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'Kiwi hill', headquarters of 16th Field Regiment, 1953 (4th of 4)

'Kiwi hill', headquarters of 16th Field Regiment, 1953

This is the post-armistice Korean headquarters of the 16th Field Regiment, Royal New Zealand Artillery, on what became known as 'kiwi hill' due to its large kiwi symbol. The chapel of St Barbara, on the summit of the hill, was built by the New Zealanders as an ecumenical chapel under the direction of Chaplain R. H. Rangiihu. The camp was set up in August 1953 after the July armistice which brought fighting to an end. At this time there was no certainty that war would not break out again. The last artillery units returned to New Zealand in November 1954. Transport and base sections of Kayforce remained in Korea until July 1957.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, War History Collection (DA-01514)
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Ian McGibbon, 'Asian conflicts - Kayforce', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/34528/kiwi-hill-headquarters-of-16th-field-regiment-1953 (accessed 19 October 2021)

Story by Ian McGibbon, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Feb 2016