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Sunny Foster

As a young Soldier

Sonny Foster

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Sunny AWMM
  • Surname
    Foster AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Sonny Foster AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 800858 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 Okere, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs R. Foster (wife), River Road, Tuakau, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married/WWII AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 800858 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Tangi held at Ngatai Erua Marae AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    26 March 2006 AWMM
    Age 83 AWMM
    TuakauSouth Auckland AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Tuakau Cemetery, Alexandra Redoubt Road, Tuakau, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 28 March 2006 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Thanks for what you did for this country and your family. I wish I could have met you and judging by the stories that Koro tells us its seems like you were a hard working good man.

    Your great granddaughter Jade
    Public - JADE - Direct descendant - 14 January 2022
  • Miss you always, love you always Grandpa. Memories abound of growing up with you and Nana. I am so proud of the legacy you have left us, your grandchildren.
    You spoke very rarely about the war, but like you always said "you got to come home when so many of your friends and relatives did not".
    I honour you and their memories. E kore koutou e warewaretia, ko koutou nga whetu e tiaho mai i te po.
    Public - Lois Anne - Direct descendant - 25 April 2020
  • Love and miss you and Nan dearly
    Forever in our 💜
    Public - Janine Te Waiata - Direct descendant - 25 April 2020
  • A loving and caring father who signed up to the Maori Battalion at age 17 to go and fight for his country. He spoke highly of his comrades and especially of his officers. He had many fond memories of his travels through Italy but rarely spoke of the war.

    A gentle, loving, kind hearted father of 12 children and a faithful husband to his late wife, Ruby. He is survived by 8 sons and 3 daughters and many, many grandchildren.

    May he rest in Love and Peace with Mum.

    Lots of love Phil and whānau x
    Public - Phillip Piripi Te Aho - Child - 22 April 2019
  • Chur :haka: koro!
    Public - Ashley - Direct descendant - 20 April 2019
  • To my Koro, a Gaint amongst men, although short in stature.
    My whanau and I will forever be proud of you and the service you gave in the Maori Battalion.
    Phil Jr, Maja, Jade & Kelis
    Public - Phillip - Direct descendant - 8 October 2017
  • Wish I got to know you more. Great grandpa, father to my grandmother Mary Rangipani Foster and grandfather to my mother Amanda Williams. I met you once and that was good for me. Grandma tells me heaps about you. Thinking of you and our whanau today x
    Public - Jasmine Rangi - Other Relative - 19 June 2015
  • E taku koro, taku Grampa. Ka maumaharatia koutou i haere ki ngā Pakanga o te Ao - e kore e wareware i a mātou, ō whānau, ō uri whakatipu. Ahakoa i mate koe i mua i taku whānautanga mai, kua rongo ahau i ngā kōrero mōu, kua kite i ngā whakaahua. Ka tukuna te aroha ki a koe mai i tēnei o ō mokopuna tuarua. He aroha mutunga kore ... Nā Orini Pearl xxxxx
    Public - Erin - Other Relative - 29 April 2015
  • We miss you grandpa & we will be so proud to stand in your honor this anzac day marking 100 years.. toku aroha e koro...gone by never forgotten xoxox
    Public - Eric - Other Relative - 23 April 2015
  • Grampa - Always and Ever, so proud to acknowledge your contribution to the defence of our country - more proud to acknowledge you as my Grampa - wonderful memories of a wonderful man. Much love and blessings to you and all your comrades - so very proud to stand on Anzac Day in your memory. your moko Marie
    Public - Marie - Direct Descendant - 21 April 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 14 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1944 to 31st December, 1944). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 14: WW2 32 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 28 March 2006 AWMM
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
14 January 2022JADEAUCKLANDDirect descendant
25 April 2020Lois AnneTurangiDirect descendant
25 April 2020Janine Te WaiataPukekohe, AucklandDirect descendant
22 April 2019Phillip Piripi Te AhoWaihi BeachChild
20 April 2019AshleyHillcrestDirect descendant

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