Coastwatcher John Jones’ 2nd visit to Musick Point

Former New Zealand Post & Telegraph Department radio operator John Jones, who visited us earlier this year, returned to the Musick Memorial Radio Station with his granddaughter on 9 September 2011.

John had been a coastwatcher on Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands (now Kiribati) during World War 2. He was the first New Zealander to be taken prisoner of war by Japan.

Seventeen of his fellow New Zealanders (radio operators and other personnel) were murdered by Japanese soldiers.

Former coastwatcher John Jones visiting Musick Memorial Radio Station in 2010

Former coastwatcher John Jones visiting Musick Memorial Radio Station in 2011

Former coastwatcher John Jones visiting Musick Memorial Radio Station in 2010

Former coastwatcher John Jones visiting Musick Memorial Radio Station in 2011

Former coastwatcher John Jones visiting Musick Memorial Radio Station in 2010

Former coastwatcher John Jones visiting Musick Memorial Radio Station in 2011

2012: NZ Post video featuring John Jones

2012: John Jones reflects on plans to create a Coastwatchers memorial in Wellington

Updates:

In 2014, a memorial to the Gilbert Islands coast watchers was unveiled in Wellington. (Watch video)

John Jones died on 4 Feb 2017, aged 96.

TVNZ: ‘He had the heart of a warrior’ – Kiwi war hero John Jones dies aged 96

Stuff: Last survivor of World War II radio operators in Kiribati dies

Western Leader: Final farewell: WW II coastwatcher dies

NZ Post: NZ Post acknowledges death of the last of the WWII Pacific Islands Coastwatchers

Coastwatchers Roll of Honour