John Hamilton Ingram Born 5 August 1918 - Died 20 April 1943 PDF Print Share Key details Service number67534 AWMM Also known asTe Kaiamo AWMM ForceArmy AWMM Last rankPrivate AWMM28 (Maori) Battalion AWMM WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Portrait - This image may be subject to copyright AWMM View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Title ForenamesJohn Hamilton AWMM SurnameIngram AWMM Ingoa Also known asTe Kaiamo AWMM Service number67534 AWMM GenderMale AWMM Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe Religion Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Date of birth5 August 1918 AWMM Place of birth Birth notes Occupation before enlistmentWW2 Farmer AWMM Post war occupation Address before enlistmentUnknown Horo Horo, Rotorua, New Zealand AWMM Next of kin on embarkationMrs P. Ingram (wife), Tarewa Road, Rotorua, New Zealand AWMM Relationship statusUnknown Married AWMM Service Wars and conflicts WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM CampaignsTunisia AWMM ForceArmy AWMM Service number67534 AWMM Military service Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers Miilitary decorations Medals and Awards Training and Enlistment Military training EnlistmentWW2 Unknown AWMMRotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand AWMM Age on enlistment Embarkations Embarkation detailsWW2 Private AWMM28 (Maori) Battalion AWMMSecond New Zealand Expeditionary Force AWMM Prisoner of war Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Medical history Medical notesKilled in Action, Cause of Death AWMM Last known rank Last rankPrivate AWMM28 (Maori) Battalion AWMM Biographical information Biographical information John Ingram was the son of James and Ngahaka Ingram of Rotorua and the husband of Paterehia Ingram of Murupara, Auckland.The following Waiata has been supplied by John Te Kaiamo Ingram's family for inclusion in this record. The waiata was composed by John's mother, Ngahaka, a few weeks after she received the news that her only son had been killed in the battle of Takrouna. The song is now sung by members of Ngahaka's family and is dedicated to her memory and that of her son.HE WAIATA TENEI MO JOHN TE KAIAMO INGRAMNA TONA MANA A NGAHAKA INGRAM I TITOPari rere o Takrouna i TunihiaI piki ai koutou e tama maAhakoa nga wehe nuiPiki tonu koutou eMapu ai to manawa Aue! RaRongonui! Rongotoa!Mohou ra te iwi MaoriMoe mai ra e te RaukuraI te marae o TumatauengaNga kura i muri neiTangi hotuhotu neiKua ngaro Te Matua i te AoThe cliffs which rose towards Takrouna in TunisiaYou climbed its heights oh soldiers brave to battle thereFilled with fear, heads held highYou continued the climbBeating hearts, courageously, you carried onRongonui! Rongotoa!Mohou ra te iwi MaoriSleep in peace my beloved only sonOn the fields of TumatauengaThe loved ones here, we wait at homeWith hearts sobbing, bereft, aloneAue! my only son, gone forever, from my embraceAue! my only son, gone forever, from my embracePrivate Ingram was closely associated with Sergeant Manahi who was awarded the DCM for his part in this action. The plan was for a 'force' to create a diversion that would assist D. Company to attack Takrouna from the rear. Before dawn a group of about ten men led by Sergeant Rogers gathered in a hollow and were divided into two. Ingram went with Manahi and three other Privates H. Grant, K. Aranui and J. Takiwa, whilst Rogers took with him Sergeant Smith, Lance-Corporal H. Ruha and Privates E. Douglas, J. Douglas, W. Ratahi and W. Takurua. The action was reasonably successful but the price was high, as of this small group five were killed and several wounded.The circumstances surrounding the action in which Private Ingram died took place at Takrouna, Tunisia.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 II. AWMM Read more Death About death Age at death24 AWMM Date of death20 April 1943 AWMM Cause of deathKilled in Action AWMM Place of deathTakrouna, Tunisia AWMM Death notesTakrouna, Tunisia AWMM Cemetery nameEnfidaville War Cemetery, Tunisia AWMM Grave referencePlot VII, Row A, Grave 6 AWMM Memorial nameAuckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM Memorial reference Obituary Sources Sources External links28th Maori Battalion Website 1941-1945http://www.28maoribattalion.org.nz/Further ReferenceCody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington: Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. Digital copy.http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2Maor.htmFurther Reference DocumentsSecond New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1942). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 5 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1941 to 30 September, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMMWW2 5: WW2 106 AWMM Seen an error on this page? Tell us about it.