - 28
Roll of Honour 2014
01.] 723767 G. D. HANNA RNZIR
05 January 2014, in his 69th year.
V4 Infantry Rifle Company, 1 ATF, South Vietnam.
No. 49 - V4 RNZIR Roll.
02.] H208249 P. R. SUMNER RNZASC
January 2014, in his 84th year.
HQ NZ V FORCE, South Vietnam.
No. 51 - HQ NZ V FORCE Roll.
03.] 393807 L. D. TATANA RNZIR
14 January 2014, suddenly at his home.
V6 Infantry Rifle Company, 1 ATF, South Vietnam.
No. 30 - V6 RNZIR Roll.
04.] 341393 D. C. Te I. M. PANUI RNZIR
29 January 2014, in his 77th year.
V6 Infantry Rifle Company, 1 ATF, South Vietnam.
No. - V6 RNZIR Roll.
05.] 40508 W. B. PERRYRNZIR
3 February 2014, in his 73rd year.
V3 Infantry Rifle Company, 1 ATF, South Vietnam.
No. 40 - V3 RNZIR Roll.
06.] 814386 J. P. BELLAMY RNZA
4 February 2014. 161 Battery, 1 ATF, South Vietnam.
No. 214 - 161 BTY Roll.
07.] 42192 R. M. BROWNRNZIR
7 February 2014, in his 69th year.
WI Infantry Rifle Company, 1 ATF, South Vietnam.

No. 33 - W1 Roll.
08.] X41605 J. T. MURRAY NZSAS
16 February, in his 69th year
4 Troop NZSAS, 1 ATF, South Vietnam.
No. 20 - NZSAS Roll.
09.] T465146 W. G. HUGHES RNZA
25 February 2014, in his 76th year
161 Battery, 1 ATF, South Vietnam.
No. 225 - 161 BTY Roll.
10.] 41770 J. A. HEREWINI RNZIR
14 March 2014, in his 67th year
ANZAC Bn Command, 1 ATF, South Vietnam.
No. 21 ANZAC Bn Command Roll.
11.] 42318 J. NIWA RNZA
26 March 2014, in his 77th year
161 Battery, 1 ATF, South Vietnam.
No. 226 - 161 Bty Roll.
12.] 38384 J. E. GOSNEY RNZEME
27 March 2014, in his 71st year
Attached 161 Battery, 1 ATF, South Vietnam.
No. 227 - 161 Bty Roll.
13.] 350483 P. S. HOPKINS RNZIR
30 March 2014, in his 74th year
W3 Infantry Rifle Company, 1 ATF, South Vietnam.
No. 42 - W3 Roll.
14.] 42306 C. W. BERRIDGE RNZIR
5 April 2014, in his 68th year
W1 Infantry Rifle Company, 1 ATF, South Vietnam.
No. 53 - W1 Roll.
15.] 82645 R.T.W. HADFORD RNZA
5 April 2014.
161 Battery, 1 ATF, South Vietnam
No. 292 - 161 Bty Roll.
16.] 581470 M. F. N. THOMAS RNZIR
10 April 2014.
V5 Infantry Rifle Company, 1 ATF, South Vietnam.
No. 24 - V5 Roll.
17.] 14995 M. R. RITANI RNZIR
19 April 2014, in his 77th year.
W2 Infantry Rifle Company, 1 ATF, South Vietnam.
No. 45 - W2 Roll.

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 Deceased New Zealand Vietnam Veteran Funeral Details - 2014 

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The Last Post background ensemble is that played by the Australian Army Band 25 April 2010, during the ANZAC Day service held at Robina on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.

The ensemble for the New Zealand Vietnam veterans funeral notice is due recognition of the 'ANZAC SPIRIT', given that the majority of New Zealand Defence Force personnel served in South Vietnam as sub-units' of the 1st Australian Task Force.

May the soul rest in peace, as we reflect upon contribution of our contemporary to maintaining freedom and security for nations and all people therein.

"As on our arms reversed we rest,
Reflecting upon those who gave their best,
Let our sorrow echo to most,
Prior to final call of LAST POST."
Copyright. Victor R Johnson MNZM, 2007.


The following are defintions of the abbreviations on this page:
  • ALSG - Australian Logistical Support Group
  • ATF - Australian Task Force

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14995 Milton Ray RITANI

Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment

W2 Infantry Rifle Company, 1st Australian Task Force, South Vietnam

Suddenly, in his 77th year.

Service Details
Tuesday, 22 April 2014.
1100 hours.
Aoraki Funeral Home Chapel.
. City/Town
160 Mountain View Road, Timaru.
Messages to Ritani Family, 21 Hawea Street, Timaru 7910.
Additional Information
Prior to service with the New Zealand Army, Milton had also served with the Royal New Zealand Navy.

The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

'Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you ?
Have you always turned the other cheek ?
To My Church have you been true?'

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
'No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

'Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well..
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.'

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