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Tahere Hemi Tuhi


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Tahere Hemi AWMM
  • Surname
    Tuhi AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    802245 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    6 December 1912 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Care of G. Brown, Puha, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs P. Tuhi (wife), Care of G. Brown, Puha, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 21 July 1943 AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    802245 AWMM
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    10 May 1945 AWMM
    Pte Tuhi was medical orderly during the attack of his platoon to establish a bridgehead across the river Baldona on 12 October 1944. Early in the attack the platoon was pinned down by heavy mortar and machine-gun fire and the sergeant wounded. Pte. Tuhi, in spite of the concentrated fire, went forward to the aid of the wounded sergeant and commenced dressing his wounds. Pte. Tuhi was himself badly wounded in the arm but he completed the dressing and, still under mortar and machine-gun fire, he lifted the sergeant and carried him back to safety. For the rest of the attack, in spite of his own suffering, Pte. Tuhi continued to carry on his duties, his courage and devotion to duty being of the very highest order. (L.G. 10/5/1945 (I)) The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Tuhi, Taheri Hemi. (Ref. WO 373/11/639). Military Medal. 10 May 1945 AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
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  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Labourer/Civilian AWMM
    GisborneGisborne AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
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Medical history

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Private T. H. Tuhi, MM; Puha, Te Karaka; born NZ 6 Dec 1912; labourer; twice wounded. (Source: Cody, J.F. 28 Maori Battalion. p.426.)

    'The 23rd Battalion tried to move to the next objective, the Scolo Rigossa, but was halted by heavy fire, and for some hours both our and the enemy's artillery were in full action, the Germans ‘stonking’ Gatteo and our guns Sant' Angelo and each dealing according to his lights with the Rio Baldona area. Fifth Brigade started again about 3 p.m. for the Scolo Rigossa, this time with more success, although C Company on the open flank had initial difficulty with a strongpoint. Here another MM was won by Private T. H. Tuhi, company medical orderly, who attended the wounded under fire and was himself wounded.

    There was no further opposition and the battalion had settled into casas near the Scolo Rigossa by 4 p.m., with the enemy FDLs about 200 yards beyond it. Sant' Angelo was now becoming very much of a preoccupation both with Colonel Young and Brigadier Burrows. The support tanks were roadbound and could not pass that enemy strongpoint to assist the Maoris, while the Canadian unit was similarly embarrassed. No further move was made by 5 Brigade that day; A Company sent a patrol towards Sant' Angelo to test its strength but the reception it was accorded was quite convincing; an engineer who went with the patrol reported that the road was thick with mines. Private T. H. Tuhi, MM; Puha, Te Karaka; born NZ 6 Dec 1912; labourer; twice wounded.
    ' (Source: Cody, J.F. 28 Maori Battalion. p. 426.) AWMM
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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 196 AWMM
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.426. AWMM
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