Wi Te Kowha Hau

Ingoa whānau
Hau
Ingoa tuatahi
Wi Te Kowha
E mōhiotia ana ki te ingoa
Wi Tekouha
Date of death
2-Nov-42
Place of death
Western Desert

World War 2

Tau Rangatū
39528
Tūnga
Sergeant
Address on enlistment
Porirua, Wellington, New Zealand
Whanaunga tino tata i te wā o te kuhunga
Mr Hau (father), Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Takupu (1)

Was a night attack on the 2nd Nov 1942,to advance 2 miles,this was a second thrust at Rommels lines in the Tell el Anqaqir area. Supporting artillery began firing @1:05am and the assulting companies set off some 150 yards behind the barrage. C company on the right and D company on the left,B A companies would do the mopping up,as the advance and fighting intesified,A companies OC Jim Matehaere was wounded. And lieutenant Aperahama had taken the Taitokerau company forward to assist 14 platoon,as they charged to their right they passed Rangiuia and several men of his platoon lying wounded. The Ngati Porou platoon had been badly cut up by machinegun fire on the unchecked flank. In a fierce fight,Aperahama's men overcame 4 strongpoints and took up a position facing right. This was the action in which cousin Wi Te kowha was killed.  Excerpt from Nga Tama Toa: the Price Of Citizenship by Monty Soutar.