John Hamilton Ingram 5 August 1918 - 20 April 1943 Key details Contribute › Service number67534 AWMM Also known asTe Kaiamo AWMM ForceArmy AWMM Rank and unit at dischargePrivate AWMM28 (Maori) Battalion AWMM WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Play your part Contribute what you know about their war service and life. Lay a poppy Leave a note PDF Print Share Portrait - This image may be subject to copyright AWMM View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › 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 Contribute › Date of birth5 August 1918 AWMM Place of birth Birth notes Occupations Contribute › Occupation before enlistmentWW2 AWMMFarmer AWMM Post war occupation Next of kin Contribute › Address before enlistmentUnknown AWMMHoro HoroRotoruaNew Zealand AWMM Next of kin on embarkationMrs P. Ingram (wife)Tarewa RoadRotoruaNew Zealand AWMM Relationship statusUnknown AWMMMarried AWMM Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM CampaignsTunisia AWMM ForceArmy AWMM Service number67534 AWMM Military units Military service Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and Awards Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military training EnlistmentWW2 AWMMUnknown AWMMRotoruaBay of PlentyNew Zealand AWMM Age on enlistmentWW2 AWMM Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsWW2 AWMM Embarkation bodyWW2 AWMMSecond New Zealand Expeditionary Force 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 ActionCause of Death AWMM Last known rank Contribute › Last rankPrivate AWMM28 (Maori) Battalion AWMM Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › 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 Contribute › Age at death24 AWMM Date of death20 April 1943 AWMM Cause of deathKilled in Action AWMM Place of deathTakrounaTunisia AWMM Death notesTakrounaTunisia AWMM Cemetery Contribute › Cemetery nameEnfidaville War CemeteryTunisia AWMM Grave referencePlot VII, Row A, Grave 6 AWMM Memorial Contribute › Memorial nameAuckland War Memorial MuseumWorld War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM Memorial reference Obituary Roll of Honour Remember John Hamilton Ingram by laying a poppy. John Ingram John Frederick Ingram John Hamilton Ingram Mervyn Robert Bruce Ingram Morris Butler Ingram Lay a poppy for 2015 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of John Hamilton Ingram Leave a note Contribute › Processing Sources Sources Contribute › 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.