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Joseph Tai Angell

Kaye, George Frederick, 1914-2004. Soldiers of the Maori Battalion moving into line in the Faenza sector, Italy, during World War II. New Zealand. Department of Internal Affairs. War History Branch :Photographs relating to World War 1914-1918, World War 1939-1945, occupation of Japan, Korean War, and Malayan Emergency. Soldiers of the Maori Battalion moving into line in the Faenza sector, Italy, during World War II. Includes Jack Love (foreground, right), Hapurona Rangi (walking behind Love), and Ned Nathan (beside Love, on his left). Photograph taken by George Kaye on 16 December 1944. Alternative identification of soldiers from the 28 Maori Battalion website (www.28maoribattalion.org.nz), left to right; Monte Robson (39454), Joseph Tai Angell (39288), Colin Fisher (39317), Leslie Pirihi (39688), Edward Nathan (2880) and Joe Hoterene (39332). Many of the men identified either died in Crete in 1941 or were POWs in 1941. Which suggests that either the photo was actually taken at another date/place. Other - Note on back of file print from Library client reads "Ned Nathan - centre front row - was wounded in Crete, so possibly, this is is not Italy, but Crete..." Ref: DA-07880. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/23243221
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Joseph Tai AWMM
  • Surname
    Angell AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Joe AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 39288 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
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM C/o Kaipara Steam Ship Company, Helensville, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs M.A. Angell (mother), Portland, Whangarei, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 39288 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Seaman AWMM
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  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2 POW - Crete List of 2NZEF POW (MS 2009/8)
      Crete, Greece List of 2NZEF POW (MS 2009/8)
    • WW2 POW - Stalag VIII-B (later 344), Lamsdorf, Germany 2NZEF, Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. N.Z. 1945.
      Germany, Europe 2NZEF, Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. N.Z. 1945.
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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  • POW serial number
    WWII 25004 AWMM

Medical history

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Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • "While fighting, Joe Angell was wounded and managed to drag himself into a cave to evade detection by German forces.

    He was discovered by a boy named Mihalis Anastasias, and taken in by his family from the village of Kondomani, where he lived for about 18 months.

    Mihalis' father had been executed by the Germans, so the family helped Joe Angell assimilate into village life, giving him a Greek name and uniform, and had him toil in the fields.

    "When Dad was able and recovered and well enough, he couldn't do enough for the family. He realised the price they paid so he dedicated himself to that family and that village."

    What made the story even more remarkable was that Joe Angell's cousin, Ned Nathan, was also wounded and taken in by another family in a village three days walk away.

    When Mr Nathan learnt of his cousin's survival, he had to convince the locals they were related by describing the tattoo of a Hawaiian girl Joe Angell had on his arm.

    Mr Nathan eventually married the daughter of the village doctor, while Joe Angell became involved in the Greek community in New Zealand, meaning their experiences were never far away from family life back in the Bay of Islands."

    - The Nelson Mail
    May 05 2010 AWMM
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Death

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  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

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  • Documents
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      List of 2NZEF Prisoners of War. 1941-1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2009/8. 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 9 AWMM
    • List of 2NZEF Prisoners of War. 1941-1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2009/8. AWMM
    • Great Britain Army. (1945). Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. London, U.K.: Government Printer. AWMM
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