ABBOTT, Thomas Willie, QSM
|Rank:||Leading Cook Ordinary||Service Number:||NZ13965|
|Date Joined:||27th September 1951||Date Discharged:||4th July 1954|
Thomas Abbott joined the Royal New Zealand Navy in 1951. After basic training he was posted to the shore establishment HMNZS Philomel as a cook. He then served on the frigate HMNZS Hawea in this role, including a deployment to Korean waters during the conflict there. He was then posted to HMNZS Irirangi, where he helped in the rescue efforts after the Tangiwai train disaster for which he received a commendation from the Chief of Naval Staff. Shortly afterwards he left the RNZN. In 1979 he was awarded the Queen's Service Medal for community service.
|Medal Description (First three medals only, Left to Right):|
Note: The other medals shown were awarded to Thomas Abbott for Life Saving by the Royal Life Saving Society