Thomas Peter Waiata Bryers Unknown date of birth - Died 20 April 1943 PDF Print Share Key details Contribute › Service number25824 AWMM Also known asTom Peter Waiata AWMM ForceArmy AWMM Last rankCorporal AWMM28 (Maori) Battalion AWMM WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Lay a poppy Portrait, Weekly News - This image may be subject to copyrig … Read more View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesThomas Peter Waiata AWMM SurnameBryers AWMM Ingoa Also known asTom Peter Waiata AWMM Service number25824 AWMM GenderMale AWMM Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe Religion Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Date of birth Place of birth Birth notes Occupations Contribute › Occupation before enlistmentWW2 AWMM Post war occupation Next of kin Contribute › Address before enlistmentUnknown AWMMOkaihau Rural Delivery, New Zealand AWMM Next of kin on embarkationMr E.N. Bryers (father), Rural Delivery, Okaihau, New Zealand AWMM Relationship statusUnknown AWMMSingle AWMM Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Campaigns ForceArmy AWMM Service number25824 AWMM Military units Military service Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and Awards Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military training EnlistmentWW2 AWMMUnknown AWMMKaikohe, Northland, New Zealand AWMM Age on enlistmentWW2 AWMM Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsWW2 AWMM Embarkation bodyWW2 AWMMSecond New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF), 4th Reinforcements AWMM28 (Maori) Battalion AWMMPrivate AWMM Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Medical history Contribute › Medical notesKilled in Action, Cause of Death AWMM Last known rank Contribute › Last rankCorporal AWMM28 (Maori) Battalion AWMM Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › 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 heardthe drone of engines,but in the middle skyonly a fluttering skylark,and through the distant anti-aircraft gunsa shrill song.At one endof our interminable grove of olivesis the road;it leads through Enfidaville to the mountains;it leads to the front line,and to the enemy,and fear dropping like a curtainwith the dawn's barrage.Impregnable in his three-motored Caproni,Vittorio Mussolinithought his bursting bombslooked like flowers opening;but the bomb we saw hit our supply columnthrew into the air a blacktumour of smoke,a fungus of destruction. AWMM Read more Death About death Contribute › Age at death22 AWMM Date of death20 April 1943 AWMM Cause of deathKilled in Action AWMM Place of deathTunisia AWMM Death notesTunisia AWMM Cemetery Contribute › Cemetery nameEnfidaville War Cemetery, Tunisia AWMM Grave referenceVI.D.14 AWMM Memorial Contribute › Memorial nameAuckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM Memorial reference Obituary Roll of Honour Remember Thomas Peter Waiata Bryers by laying a poppy. John Bryers Ronald Frederick Bryers Thomas Peter Waiata Bryers John Crombleholme Brymer Frederick Bradford Bryne Lay a poppy for 2015 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of Thomas Peter Waiata Bryers Leave a note Contribute › Processing Sources Sources Contribute › External linksCommonwealth War Graves Commission.http://www.cwgc.orgSources UsedCody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington: Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. Digital copy.http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2Maor.htmSources Used28th Maori Battalion Website 1941-1945http://www.28maoribattalion.org.nz/Sources Used DocumentsAuckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139. AWMMNorthland roll of honour and servicemen of WW II [electronic resource]. (2002). Whangarei, N.Z.: Returned Services Association. AWMMSecond 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. AWMMWW2 3: WW2 61 AWMMCody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMMp. 288. AWMM Seen an error on this page? Tell us about it.