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Frank Taurua



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Frank AWMM
  • Surname
    Taurua AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Fred Taurua AWMM
    • Frank Patrick Tauroa AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII 813520 AWMM
    • NZ48644 AWMM
    • 72674 AWMM
    • 209317 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion
    Ratana AWMM

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    29 October 1922 AWMM OromahoeNorthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Pre 10 November 1948 AWMM Pakaraka, Bay of Islands, New Zealand AWMM
    • 28 Binnie Street, Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Hydro Works, Karapiro, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs Alice Taurua (mother), Pakaraka, Bay of Islands, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    • WW2 15 May 1944 2NZEF Nom Roll 14 Labourer/Civilian 2NZEF Nom Roll 14
      WigramChristchurch 2NZEF Nom Roll 14
    • 10 November 1948 AWMM
    • 19 February 1954 AWMM
    • 10 June 1959 AWMM
    • 20 June 1963 AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on 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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 11 inches AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Black AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Huhu and Alice (nee Pokai Heihei) Taurua.

    Husband of Noeline (nee Robson).

    Enlisted in April 1944 in NZ Army under the name Fred Tauroa.

    Enlisted 10 November 1948 with Royal New Zealand Airforce under the name Frank Patrick Tauroa.

    Completed declarations of correct name and birth date 26th January 1950.

    Awarded RNZAF Representative Sports Badge. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    24 June 1996 AWMM
    Age 69 AWMM
    PapakuraAuckland AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Gone but never forgotten, his historical travels duly noted
    Public - Sharron - Other relative - 16 June 2017
  • Frank ended WW2 as a private. He arrived in Italy as a reinforcement in Dec 1944. Late that month he saw some action at Forli Italy in operations around some Casa's (house's) on the front line. In Jan 1945 he was wounded in the thigh by rifle fire. While he was recovering the 28th Battalion engaged in the final battle of the war.
    Public - Dom - Friend - 19 February 2017
  • Thinking of your whanau uncle Frank. It is Saturday July the 4th, 2015, we buried your young brother George's wife last week, and I will try my hardest to whakawhanaungatanga auntie Noeleen and my cousins with all my heart. Arohamai - very few people know about your return as a 28 Maori Battalion soldier from the 2nd World War to the prestigious SAS. We're all super hypoactive, but the pakeha call it bipolar disorder these days. Merehora.
    Public - Merehora - Other Relative - 4 July 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. 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 96 AWMM
    • Medals and Stars - General Service Medals Borneo - Archives New Zealand, Wellington (R12456000) AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
16 June 2017SharronRotoruaOther relative
19 February 2017DomNambour Qld AustraliaFriend
04 July 2015MerehoraWaitangi, Bay of Islands, New ZealandOther Relative

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