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Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa Ngarimu

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa AWMM
  • Surname
    Ngarimu AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 39784 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    7 April 1918 AWMM East CoastNew Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
    Hamuera Ngarimu and Marea Ngarimu of Ruatoria, East Coast Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 3 September 2015 - Research
  • Address before enlistment
    Ruatoria, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr Hamuera Ngarimu (father), Ruatoria, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    North Africa AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 39784 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Victoria Cross (VC) AWMM
    Citation for Victoria Cross: "During the attack at Tebaga Gap Tunisia on 26 March 1943, Second Lieutenant Ngarimu commanded a platoon. He was first to reach the crest of the hill and himself destroyed two enemy machine-gun posts. The enemy counter-attacked, and in the course of hand-to-hand fighting, Lieutenant Ngarimu was twice wounded, but refused to leave his post. During the night the enemy succeeded in piercing the line; Lieutenant Ngarimu ran to the spot, killed some and drove back the rest with his tommy-gun and with stones, and led his men back to their old position. In the morning, he was killed while defying a further counter-attack." (London Gazette, 1 June 1943) AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Second Lieutenant Ngarimu was the son of Hamuera Ngarimu and Marea Ngarimu of Ruatoria, Gisborne.

    Victoria Cross held by the Tairawhiti Museum, Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM

Death

About death

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  • Death
    27 March 1943 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    TunisiaNorth Africa AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Sfax War Cemetery, Tunisia AWMM Plot 10, Row E, Grave 14 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Dunedin, Victoria Cross winners' plaque, Queens Gardens, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM

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  • okioki i te rangimarie
    Public - paikea - 16 November 2018

  • All ways remember with love
    Gallant men of war
    Thank you that we have Freedom of Choice
    Public - Roxanne - Other relative - 25 April 2018
  • WHAWHAI
    I am young Maori "Ngarimu"
    Climbing Tebaga Gap,all of hail I see through.
    Their spraying in fire,overly mortar entire
    For 209 our reach,my platoon stages ever higher.
    Passing gunners posts I have taken them dire!
    The dark has fallen'enduring' bitter attacks
    We will cut them with order;of"Ngati Porou" flack.
    They flank us only twenty rocky shard
    The morn will rival,we rally marred.
    I have my 'tommy' I will hold him near
    Stones a throw,no more ammo spear!
    I stand before the enemy tall
    My"Hana Maraea" a light her call
    Ake,Ake in pride I fall!

    Copyright:N.J.Deller 30/6/017 "Maori first victory we thirst"
    Public - Nathan John - 2 July 2017
  • Aroha nui
    Public - te manaia - Other relative - 13 February 2016
  • E kore koe e warewaretia. Na Amelia-Jean French Hiku, e 4 aku tau.
    Public - Amelia-Jean - Other Relative - 18 June 2015

Sources

Sources

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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
    • Soutar, M. (2008). Nga tama toa = The price of citizenship : C Company 28 (Maori) Battalion 1939-1945. Albany, N.Z.: David Bateman. AWMM
      Portrait published in Soutar (2008) AWMM
    • The Register of the Victoria Cross. (1997). (3rd ed.). Cheltenham, England: This England. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 2 (Embarkations to 30th June, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 2: WW2 138 AWMM
    • Weekly News AWMM
      Article about VC award to Lieutenant Ngarimu. Weekly News, 9 June 1943. AWMM
    • Harper, G., & Richardson, C. (2006). In the face of the enemy: The complete history of the Victoria Cross and New Zealand. Auckland, N.Z.: HarperCollins NZ. AWMM
      p.192-197 AWMM
    • The Register of the Victoria Cross. (1997). (3rd ed.). Cheltenham, England: This England. AWMM
      p. 260 F/N & text AWMM

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16 November 2018paikeanewzelandOther
25 April 2018RoxanneStirling 9231Other relative
03 February 2018GeoffreyTilbury, EnglandResearcher
02 July 2017Nathan JohnHettstedt GermanyOther
13 February 2016te manaianew zealandOther relative