Battalion rugby team, 1943

The Māori Battalion's Freyberg Cup-winning rugby team photographed at the Divisional Football Ground, Castel Benito, Tripoli, before the final against Divisional Signals on 14 February 1943. Read more about this match.


L-R Back Row
P. Taiapa (Selector), J. Smith, W. Te Purei, D. K. Aratema, A. Kenny, S. F. Jackson (Capt), F. Henderson, C. Taite, W. D. P. Wordley, H. Kingi (Coach).

H. H. Takarangi, D. Hapi, O. Tumataroa, R. Rautahi, A. Hakaraia, H. Hohepa, T. Matenga.

Absent: Tutu Wirepa (Selector), C. Norris, P. Kurupo, ? Edmonds.

Image and information from April 1986 The Battalion Remembers booklet
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Takupu (2)

The Hakaraia in the front row is my Uncle Arda Hakaraia from Otaki. He was born here and is buried here. He's actually not listed in the nominal role, why, I don't no. I'll upload his RSA headstone...Older brother of Rakaherea Hakaraia