TAIPING: The remains of seven New Zealand soldiers who died in World War II were exhumed from the Commonwealth War Graves in the Kamunting Camp and transported to Wardieburn Camp in Kuala Lumpur today and will be flown home on Aug 20.
The forensic analysis process and reconciliation was conducted at Taiping Hospital while identification was done at the camp.
A total of 55 army officers, 40 from government agencies and local universities, along with 23 officers from New Zealand participated in the process.
The remains are of Lance Corporal Teriwhero Percy, Private Robert Malcolm, Private Bruce Harvey, Private Toma Feesago, Private Brian James, Private Tu Terangi and Private George Whiteblock.
Present to witness the official repatriation ceremony of the remains between Malaysia and New Zealand were Second Brigade Commander, Brigadier General Datuk Mohd Nizam Jaafar, Raja Permaisuiri Bainun Hospital head of specialists, Dr Mohd Shafie Othman and New Zealand Air Force representative, Commander Trevor Leslie.