Surname Pene Forename(s) John William World War 2 Serial No 39721 Rank Private Address on enlistment Wairapakau, New Zealand Next of kin Miss Ida Pene (sister), Whakarewarewa, New Zealand
i believe this to be a great
Submitted by Toni McMahon on Thu, 04/03/2010 - 14:49
J.P was great to his whanau
Submitted by matemoana on Mon, 28/03/2011 - 19:17
Submitted by Kusabs on Thu, 28/12/2017 - 22:25
i first came across JP, as he was known to me and my collegues, in the mid-1950’s during my sojourn as an unwilling inductee into Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.
As a CMT trainee after completion of basic and core training I was posted to B Company 1st Hauraki Battalion. JP was my sergeant. His favourite name for me was ‘boot full of ar——holes’ due to the state of my boot laces that always seemed to poke out from under the putties/garters; not what a sergeant wanted on his parade. I think it was an affectionate response to an awkward soldier as we always got on well in civilian life.
In the mid 1980’s Government policy was to return Maori Land back to the control of Maori and land trusts were formed to administer the blocks.
JP was appointed as one of the trustees of the Tumunui Lands Trust and he along with the other trustees appointed me as the trust’s secretary-accountant an appointment that continued up to my retirement on the 1st April 2017.
Other WW2 veterans who became trustees of Tumunui and with whom I worked were, Kuru Waaka, Paurini(Boucher) Mutu, Tene Anaru and of course JP. They were interesting men and at the conclusion of board business and during the lunch break it was worthwhile listening their tales of there more pleasurable exploits during their time overseas.
I was never treated as an outsider as they all knew my Uncle Boysey Merriman who had fought alongside them as a B Company man.