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Wiwi Teneti

Wiwi Teneti DCM

Wiwi Teneti

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Wiwi AWMM
  • Surname
    Teneti AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    39603 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    18 May 1918 AWMM Waipiro BayGisborne AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Waipiro Bay, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    39603 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) AWMM
      Cpl. Teneti commanded one of the sections of the platoon that bore the brunt of the attack on Point 209 on 26 March 1943. Under heavy mortar and machine-gun fire he succeeded in leading his men up the steep face of the hill and the boldness of his attack caused the enemy to evacuate strong dug in positions that he held on the hill crest. At the same time the advance of the rest of his platoon on the right was held up be two enemy light machine-gun posts. Displaying great initiative and courage he took over the section Bren gun and firing from the shoulder in full view of the enemy succeeded in keeping their heads down. Then he ordered his men to rush the positions with hand grenades which they did so effectively that the positions were wiped out. Enemy resistance collapsed and his platoon were thus able to consolidate on their objective. During the hours of darkness the enemy launched several counter attacks in an all-out effort to capture this high ground. Cpl. Teneti stood his ground and fought back till the whole section had become casualties, then he joined the remainder of his platoon and fought back tenaciously until he himself was finally wounded and it was only under severe persuasion that he agreed to be evacuated. This soldier displayed courage and leadership of the highest quality. (London Gazette 17/6/1943 (I)) AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal 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
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
    Wounded 27 March 1943 AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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About death

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  • Death
    16 August 1956 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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18 October 2022Lorraine MonaGisborneResearcher
19 April 2015Rita RuthAustraliaChild

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