Rangi Royal Born 23 August 1897 - Died 8 July 1965 PDF Print Share Key details Contribute › Service number19654 AWMM5096 AWMM Also known asTe Rangiataahua Kiniwe AWMMRoera AWMMTe Rangi Atahua Kiniwe AWMM ForceArmy AWMM Last rankWW1 Lieutenant AWMMNew Zealand (Maori) Pioneer Battalion AWMMWW2 Major AWMM28 (Maori) Battalion AWMM WarWorld War I, 1914-1918 AWMMWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Lay a poppy Portrait of Te Rangi Atahua Kiniwe Royal in military uniform … Read more View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesRangi AWMM SurnameRoyal AWMM Ingoa Also known asTe Rangiataahua Kiniwe AWMMRoera AWMMTe Rangi Atahua Kiniwe AWMM Service number19654 AWMM5096 AWMM GenderMale AWMM IwiNgāti Raukawa AWMMNgāti Tamaterā AWMM Hapū Waka Rohe Religion Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Date of birth23 August 1897 AWMM Place of birthLevin, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand AWMM Birth notesPossibly born on the 3rd August 1896 (Military Personnel File) AWMM Occupation before enlistmentWW1 Clerk AWMMWW2 Civil servant AWMM Post war occupationCivil servant AWMMController Maori Welfare AWMM Address before enlistmentUnknown Unknown address AWMMUnknown 38 Grey Street, Rotorua, New Zealand AWMM Next of kin on embarkationMrs Keriati Kiniwe Royal (mother), Paeroa, New Zealand AWMMMrs P. Royal (wife), 38 Grey Street, Rotorua, New Zealand AWMM Relationship statusPre 31 Dec 1917 Single AWMMPre 02 May 1940 Married AWMM Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarWorld War I, 1914-1918 AWMMWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Campaigns ForceArmy AWMM Service number19654 AWMM5096 AWMM Military service Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and AwardsOfficer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) AWMM1964 AWMMMilitary Cross and bar (MC*) AWMMMC. Leading a bold charge against German paratroopers at Suda Bay, Crete. Bar, MC. Libyan campaign AWMM Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military training EnlistmentWW1 Unknown AWMMWW2 Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand AWMM Age on enlistment Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsWW1 31 Dec 1917-25 February 1918 AWMM from Wellington, New Zealand AWMM to Glasgow, Scotland AWMM HMNZT 99 AWMMVessel was Athenic AWMMCompany Sergeant Major AWMM; 25th Reinforcements, Maori Contingent AWMM; New Zealand Expeditionary Force AWMMWW2 Vessel was Aquitania AWMMCaptain AWMM; 28 (Maori) Battalion AWMM; Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force, 2nd Echelon AWMM Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Medical history Contribute › Medical notesHospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMMWounded 14 December 1941 AWMM Last known rank Contribute › Last rankWW1 Lieutenant AWMMNew Zealand (Maori) Pioneer Battalion AWMMWW2 Major AWMM28 (Maori) Battalion AWMM Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › Husband of Te Puhi o Rakaiora TaiaroaVolunteered for service in WW1Major in command of B Company, 28 Maori Battalion WW2Rangi Royal was amongst those who trained at Palmerston North and at noon on 1 May 1941 went by train to Wellington to board the Aquitania for Britain. The people of Palmerston North, relatives and friends of the men saw them off and when they reached Wellington the train passed on to Aotea Quay which was closed to the crowd that had gathered. They boarded this ship and soon after daybreak on 2 May the Aquitania, "with nearly three thousand troops plus a detachment of the RNVR on board, moved out into the stream. The Maori Battalion's last close contact with its own people was the sight of the crowd allowed on the wharf and the sound of the Ngati Poneke girls singing farewell songs as the distance widened between ship and shore. The Battalion sang its farewell song 'Po Atarau' in reply."The ship travelled in convoy with the Empress of Britain and the Empress of Japan. It reached Fremantle on 10 May where the troops had a short shore leave before continuing to Colombo. However in the event it made for Cape Town where again shore leave was granted. Once they reached the Irish sea they were escorted by HMS Hood, an aircraft carrier and six destroyers and reached Glasgow on 16 June.Captain Royal was wounded in the advance to Gazala which took place 11-16 December 1941.The circumstances leading up to this are outlined in The Story of the Maori Battalion by Wira Gardiner. "On 10 December 1941, the Maori [Battalion] were on the move westwards past Menastir, the scene of their recent triumph, and on toward Gazala. 