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Philip Tahu

This is Prirpi Tahu. I have learned from my mother (his baby sister) that Uncle Bubba was a quiet, gentle, well respected man whom she looked up to and admired. He like so many of our young Maori men willingly went to fight for the freedom that so many of take for granted.  My mother has postcards he sent her from Egypt and other places. Unfortunately the world that Uncle Bubba came home to was different to the one he left or more so the help and cures for post traumatic disorders were so very cruel then. My mother speaks with tears in remembering this time but Nana Eileen managed to get her son and take him home and heal him.

Piripi Tahu

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Philip AWMM
  • Surname
    Tahu AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    39469 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Pamapuria, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs L. Tahu (mother), Kaitaia, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    39469 AWMM
  • Military service
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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
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    WW2 Unknown AWMM Labourer/Civilian AWMM
    KaitaiaNorthland AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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  • Cemetery name
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  • Kia ora uncle Bubba, we lived without knowing the real man; who found pleasure in creating the most fruitful vegetables, fruit, flowers whatever seed there was to plant you were the perfect gardener. All those that knew your talent your skill which helped you overcome all that the health specialists and government huha what a incredible feat in a world of confusion. I hope to keep this as a feat of achievement for my family to recognize and always look for inner strength to overcome challenges in this world. Let me acknowledge this and ensure to keep this note to empower us to no end thank you for all you did and how this is a lesson by which your whanau will endeavor to live by Lest we forget tuku mihi aroha ki a koe mo ake tonu atu your niece GINA
    Public - Tangihaere Angeline (Gina) - Direct descendant - 25 April 2017
  • I admire your courage and bravery that you showed fighting in the war. However the traumatic events that happened to you by our government and the hospital when you came home need to be acknowledge! To cope and deal with that treatment, here in lies the true war hero!!!! you and our Nannie. Thank you Nana Jewel for sharing this story xox
    Public - Nadine - Direct descendant - 22 April 2016
  • Thanks for sharing this Eva, what a wonderful way to remember our beloved family who have served our country and still hold a place in our hearts.
    Public - Kim - Direct descendant - 20 April 2016
  • He mihi aroha, ki toku tupuna. Ko koe te teina o toku Matua Tupuna. He tane rangimarie, he tane humarie. He tane whai pukenga ki te mahinga kai, ki nga mahinga putiputi. Ka korero tau ake tuahine. E ora tonu ana ia ki Te Hapua. Ka korero ia e pa ana i a koe, ia ra, ia ra. Kahore matou e wareware ana i a koe. He rangatira koe i te whanau, ko te whanau TAHU. He hui nui tenei tau, hei te mutunga o tenei, ara, ka korero ano ki to whanau. Ka whakatakoto ahau he poppy mau, ara, maumahara ahau i a koe. Ka pitipiti toku ngakau mau e Pa.
    Public - Eva - Direct descendant - 20 April 2016



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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 180 AWMM
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
25 April 2020EileenaJane Portarlington, Victoria, Australia Direct descendant
25 April 2017Tangihaere Angeline (Gina)Kaitaia AotearoaDirect descendant
22 April 2016Nadine Mt Maunganui, New Zealand Direct descendant
20 April 2016KimWynnum West BrisbaneDirect descendant
20 April 2016EvaPamapuria, KaitaiaDirect descendant

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