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Robert Owen Rarere

28th Maori battalion World War 2
Robert Owen Rarere Senior (Turei Papa)
Service 1939-1945, 15th Reinforcements (JAYFORCE) aged 17 years old.
Egypt, Cairo, Italy 1st Jan to 31st Jan 1945


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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Robert Owen AWMM
  • Surname
    Rarere AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    817826 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Mahia, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs I. Rarere (wife), Opoutama, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
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    WW2 Unknown AWMM Labourer/Civilian AWMM
    WairoaHawkes Bay AWMM
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  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
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  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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About death

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  • Kei te whakaute mātou kia koe e te rangatira. Moe mai ra.
    Public - Casey - Other relative - 24 April 2020
  • Kei te whakaute mātou kia koe e te rangatira. Moe mai ra.
    Public - Casey - Other relative - 24 April 2020
  • Pa after returning from the war ended up blind. Whilst blind, one of the many things he did was teach his son Robert Owen Jnr how to fix a car engine. Pa went on to be a great protector of the environment and land in the Mahia region. Love and miss you Pa.
    Public - Oriana - Direct descendant - 27 June 2019



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  • External links
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 15 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1945 to 31st December, 1945). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 15: WW2 118 AWMM
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Brocklebank, L.W. (1997). Jayforce : New Zealand and the military occupation of Japan, 1945-48. Auckland, N.Z.: Oxford University Press. AWMM


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24 April 2020CaseyTaurangaOther relative
27 June 2019OrianaAucklandDirect descendant
26 April 2015Taine Robert AlexanderTapanui NZOther Relative

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