5 Brigade was to move west towards Gazala but not get involved in serious fighting. Seventeen miles west of Tobruk, the battalions were given their tasks. 23 Battalion was to move down the main coastal road. The Maori were to move along a track on the escarpment overlooking the coast road. 22 Battalion moved further south.The 28 (Maori) Battalion's first objective was Sidi Mgherreb, 'a slight rise dominated by a little hill hardly more than a pimple on the desert'. It was a very strong position, protected by a minefield on its left flank and by a line of 26 anti-tank guns, interlaced with machine guns and mortars on its right." Using simple if unorthodox tactics the battalion was successful and took over 1000 prisoners.Two days later and 12 km further west the 28 Battalion was in action again, this time the objective was Point 181. The assault (as recorded by Cody in 28 (Maori) Battalion) was a replica of the first. "Colonel Dyer placed Captain Royal in charge with orders to consolidate while he returned to his headquarters back on the first objective. Royal in turn instructed A Company and 17 Platoon to consolidate while he went forward with B. Company to exploit in case there were more enemy about. They found a field ambulance, medical stores, a food truck, a car and several motor cycles.The Arawas had taken time off to sample the Italian hot coffee in the food truck when the approach of daylight disclosed still more enemy in trenches close by. They did not offer much opposition and the Maoris took over their weapon pits. B. Company's adventures were not yet over for at first light another enemy group was seen about 400 yards away, apparently standing around waiting to surrender. The Maoris were proceeding to oblige them when the enemy suddenly turned and manned some guns behind them, whereupon B. Company's men dived for the cover they had just left.By the greatest of good fortune a Vickers crew had arrived by this time and came immediately into action cleaning up the enemy gun crews, breaking up an incipient counter-attack, and ensuring that the guns remained unmanned. Captain Royal and Lieutenant D. Stewart were wounded by the same mortar shell and Lieutenant F.T. Bennett took command."Listed as Rangiataahua Royal on the Nominal Roll and by DNZB as Te Rangiataahua Kiniwe Royal. Main Body, 28 (Maori) Battalion AWMM Read more Death About death Contribute › Age at death68 AWMM Date of death8 July 1965 AWMM Cause of death Place of deathRotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand AWMM Death notes Cemetery nameOhinemutu Cemetery, Rotorua, New Zealand AWMM Grave reference Memorial name Memorial reference Obituary Roll of Honour Remember Rangi Royal by laying a poppy. John Patrick Royal Kerehi Grace Royal Rangi Royal Stewart Royal Taiaroa Royal Lay a poppy for 2015 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of Rangi Royal Leave a note Contribute › Processing Sources Sources Contribute › External linksMilitary Personnel filehttp://www.archway.archives.govt.nz/ViewFullItem.do?code=24063059&digital=yesFurther ReferenceMilitary Personnel filehttp://www.archway.archives.govt.nz/ViewFullItem.do?code=24201514&digital=yesFurther ReferenceTe Ao Houhttp://teaohou.natlib.govt.nz/journals/teaohou/index.htmlSources UsedTe Ao Houhttp://teaohou.natlib.govt.nz/journals/teaohou/index.htmlSources UsedDictionary of New Zealand Biography.http://www.dnzb.govt.nzSources Used28th Maori Battalion Website 1941-1945http://www.28maoribattalion.org.nz/Sources UsedObituary: Te Ao Hou 1965. no. 52 (September) pp. 63-63.http://teaohou.natlib.govt.nz/journals/teaohou/issue/Mao52TeA/c26.htmlObituary28th Maori Battalion Website 1941-1945. Personal pagehttp://www.28maoribattalion.org.nz/soldier/rangiataahua-kiniwe-royalFurther ReferenceDictionary of New Zealand Biography.http://dnzb.govt.nz/dnzb/default.asp?Find_Quick.asp?PersonEssay=4R29Further ReferenceTe Ao Hou.http://teaohou.natlib.govt.nz/journals/teaohou/issue/Mao52TeA/c26.htmlFurther ReferenceCody, J.F. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: War History Branch, Dept. of Internal Affairs.http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2Maor.htmFurther ReferenceFamNet: The Family History Network record pagehttp://famnet.net.nz/login_pages/Cenotaph.aspx?Systemid=C18096Further Reference DocumentsNew Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1918). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume III. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM76: 23 AWMMSecond New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 2 (Embarkations to 30th June, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. 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