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George Tamahori

  • Service number
    65322 AWMM
  • Also known as
    • George McLeod AWMM
    • Hori Ngangaro TAMAHORI Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 17 September 2023 -
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
  • War
2/Lt # 65322 George TAMAHORI of Ruatoria 9th Reinforcements of the 28th Maori Battalion Wounded once - Invalided Home


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  • Title
  • Forenames
    George AWMM
  • Surname
    Tamahori AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • George McLeod AWMM
    • Hori Ngangaro TAMAHORI Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 17 September 2023 -
  • Service number
    65322 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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  • Hapū
  • Waka
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  • Date of birth
    b. 1913 Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 17 September 2023 -
  • Place of birth
    Rangitukia, Tikitiki, East Coast. Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 17 September 2023 -
  • Birth notes
    Son of Rev. Pineamine & Mareana TAMAHORI Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 17 September 2023 -
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Te Araroa, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs M. Baker (mother), PO Box 21, Ruatoria, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Unknown AWMM Legally Separated AWMM
    • 1946 George TAMAHORI married Helen Margaret TOOMAN Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 17 September 2023 - NZ BDM Marriage Records


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    • George McLeod was George Tamahori (Army number 65322) 9th Reinforcement, C Company. His name McLeod was his wife’s name and he changed it from Tamahori to McLeod, after the war.

      Served as George Tamahori AWMM
      The Maori Battalion has lost another of its warriors.
      George McLeod of Ngati Porou, one of the officers in the East Coast C Company, died in Tauranga yesterday aged 93.
      Monty Soutter, who wrote a history of C Company, says Mr McLeod was part of the second Maori Battalion which went through the Italian campaign, and he was injured at the Battle of Cassino.
      Mr Soutter says Mr McLeod went to war under another name.
      He grew up and served as George Tamahori, he’s from a well known family on the East Coast, being the son of Pene Tamahori, and he only changed his name after the war when he came back, as he told me, to improve his chances at employment,” Monty Soutter says.
      George McLeod has been taken to lie in state at Kennedy Bay on the Coromandel. Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 17 September 2023 -
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  • George McLEOD (aka Hori TAMAHORI) died November 09, 2006 in Tauranga & laid to rest in the Coromandel
    Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 17 September 2023



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  • External links
  • References
    • 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 125 AWMM
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Ko te Reo Huringa Tau o te Ope Maori Tuarua, i noho ki Remuera, Ohaeawai, 1942-43: The Anniversary Magazine of the Second Maori Battalion, Remuera, Ohaeawai 1942-1943. Patrick Smyth Papers, MS-2002-147, Auckland War Memorial Museum. AWMM
    • Nominal Roll of Members of the 2nd Maori Battalion, 26th January 1943. Part of the 2nd Maori Battalion Anniversary Magazine. (MS-2002-147). Auckland War Memorial Museum. AWMM


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17 September 2023Lorraine MonaGisborne Researcher

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