Peter W. Earsman

Peter W. Earsman: 1941-2004
Peter Earsman was born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1941 and joined the Royal New Zealand Signal Corps in 1959, rising to the rank of warrant officer first class before taking a discharge in 1979. He served in Vietnam in 1967/68 as a Sergeant with 110 Signal Squadron.

Peter moved to Brisbane, Australia in October 1979 and is married to Kathy, a Registered Nurse. They have three sons Barry, Matthew and Travis. He is currently employed in the security section of the Queensland State Government.

Despite having always been interested in writing, Peter has only recently found the time to pursue this interest with any vigour. Though he has been concentrating on writing poetry, a short story comes to the surface from time to time. He writes all kinds of poems from formal sonnets and blank verse to free-form poetry.

Stating that he has little time for the deep, brain-bleeding poetry that seems to prevail these days, Peter regards that type of writing as largely ego-driven ‘language games’. He considers that it is distorting the real purpose of poetry, which is, in his opinion, to entertain, or at least show ordinary things in an extraordinary or emotional light.

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Army No: 38548
WO1 Peter W. Earsman RNZSIGS (Rtd)
by Mike Subritzky

Vietnam Veteran, Peter Earsman died on the 5th April 2004 at 0054hrs. He had been fighting and suffering Agent Orange related cancer for some time.

Peter Earsman was born in Auckland in 1941, and joined the Royal New Zealand Signals Corps in 1959, rising to the rank of Warrant Officer Class 1 and retired in 1979. As a young soldier Pete had the distinction of firing the flare that opened the Auckland Harbour Bridge circa 1959/60. During 1967/68 he served a tour of duty in Vietnam as a Sergeant with 110 Signals Squadron.

On his retirement from the New Zealand Army Peter moved with his family to Brisbane where he worked in the Security Section of the Queensland State Government. His wife Kathy worked as a State Registered Nurse.

Peter had a life long interest in poetry and had his work published in Australia and New Zealand. He also featured in the war poetry anthology Poems of Distant Wars. At the time of his death he was in the final stages of publishing a book of his work.

His wife Kathy and their three sons Barry, Matthew and Travis survive Peter.


… And well, he lived, and did his duty,
And well, he wrote, of flesh and blood,
Who now departs to a place of beauty,
Where all things will be understood.

Sleep in peace…

©Copyright April 5, 2004 by Colin F. Jones