Patara Tarawhiti

Date of death
Place of death
Western Desert

World War 2

Serial No
Address on enlistment
Huntly West, New Zealand
Next of kin
Mrs Tarawhiti (mother), Huntly West, New Zealand

Extra information from Patara Tarawhiti's personnel file supplied by Hone Nuku Tarawhiti:

1. Full name: Private Patara Tarawhiti      

2. Rank last held: Private                                                                           

3. Forenames: Patara

4. Surname: Tarawhiti

5.. War: World War II 1939 - 1945

6. Next of Kin: Mrs. Hana Tarawhiti (Mother)        

7. Regimental No: 26046

8. Iwi: Ngati Whawhakia

          Te Ngaungau

          Ngati Mahuta


9. Gender: Male                 

10.Religion: Mormon

11.Date of birth: 14 March 1910.

12.Place of birth: Puketapu, Huntly, New Zealand.

13. First known rank: Private.

14. Occupation before Enlistment: Mine Trucker

15. Martial Status: Single.

16. Enlistment Address: Huntly West, New Zealand.

17. Physical Description - Height: 5'9"

                                          Eyes:   Brown

                                          Hair:    Black

                             Complexion:     Dark.

18. Enlistment Date: 15 May 1940.

19. Military District: Huntly.

20. Body of Embarkation:

                                  Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF)                    

                                  Nominal Roll No 3.

21. Embarkation Unit: D Company, 28th Maori Battalion.

22. Embarkation Date: 8 November 1940

23. Destination: England.

24. Other Units:   D Company 28 Maori Bn

25. Campaigns: North Africa


                          Middle East..

26. Military Awards : 1939-45 Star

                                  Africa Star.

                                  War Medal 1939 - 1945

                                  New Zealand War Service Medal.               

      These medals were awarded and claimed by his mother in 1950

27. Discharge Date : Killed in Action

28. Last Unit served: 28 Maori Battalion.

29. Reason for Discharge: Killed in Action

30. Place of Death: Western Desert Campaign, El Alamein

31. Date of Death: 5 July 1942

32. Age of Death: 32

33. Year of Death: 1942

34. Cause of Death :

35  Cemetery Name: El Alamein War Cemetery

36. Biographical Notes:

  • Patara Tarawhiti was adopted to George Tahau Ariki Tarawhiti
  • Patara was married to a lady from Tauhei and had a son called Patara.
  • Patara went AWOL in 1940 many times.This continued in1941 when he was overseas. He was on CB and loss of pay.        
  • Previous Military service 4th Mounted Rifles 1 Camp.
  • Gratuity was given to his sister Tangi Berryman and George Tarawhiti
  • His medals were issued and claimed by his mother in 1950.
  • Patara is buried in the El Alamein War Cemetery VIII.J.5

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