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ID number EKN/69/0183/VN
Collection Photograph
Object type Colour
Date made 1969
Physical description Colour


South Vietnam, 11 December 1969. The New Zealand Army Roman Catholic padre, Chaplain Ray Stachurski, administering the last rites to 55613 Private (Pte) Robert Buchan, D Company, 6RAR /NZ(ANZAC) (The ANZAC Battalion comprising 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment and a component from the 1st Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment) in a clearing near the Company Headquarters after his body, wrapped in a hutchi, was brought on a stretcher from the contact area. Pte Buchan was killed in action during Operation Marsden when 6RAR /NZ(ANZAC) searched for and found a significant enemy logistics complex on Nui May Tao, a 2,000 foot hill, in the north east corner of Phuoc Tuy Province on the junction of Phuoc Tuy, Binh Tuy and Long Khan Provinces.