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Thomas Peter Waiata Bryers

  • Service number
    25824 AWMM
  • Also known as
    Tom Peter Waiata AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    Corporal AWMM
    28 (Maori) Battalion AWMM
  • War
    World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Thomas Peter Waiata AWMM
  • Surname
    Bryers AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Tom Peter Waiata AWMM
  • Service number
    25824 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
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  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown Okaihau Rural Delivery, New Zealand AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr E.N. Bryers (father), Rural Delivery, Okaihau, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    25824 AWMM
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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM
    Kaikohe, Northland, New Zealand AWMM
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  • Embarkation details
    WW2 Private AWMM
    28 (Maori) Battalion AWMM
    Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF), 4th Reinforcements AWMM

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

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  • Last rank
    Corporal AWMM
    28 (Maori) Battalion AWMM

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  • Corporal Tom Bryers is listed in the Roll of Honour in the Official History of 28 (Maori) Battalion. He is also commemorated in the Hall of Memories at Auckland War Memorial Museum. He died in the battle for Takrouna.

    Before going overseas he farmed in the Daragaville and Maungakaramea Districts.

    Tom Bryers was the son of Eric Nehua Bryers and Annie Bryers, Okaihau, New Zealand.

    The Rock of Takrouna was a key point of the enemy's defence line.Nestling on the northern slopes was the village of Takrouna, uninhabited at the time but normally the home of about 500 people.The countryside between the troops and this strategic feature though fairly flat and undulating was a natural death trap.One of the worst features being impenetrable walls of cactus which, it transpired, had been heavily mined.On the night of the attack each assaulting battalion was allotted three Crusader tanks for the purpose of smashing through the cactus.Machetes were also issued to the men. The New Zealand Division's intention was to attack and capture the Djebel el Froukr and Djebel el Ogla features and exploit to the north-west and north.In other words, they were to secure the end of a ridge and exploit into the hills.Fifth Brigade on the left of the New Zealand sector had for its first objective the capture of Djebel Cherachir which lay beyond Takrouna and Djebel Bir.The final objective, Djebel Froukr, lay a mile further north. The Enfidaville-Zaghouan road ran between Cherachir and Takrouna and was the final objective for the first phase of the attack - the responsibility of 28 Battalion, on the right and 21 Battalion on the left. The 21 Battalion was to reach the road by moving around the left or western side of Takrouna.Takrouna hill itself and Djebel Bir were to be taken by the 28 Battalion. For a detailed account of the whole event refer to 28 (Maori) Battalion by J.F. Cody Chapter Tunisia, April 1943. Through the hot afternoon we heard

    the drone of engines,

    but in the middle sky

    only a fluttering skylark,

    and through the distant anti-aircraft guns

    a shrill song.

    At one end

    of our interminable grove of olives

    is the road;

    it leads through Enfidaville to the mountains;

    it leads to the front line,

    and to the enemy,

    and fear dropping like a curtain

    with the dawn's barrage.

    Impregnable in his three-motored Caproni,

    Vittorio Mussolini

    thought his bursting bombs

    looked like flowers opening;

    but the bomb we saw hit our supply column

    threw into the air a black

    tumour of smoke,

    a fungus of destruction. AWMM
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About death

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  • Age at death
    22 AWMM
  • Date of death
    20 April 1943 AWMM
  • Cause of death
    Killed in Action AWMM
  • Place of death
    Tunisia AWMM
  • Death notes
    Tunisia AWMM
  • Cemetery name
    Enfidaville War Cemetery, Tunisia AWMM
  • Grave reference
    VI.D.14 AWMM
  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139. AWMM
    • Northland roll of honour and servicemen of WW II [electronic resource]. (2002). Whangarei, N.Z.: Returned Services Association. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 3: WW2 61 AWMM
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p. 288. AWMM