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Harry Mackey

Major Harry Mackey who embarked with the Main Body. He was wounded once. He was mentioned in dispatches and received the Military Medal.

Major Harry Mackey

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Harry AWMM
  • Surname
    Mackey AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    39192 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1 December 1914 AWMM GisborneGisborne AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Native Development, Rotorua, New Zealand AWMM
    • Native Development, Rotorua, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mr T. Mackey (father), Waiomatatini, East Coast, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mr H. Walworth (foster father), Ruatoria, East Coast, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
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  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    39192 AWMM
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Military Medal (MM) AWMM
      28 January 1943 AWMM
      During the attack on Point 29 on the night of 1/2 November 1942, Sgt. MacKey's platoon was leading on the right flank of his company, when intense fire was encountered coming the immediate front and right flank. Sgt. MacKey's platoon commander ordered him to attack and wipe out enemy posts on the right flank, with one section. By sheer gallant leadership he kept his men directed towards their objectives during the period of evacuation of the personnel of the NZ under intense machine-gun fire. By the time he had covered half the distance to the objective he had suffered heavily in dead and wounded but without faltering he pressed home his attack and completely annihilated several machine-gun and coolness, at all times set a standard which posts. His coolness, resourcefulness and heroic example was an inspiration to his men. (London Gazette 28/1/1943 (I)) The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Mackey, Harry. (Ref. WO 373/23/432). Military Medal.28 January 1943 AWMM
    • Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
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  • Liberation date
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
    Wounded 12 December 1944 AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    Maj H. Mackey, MM; Ruatoria; born Waiomatatatini, 1 Dec 1914; shepherd; wounded 12 Dec 1944. (Source: Cody, J.F. 28 Maori Battalion. p.435.)

    'Meanwhile, shortly before dusk, 11 Platoon (Lieutenant Balzer) was pestered by a man in civilian clothes who, in Italian no better than that of the Maoris, said he was a deserter and asked to be taken prisoner. He went from post to post pleading to be put in the bag but the troops were too busy to bother with him. At last in desperation he emptied a sack he was carrying on to the ground and there were his uniform coat, trousers, and all the ‘trimmings’. His desires were then gratified and he was later identified as belonging to 7 Company, 278 Regiment, 305 Division.

    The 22nd Battalion came into the line on the left of 23 Battalion and 5 Brigade then had three battalions up and 21 Battalion in reserve. Defences were strengthened by sandbagging the walls of the casa strongposts, a very necessary precaution in view of the fact that a shell penetrated the wall of C Company headquarters on the morning of 12 December and wounded Captain Mackey and two others. Lieutenant Mahuika then took command. Enemy gunners were trying to locate the battalion mortars whose attentions were evidently disliked, and as Battalion Headquarters was just behind the mortars there was a lot of work for the signallers in repairing lines.' (Source: Cody, J.F. 28 Maori Battalion. pp. 435, 436.) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    19 December 2004 AWMM
    Age 89 AWMM
    Green BayAuckland AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Obituary: Mana, February 2005 : Page 11 AWMM
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  • Nga mihi aroha ki a koe e taku tipuna, na Hawaiikiao Hawkins e wha aku pakeke.
    Public - Hawaiikiao - Other relative - 29 May 2018



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  • References
    • Soutar, M. (2008). Nga tama toa = The price of citizenship : C Company 28 (Maori) Battalion 1939-1945. Albany, N.Z.: David Bateman. 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 119 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 14 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1944 to 31st December, 1944). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 14: WW2 62 AWMM
    • Soutar, M. (2008). Nga tama toa = The price of citizenship : C Company 28 (Maori) Battalion 1939-1945. Albany, N.Z.: David Bateman. AWMM
    • Soutar (2008), p. 391 AWMM
    • Mana : the Maori news magazine for all New Zealanders AWMM
      Obituary: Mana, February 2005 : Page 11 AWMM
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.435, 436. AWMM


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26 September 2022Lorraine Mona GisborneResearcher
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09 January 2016LorraineGisborne, NZResearcher

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