Mulgrew, Peter David. (1927–1979) Chief radio operator
CPO RNZN. British Empire Medal, Polar Medal, JP, FRGS, AMIRE. Educated at Hutt Valley Memorial Technical College, Royal Naval College, Greenwich, and Harvard Business School. He joined the Navy in 1945 and qualified in all aspects of naval radar and radio communications. He completed a course in London with the Royal Geographical Society in surveying, mapping, field astronomy and instrument adjustment, and was elected a fellow of the society in 1947. He returned to New Zealand in 1947 and served as a Petty Officer Radio Mechanic and by 1954 was appointed Chief Radio Electrician. He was selected for TAE as an experienced operator of ionospheric equipment. His association with Hillary continued and in 1960 he was radiooperator and climber in a Himalayan Scientific and Mountaineering Expedition with Hillary, but suffered pulmonary oedema and lost both his lower limbs to frostbite. He retired from the Royal Navy in 1963; participated in a 1964 Himalayan schoolhouse expedition, and in a 1966 Himalayan hospital expedition. He became the New Zealand Manager of Pye Telecommunication. In 1966 he became the General Manager of L J Fisher and Co, and in 1978 the Corporate General Manager of Alex Harvey Industries Ltd in Auckland. A keen yachtsman, he represented New Zealand in the world One Ton Cup yachting championships in Sydney in 1972, and sailed around Cape Horn the following year. He died in the 1979 Mount Erebus plane crash.