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Henare Turangi

Pte # 26072 Henare TURANGI of Manutuke
4 Reinforcemetns of the 28th Maori Battalion 
Was a Prisoner of War

Pte Henare TURANGI

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Henare AWMM
  • Surname
    Turangi AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 26072 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Manutuke, Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 B. Hokianga (cousin), Manutuke, Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 26072 AWMM
  • Military service
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Training and Enlistment

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    WW2 Unknown AWMM Labourer/Civilian AWMM
    GisborneGisborne AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2 POW - Stalag XVIII-A, Wolfsberg, Austria 2NZEF, Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. N.Z. 1945.
      Germany, Europe 2NZEF, Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. N.Z. 1945.
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  • One of 98 Prisoners of War, who escaped Stalag XVIII-D in August 1944. Led by Australian Private Ralph Churches, who planned and carried out one of the biggest and most successful Prisoner of War escapes during World War Two. Churches led 98 Prisoners of War to safely, including 9 New Zealanders. After escaping from the work party with six others, he returned for the rest of his mates - the other ninety. He got them airlifted to safety from behind German lines with the help of different groups of Slovene partisans.

    The Slovene partisans ambushed the German guards who were guarding the POWs work party, who were beginning their work day on a section of railway track near Ozhbalt. Then followed 15 days where the POWs walked 160 miles to freedom, guided by the different groups of Slovene partisans who had an intimate knowledge of the rugged steep forested hills. They were transported from the airfield at Semich to Southern Italy. Safe with Allied Forces. The ordeal is documented in Churches book, 'A hundred miles as the crow flies.' AWMM
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About death

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  • Love you uncle. Love Jimmy Kathy and Whaitiri whanau ki Te Arai ki Turanganuiakiwa.
    Public - michelle kathleen - Other Relative - 20 April 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • 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 483 AWMM
    • Soutar, M. (2008). Nga tama toa = The price of citizenship : C Company 28 (Maori) Battalion 1939-1945. Albany, N.Z.: David Bateman. AWMM
      Portrait published in Soutar (2008) AWMM
    • Great Britain Army. (1945). Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. London, U.K.: Government Printer. AWMM
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Churches, R. (2017). A hundred miles as the crow files. The Estate of R.F Churches: Kensington, Vic. AWMM


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12 November 2022Lorraine MonaGisborneResearcher
20 April 2015michelle kathleenWestern AustraliaOther Relative

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