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Joseph Whakekura Mataira

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Joseph Whakekura AWMM
  • Surname
    Mataira AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 802053 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    20 December 1914 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Ngongotaha, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs K.T. Mataira (wife), Porangahu, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 21 July 1943 AWMM Married AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 802053 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) AWMM
    "In the attack on Cassino on the night 18/19 March, Sgt. Mataira displayed outstanding initiative and determination. He led his platoon in the attack on the western side of the town, engaged in a hand-to-hand struggle with the enemy of whom he killed at least two, and then became cut-off from his men and was taken prisoner behind a wall guarding an enemy position. Completely disregarding his own safety, and despite having already been wounded, he repeatedly called out to his men to hurl grenades over the wall. They finally complied, wounding several of Sgt Mataira's captors and scattering them. Sgt Mataira then picked up a Thompson sub-machine gun and accounted for two more of the enemy before rejoining his men. (L.G. 3/8/1944 (I))" AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Truck Driver/Civilian AWMM
    AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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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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Death

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

Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

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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 131 AWMM
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
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