Reweti Ihaka

Ingoa whānau
Ihaka
Ingoa tuatahi
Reweti
Date of death
2-Nov-42
Place of death
Western Desert

World War 2

Tau Rangatū
62732
Tūnga
Sergeant
Address on enlistment
Te Kao, New Zealand
Whanaunga tino tata i te wā o te kuhunga
Mrs T.P. Ihaia (mother), Te Kao, New Zealand
Ngā tuhinga

Brothers' Rāwhiti and Riki also served with the Battalion.

Takupu (2)

Reweti Ihaka was KIA during enemy artillery bombardment on 2 Nov 42. His remains are kept at the memorial graves at El Alamein. Reweti Ihaka had the distinction of being one of the few Maori of A Coy 28 Bn who had flaming red hair. His close friend from the same Northern company, was Tamati Paraone of Ngati Hine. Who shared some moving and emotional stories with me about Reweti some years ago at a commemoration ceremony at Maori Television.

At our recent (Ihaka) Family Reunion, I spoke with a cousin, Eru Manuera, about the possibilty of winning Lotto and travelling to Egypt just to visit our Uncle. Tragically, Eru passed away shortly after our reunion. The wish remains to be able to visit an Uncle I never knew.