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Tuhaka Teihanga Babbington

Dad had this photo taken in a studio for his mother.

Tukaka Teihinga (Sonny) Babbington

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Tuhaka Teihanga AWMM
  • Surname
    Babbington AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Sonny AWMM
  • Service number
    • 445856 AWMM
    • V34289 AWMM
    • 34289 AWMM
    • V34289 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    5 November 1922 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
    Tokomaru Bay Public - Jo - Child - 23 April 2020 - Birth Certificate in family papers
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • WW2 Care of M. Smith, Crownthorpe, Hastings, New Zealand AWMM
    • Living with his whangai parents. Uncle Tu, was shepherding and Dad was working on the farm alongside him. Public - Jo - Child - 23 April 2020 - Family papers
  • Post war occupation
    Army Public - Jo - Child - 23 April 2020 - Period of regular service 9th January 1950 to 5th November 1972 - Source Dad's Certificate of Service in the New Zealand Army
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mr T. McIlroy (uncle), PO Box 450, Hastings, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 21 July 1943 AWMM Single/WWII AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • British Empire Medal (BEM) AWMM
      1961 AWMM
    • Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM
    • Awarded the B.E.M. on the 10Jun60 for service with 1 Bn NZ Regt in Taiping, Malaya during the period 1Jul59-31Dec59 Public - Roscoe - Comrade - 26 January 2020 -
    • Mentioned in Despatches (MID) - 29Jun54 - in
      recognition of distinguished services in Malaya during
      the period 1st July to 31st December, 1953: Public - Roscoe - Researcher - 26 January 2020 -

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
    Wounds Diseases Etc., WWII AWMM
    Wounded 1945 AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Margaret, father of Sharyn, Joanne, Bruce.

    Served in Malaya 1957-1959. Source: New Zealand Malaya Veterans Association. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    6 August 2006 AWMM
    Age 83 AWMM
    PapakuraAuckland AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Papakura South Cemetery, Papakura, New Zealand AWMM Plot 25, Row A, Gatland Road Rsa Lawn AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: NZ Herald 8 August 2006 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 12 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1943 to 31st December, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 12: WW2 9 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
    • Pugsley, C. (2003). From emergency to confrontation: the New Zealand armed forces in Southeast Asia, 1949-1966. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press. AWMM
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.363; p.494 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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23 April 2020JoHampton Downs, New ZealandChild
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