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James Matehaere

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Group of 28 Maori Battalion Officers at dinner, Hotel St George, Beirut, 1930 hours, 5 June 1942. From left to right: Colonel Edward Te Whiti Love, Rev. Captain Takimoana Kahi Harawira, Lieutenant Paikea Henare Toka, Captain Robert Cecil Shaw-Thompson, Captain Kereti Pau Mariu, Lieutenant Henry Colton Arundel Lambert, Mr Charles Basil Bennet, Lieutenant William Vercoe, WO1 Allan Campbell Wood, DCM, Lieutenant George Tuoro Marsden, John Richard Ormsby, Second Lieutenant Ian Graeme Howden, Major Sydney Freyberg Jackson, Captain Waipaina Matehe Awarau, Major James Clendon Tau Henare, CBE, Lieutenant Hupa Hamiora, Captain James Tuhiwai, mid, Lieutenant Kuru Waaka, Lieutenant Edward Morgan, Lieutenant Colonel Arapeta Awatere, Captain James Matahere, Second Lieutenant John College Reedy, Duncan McCrae, Lieutenant Dr Ronald Alexander MacDonald, Colonel W.W.Johnston, Ben Porter, CSM Rangi France Logan, Second Lieutenant Ehai John Ropata, Jumbo Joseph, Second Lieutenant Kingi Areta Keiha, Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Baker DSO. - This image may be subject to copyright

Group of 28 Maori Battalion Officers at dinner, Hotel St George, Beirut, 1930 hours, 5 June 1942. Fr …

Identity

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  • Forenames
    James AWMM
  • Surname
    Matehaere AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    4198 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
    Tainui AWMM
  • Rohe
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    28 February 1916 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
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    Unknown AWMM Tirau, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
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    Miss L. Matehaere (sister), Tirau, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM

Service

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  • War
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    Army AWMM
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    4198 AWMM
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Military decorations

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    Military Cross (MC) AWMM
    4 April 1944 AWMM
    During the attack on Fonte Grande on 24 December 1943, Capt. Matehaere commanded the right flank company of the battalion and during the attack both his company and the company on the left flank were pinned to the ground by intense mortar and machine-gun fire. Completely disregarding his own personal safety Capt. Matehaere went forward and reconnoitred the position, located two enemy machine-gun posts and personally led the attack on these posts, both of which were silenced. Leading his men with determination and skill, Capt. Matehaere continued the advance, his leadership and vigorous handling of position resulting in his company securing his right flank of the battalion, knocking-out several more machine-gun posts and taking a number of prisoners. Throughout the operation Capt. Matehaere was a continual source of encouragement and inspiration to his men and himself contributed largely to the success of the operation as a whole.(L.G. 20/7/1944 (I)) The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Matehaere, James. (Ref. WO 373/5/427). Military Cross. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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    WW2 Unknown AWMM Farm hand/Civilian AWMM
    AWMM
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  • Maj J. Matehaere, MC, m.i.d.; Tirau; born NZ 28 Feb 1916; farmhand; three times wounded. (Source: Cody, J.F. 28 Maori Battalion. p.139.) AWMM

Death

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    1977 AWMM
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    Roll of Honour, Tirau District 1939 - 1945, Tirau Museum, Tirau, New Zealand AWMM

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Sources

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    • 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 240 AWMM
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.139, 158-9, 170, 229, 237, 239, 241, 257, 259, 268, 275-7, 312, 345-6, 366, 369, 377, 383, 403. AWMM
    • Phillips, N.C. (1957). Italy. Volume 1 : The Sangro to Cassino. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.144, 186, 307. AWMM
    • Stevens, W.G. (1962). Bardia to Enfidaville. Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch, Wellington, N.Z. AWMM
      pp.218, 231, 232. AWMM
    • Gardiner, W. (2019). Ake ake kia kaha e! : Forever brave! : B Company 28 (Maori) Battalion, 1939-1945. Auckland : Bateman Books. AWMM
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