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Raymond Bluett

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Identity

  • Title
    Mr Public - Raymond Karl Tautuhi - Direct descendant - 21 February 2019 - Family history
  • Forenames
    • Raymond AWMM
    • Raymond Tautuhi Public - Raymond Karl Tautuhi - Direct descendant - 21 February 2019 - Family history
  • Surname
    Bluett AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    801895 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
    Ngāi The Rangi Public - Raymond Karl Tautuhi - Direct descendant - 21 February 2019 - Family history
  • Hapū
    Ngā Pōtiki Public - Raymond Karl Tautuhi - Direct descendant - 21 February 2019 - Family history
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    25 April 1920 AWMM WhakataneWhakatane AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Taneatua, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs M. Bluett (mother), Taneatua, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    801895 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    10 May 1945 AWMM
    'On 28 July 1944 during the attack at POTIANO, Italy, Private Bluett showed outstanding courage and devotion to duty. His Platoon Commander observed a two-storeyed house occupied by a number of the enemy which was holding up the advance of the flanking platoon. Under heavy small-arms fire Private Bluett attacked the house single-handed killing one officer and five others with his sub-machine gun. The remainder of the enemy fled from the house but immediately reformed and counter-attacked. Private Bluett drove them off, killing three more. It was his initiative, determination and outstanding courage that helped the flanking platoon to gain their objective.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Bluett, Raymond. (Ref. WO 373/11/625). Military Medal. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Staff Sergeant R. Bluett, MM; Taneatua; born Whakatane, 25 Apr 1920; labourer; twice wounded. (Source: Cody, J.F. 28 Maori Battalion. p.391.)

    'The 23rd Battalion was sent off soon after the Maoris had settled in; its first objective was San Martino a Cossi and it had a hard fight to take and hold the village. Colonel Young was directed towards Tavarnelle, about three miles away along a highway running north-east. Patrols reported that the country in front was almost deserted and it was thought that 23 Battalion had scared the enemy away. One enemy party was located and dealt with. Lieutenant Hubbard (B Company) was returning from a fruitless quest when he saw suspicious movement in a two-storied house near by. Private Bluett volunteered to go and look the place over and disappeared into the undergrowth. He wormed his way into the house and on the ground floor surprised a German who was sent out with his hands in the air. An officer appeared on the stairs, fired at Bluett and missed; Bluett fired his tommy gun and did not miss. He then ran up the stairs, burst through a hastily closed door, wounded two more Germans and killed a third.' (Source: Cody, J.F. 28 Maori Battalion. p. 391.) AWMM
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Death

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  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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Memorials

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Sources

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  • External links
    • 28th Maori Battalion Website 1941-1945
      http://www.28maoribattalion.org.nz/
      Further Reference
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington: Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. Digital copy.
      http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2Maor.htm
      Further Reference
    • 'The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy.' (London Gazette, 10 May 1945, p.2455.). Military Medal.
      http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/37072/supplements/2455
      Further Reference
    • 'On 28 July 1944 during the attack at POTIANO, Italy, Private Bluett showed outstanding courage and devotion to duty. His Platoon Commander observed a two-storeyed house occupied by a number of the enemy which was holding up the advance of the flanking platoon. Under heavy small-arms fire Private Bluett attacked the house single-handed killing one officer and five others with his sub-machine gun. The remainder of the enemy fled from the house but immediately reformed and counter-attacked. Private Bluett drove them off, killing three more. It was his initiative, determination and outstanding courage that helped the flanking platoon to gain their objective.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Bluett, Raymond. (Ref. WO 373/11/625). Military Medal.
      http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=D7353915
      Further Reference
  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 11 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1943 to 30th June, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 11: WW2 14 AWMM
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.391. AWMM
    • Gardiner, W. (2019). Ake ake kia kaha e! : Forever brave! : B Company 28 (Maori) Battalion, 1939-1945. Auckland : Bateman Books. AWMM

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21 February 2019Raymond Karl TautuhiSydney AustraliaDirect descendant
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