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Keepa Rangi

2nd NZEF, 62654 Pte K RANGI, M.M., NZ Infantry, died 10 May 1960. He is buried in the Taruheru Cemetery, Gisborne Block RSA Plot 465


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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Keepa AWMM
  • Surname
    Rangi AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    62654 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    31 March 1906 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Ruatoria, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr T.J. Rangi (father), Tolaga Bay, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    62654 AWMM
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    17 June 1943 AWMM
    In normal military life this soldier is a batman. During the attack of 26 March 1943 Pte. Rangi received concussion from bomb blast on the start line. He was left behind as a casualty but when the attack on the hill feature at Point 209 was in progress it was found that Pte. Rangi had rejoined his company, having refused to be evacuated. He joined the platoon that did the main attack on the feature as a rifleman. Pte. Rangi fought tenaciously with this platoon on the hill crest and showed great courage against all enemy counter-thrusts. When he found that the rest of the men had become casualties and were not able to receive adequate treatment he turned his hand to treating the wounded. Under heavy mortar and machine-gun fire he made his way back to Battalion HQ and procured transport for the evacuation of the wounded. Throughout the whole night, Pte Rangi could be seen carrying down the wounded from the hill crest under a fierce and almost continuous mortar barrage with complete disregard for his own personal safety and intent only on tending the wounded. IN this action Pte. Rangi showed loyalty to company, initiative, courage and devotion to duty to a degree not normally expected of an ordinary soldier. (L.G. 17/6/1943 (I)) The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Rangi, Keepa. (Ref. WO 373/25/228). Military Medal.17 June 1943 AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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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

Biographical information

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  • Identified as B and C Company (Soutar, 2008) AWMM


About death

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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 291 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
    • 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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10 January 2023Lorraine MonaGisborne Researcher

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