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Dick Meri Kihareka Keefe

28th Maori Battalion WW2

Dick Merikihareka Keefe

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Dick Meri Kihareka AWMM
  • Surname
    Keefe AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    817542 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
    Unknown AWMM Ruapunga, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs N. Keefe (wife), Muriwai, Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 21 February 1944 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    817542 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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About death

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  • Death
  • 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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Roll of Honour

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  • In memory of you uncle.
    Public - Donna - Other relative - 25 April 2019
  • thinking of you as always love you forever dad x
    Public - diane may akuhata-brown - Child - 25 April 2018
  • Thinking of you always today is a special day for you and all your comrades RIP x
    Public - Diane - Child - 25 April 2017
  • This is your day dad remembering you always
    Public - Diane - Child - 26 April 2016
    Public - Diane May - Child - 12 April 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 13 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1944 to 31st March, 1944). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 13: WW2 65 AWMM
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
25 April 2019DonnaPutaruruOther relative
25 April 2018diane may akuhata-brownWhakatu, HastingsChild
25 April 2017dianeHastingsChild
12 April 2015Diane May New ZealandChild

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