28 October 2010
Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Jerry Mateparae sends the condolences of the New Zealand Defence Force to the family of John Masters.
“I had enormous respect for John and his passing is a very sad moment,” says Lt Gen Mateparae.
“His contribution to the Defence Force, and the Army in particular, was recognised in him being awarded the inaugural ANZAC of the Year award. He saw service in Borneo and Vietnam, was the recipient of the Military Cross, and retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel having served for 27 years in Army.
“His gallantry on the battlefield is remembered and continues to set standards to which current and future generations of soldiers aspire.
“Beyond this, he is also remembered for his contribution to veterans’ welfare. His testimony to the Health Select Committee was crucial to breaking open the facts of New Zealand service personnel being exposed to chemicals during the Vietnam War. He would later become a Trustee of the Vietnam Veterans and their Families Trust.
“John was also instrumental in the raising of funds required to keep the Rannerdale War Veterans home open. In 2002 he was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM).
“Today we mourn the loss of a fine soldier and a fine New Zealander.”