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Charles Titirahi Apihai

Taken before Charlie left

Charlie and his cousin Irihapeti Hunia

Tērā pea kei raro tenei mātātuhi i te aukatinga manatārua [email protected]


Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    17 December 1917 AWMM Te TekoEastern Bay of Plenty AWMM
  • Date of birth
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  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Awakeri, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr T. Apihai (father), Te Teko, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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    Army AWMM
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    25807 AWMM
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Military decorations

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    • Military Medal (MM) AWMM
      17 June 1943 AWMM
      This soldier was responsible for the saving of three lives during the attack of 26 March 1943 on Point 209. His company had been forced to ground by intense machine-gun fire leaving three wounded men in no-mans land completely exposed to enemy fire. Entirely on his own initiative and regardless of his own personal safety, Pte. Apihai calmly left the safety of his own trench on three occasions and each time he carried back a wounded man to safety, in the face of withering fire. His courage and actions were of the highest order. London Gazette, June 1943, p. 2762 New Zealand Gazette, September 1944, p. 1146 AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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    WW2 Unknown AWMM Labourer/Civilian AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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Last known rank

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Biographical information

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About death

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  • This is my Koro. I never got the opportunity to meet him as he passed away before I was born. I am the only child & daughter of his last born daughter, Colleen Apihai.
    To hear of his amazing contributions to the war and about how dedicated he was to his HUGE family of 13 children and my Nanny, Rangi Maharara Tewhetu Manihera, I wish I got to share in knowing him.
    Can’t wait to have a korero & get to know him on the other side ❤️
    Public - Chloe Ngairee Meredith - Direct descendant - 26 April 2022
  • My father is named after Koro Charles.

    My dad is Jimmy Charles Patangata.
    His mother was Puhinahina Titirahi Apihai, who was the sister of Charles.

    Rest in peace our Koroua.

    Public - Melany Leigh - Other relative - 1 October 2018
  • Rest peacefully uncle with our mama waimatoa and all our whanau who have passed. Wish I had met you all more so our mama. Arohamai xox..
    Public - josephine karena - Other Relative - 3 August 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • Sutherland, J. (1989). Gallantry awards to New Zealanders in World War Two. Christchurch, N.Z.: Regal Medals. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 3: WW2 13 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
26 April 2022Chloe Ngairee MeredithMelbourne, AustraliaDirect descendant
25 April 2020KeldWhakataneOther relative
01 October 2018Melany LeighKawerau, New ZealandOther relative
03 August 2015josephine karenaauckland new zealandOther Relative

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