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Wiremu Lambert

Personal photo sent to his mother, Emma from overseas, aged about 32 years

Wiremu Te Moa Lambert, 39087

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Wiremu AWMM
  • Surname
    Lambert AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    39087 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
    Tainui AWMM
  • Rohe
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  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Taneatua, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs E. Lambert (mother), Orapae, Post-office, Te Kuiti, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
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  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    39087 AWMM
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  • Although I never got to meet you great grandad, I've been told stories about you and your lollie jar and that you were a quite man that didn't speak often about the war. I have learnt and come to understand though that although you didn't much speak about it you served to great distinction and fought so that we could grow up in peace. Thank you for your service Great Grandad and RIP.
    We Will Remember Them.
    Lest We Forget.
    Public - Zack - Direct descendant - 7 January 2023
  • I remember Grandad saying the reason he and all of his brothers returned home despite serving in 28 Maori Battalion, with one of the highest casualty rates of any New Zealand unit, was because they could run faster than everyone else! It wasn't true of course. Grandad fought in every major battle from Crete to El Alamein, survived the horrors of Monte Cassino, and served with distinction. It was just pure luck they all lived when so many of their comrades didn't, and the fact he rarely - if ever - mentioned the war shows that, although never physically wounded, he still carried scars. A quiet man, ever present, while a little gruff, always gentle. It wasn't until after he died and I learned more about the war, the 28 Battalion and how he came to be a part of its story that I realised how much was hiding behind his silence. Lest we forget.
    Public - Shay - Other Relative - 26 April 2015
  • I know you Great Grandad. My normal Grandad told me about you. Love John-Allan Lambert, age 7
    Public - john-allan - Child - 26 April 2015
  • Grandad , I remember visiting you and Nanna as a young boy , you would tell me off if I tried to pinch a lolly from your lolly jar ! I remember mum saying you never liked to talk about your time at war , now as an adult I can begin to understand why . Grandad we all thank you and your brothers for the great sacrifices you made and the hellish experiences you must have suffered so far from home at such a young age . Lest we forget . RIP Grandad
    Public - Allyn John - Other Relative - 25 April 2015
  • Grandad, you are remembered fondly and not just for your lolly jar! Your grin and doing crosswords in your lazy boy are what I recall. While we were young we had no idea what you endured during your time at war. You didn't talk about it and we were to young to understand. Thank you for volunteering and serving Aotearoa. Your story and the story of New Zealand's sacrifices will be told to our children and generations to come. Your contribution will not be forgotten. Arohanui, Caron.
    Public - Caron - Other Relative - 24 April 2015
  • Thank you Dad for your contribution to making our place a better place to live. You and your brothers made a significant contribution when you signed up. RIP
    Public - Patrick William - Child - 7 April 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • 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 106 AWMM
    • Gardiner, W. (2019). Ake ake kia kaha e! : Forever brave! : B Company 28 (Maori) Battalion, 1939-1945. Auckland : Bateman Books. AWMM
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
07 January 2023ZackHobart, AustraliaDirect descendant
23 April 2018Patrick Cambridge, New ZealandChild
26 April 2015Shay Auckland, New ZealandOther Relative
26 April 2015john-allanAuckland, New ZealandChild
25 April 2015Allyn John Hobart , Australia Other Relative

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