Edward Henry Nepia

Edward Henry

World War 2

Serial No
Temporary Sergeant
Address on enlistment
Okautete School, Masterton, New Zealand
Next of kin
Mrs M. Nepia (wife), Manutuke, New Zealand

 Passage from Nepia, quoted on p.378 in Cody's Official history

"5 May [1944], Lance-Corporal Nepia wrote:

The evening's programme by the Mobile Cinema Unit was, perhaps, the most memorable ever attended by the Maori Battalion throughout its long service overseas. Films depicting the Ngarimu VC investiture were shown, and the eyes of these battle scarred warriors lit as they heard and saw, once more, their native land before their very eyes. Brief and perhaps too momentary in character some of these scenes might have been, yet there was sufficient to carry them away from the sordidness of the battle fields to the realms where dwelt those whom they prized most."

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