Patara Tarawhiti

Ingoa whānau
Ingoa tuatahi
Date of death
Place of death
Western Desert

World War 2

Tau Rangatū
Wāhi noho
Huntly West, New Zealand
Whanaunga tino tata i te wā o te kuhunga
Mrs Tarawhiti (mother), Huntly West, New Zealand
Ngā tuhinga

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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