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John Piuraki Tikao-Barrett

Lt # 25814 John Piuraki TIKAO-BARRETT of Rapaki 5th Reinforcements of the 28th Maori Battalion - Awarded the Military Cross  Wounded once - Invalided Home

John Tikao-Barrett

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Piuraki AWMM
  • Surname
    Tikao-Barrett AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    25814 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    10 November 1914 AWMM LytteltonChristchurch AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Rapaki, Lyttelton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs N.T. Barrett (wife), Princes Street Extension, Hawera, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
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  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    25814 AWMM
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Military Cross (MC) AWMM
      5 November 1942 AWMM
      During the attack on Deir El Munassib Depression on the night 3/4 September 1942, Lt. Tikao-Barrett was the Platoon Commander of the right forward platoon of a leading company. His platoon was most heavily engaged during the whole of the attack and inflicted very heavy casualties on the enemy, over­running five medium machine-gun posts. Lt. Tikao-Barrett showed high qualities of leadership, keeping control of his platoon in a difficult sector in the dark and under heavy fire and continually by his personal example of courage and initiative, inspired his men to further efforts until he was severely wounded. He was an inspiration to all with whom he came in contact. (London Gazette 5/11/1942 (I)) The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Tikao-Barrett, John Piurak. (Ref. WO 373/22/46). Military Cross. AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM

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Prisoner of war

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    • In Embarkation Rolls as Barrett, John Piurako Tikao.

      Lt J. P. Tikao-Barrett; Wellington; born Lyttelton, 10 Nov 1914; storeman; wounded 3 Sep 1942. (Source: Cody, J.F. 28 Maori Battalion. p.213.) AWMM
    • John Piuraki TIKAO-BARRETT died in 1990, in Tirau, at the age of 77.yrs Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 17 November 2022 -
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  • External links
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 4 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1941 to 30 June, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 4: WW2 23 AWMM
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.213-14, 217-18. AWMM


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17 November 2022Lorraine MonaGisborneResearcher

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