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70 years ago this month

To ready for the approaching Winter Campaign the Battalion completed a 100-mile march from Maadi to Alexandria in six days. They also suffered casualties during night manoeuvres.  Read the war diary for August 1943 here

Tene Rickit

Serial No: 
415449
Surname: 
Rickit
Forename(s): 
Tene
Next of kin on enlistment: 
Mrs V.E. Rickit (wife), 2 William Street, Petone, New Zealand
Rank: 
Sergeant
Address on enlistment: 
16 Ranui Cresent, Khandallah, Wellington, New Zealand
Date of death: 
30 May,1944
Place of death: 
Italy

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In proud and loving memory

RICKIT. — In loving memory of Tene, our dear husband and daddy, killed in action in Italy on May 30, 1944.  R.I.P.   Mella and Michael.

RICKIT. — In loving memory of our beloved Tene, killed in action in Italy, May 30, 1944.  R.I.P. Always remembered by mum, dad, and Love family.

RICKIT. — In proud and loving memory of my son Tene, killed in action, Italy, May 30, 1944. 

I'll see you smiling through the years,

And keep the leaves of memory green.

Dear soldier son, through life's tears,

I'll treasure all that might have been.

While life and memory last I will remember thee.

Inserted by his father, H. Rickit, Taupo.

RICKIT. - In ever loving memory of my brother Tene, killed in action, Italy, May 30, 1944.

We have lost, but heaven has gained,

He yielded up the splendour of his youth

That we might live in freedom and in truth.

This I know when the call is given,

I'll meet him once again in heaven.

Remembered always by his brother Arthur.

RICKIT. - Tene, Sgt, 28th Maori Battalion.— In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Killed in action in Italy, May 3.0, 1944. R.I.P. Inserted by his father, sister, and brothers.

RICKIT. — In fond and loving memory of our nephew and cousin, Tene, killed in action. May 30, 1944. R.I.P. Always in our thoughts.  Auntie Roni and Gail.

'Roll of Honour - In Memoriam'. The Evening Post,  30 May 1945.  URL: http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz

"One of the best."

The following notice was placed in The Evening Post on 21 June 1944, Page 1:

NEW ZEALAND ROLL OF HONOUR

DEATH

RICKIT, Tene, , T/Sgt, 2nd N.Z.E.F. (formerly 2/Lieutenant, Ist Bn. Wellington Regt).— Killed in action overseas. "One of the best." Inserted by some of the boys of the Regiment.

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'New Zealand Roll of Honour'. The Evening Post,  21 June 1944, p1 URL: http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz

"I stood and held a silent tangi."

In 1945, Rev. M. A Bennett wrote a letter home from Italy to his father, Bishop Bennett.  It was posted in the Waiapu Church Gazette, 1 May 1945, Page 9. He writes:

"On my way up to the battalion I stopped at Cassino and saw the rubbled remains of that town where such an epochal battle was fought by this battalion. I stood on the spot where Alby was last seen; I also visited the cemetery where so many of our boys who died in and around Cassino are buried, including Glen Rogers, Tene Rickitt and Johnny Graham, over whose graves I stood and held a silent tangi."

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It is also found in the comment section of The Maori Chaplains | 28th Maori Battalion

'With the Maori Battalion'. Waiapu Church Gazette, Volume 36, Issue 2, 1 May 1945, p9 URL: http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz