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Ivan John Matich

Portrait, Ivan Matich aged 22 years Mizuba, Japan ( photo supplied by family) - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, Ivan Matich aged 22 years Mizuba, Japan ( photo supplied by family) - This image may be su …


  • Taitara
  • Ngā ingoa tuatahi
    Ivan John AWMM
  • Ingoa whānau
    Matich AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Ingoa kārangaranga
  • Nama hōia
    • 1/21/1018 AWMM
    • 624949 AWMM
  • Ira tangata
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Pono

Tauoranga kirirarau

Te whānautanga

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  • Whānautanga mai
    14 Hereturikōkā 1924 AWMM RacisceKorcula AWMM
  • Rā i whānau mai ai
  • Wāhi Whānau
  • Tuhinga mō te whānautanga
  • Wāhi noho i mua i te whakaurunga
    Pre 19 Haratua 1942 AWMM Monovale, Cambridge, New Zealand AWMM
  • Mahi whai muri i te pakanga
  • Uri kiritahi i te wā o te ekenga waka
    • Mrs Mary Matich (mother), Ngatea, Hauraki Plains, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs M Matich (mother), Huntly West, New Zealand AWMM
  • Mēnā he hoa rangatira tōna
    Pre 29 Haratua 1946 AWMM Single/WWII AWMM

Ope taua

Ngā pakanga me ngā whawhai

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Ngā tohu taumata rau ope taua

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Te Whakangungu me te Urunga atu

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  • Whakangungu ope taua
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Te urunga
    WW2 19 Haratua 1942 AWMM
    Age 17 AWMM
    Labourer/Civilian AWMM
    HamiltonWaikato AWMM
  • Mahi i mua i te ekenga waka
  • Pakeke i te whakaurunga

Mauhere o te pakanga

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  • Kia mau ki ngā taipitopito
  • Ngā rā i mauherehia ai
  • Rā i puta ai
  • Te rā i whakahokia atu ngā hōia i mauherehia ai
  • Ngā kōrero mō te puta i te mauhere pakanga
  • Nama motuhake mō te mauhere pakanga

Whakapapa hauora

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  • Tuhinga hauora
    • Height, WWII AWMM
      6 foot 2 inches AWMM
    • Eye colour, WWII AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Hair colour, WWII AWMM
      Blond AWMM
    • Complexion, WWII AWMM
      Dark AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Wounded Monte Cassino 23-31 July 1944, Shrapnel in his face and mouth AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Discharged from hospital 1 August 1944 AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Readmitted for same wound AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Heart attack AWMM

Te tūnga whakamutunga e mōhiotia ana

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Kōrero taurongo

Kōrero taurongo

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    • Ivan Matich was the son of Ivan and Marija (nee Franic). He migrated to New Zealand with parents and younger brother George in 1926 on the SS Niagara. His younger brothers, Tony, Mate, Peter and Frank were all born after they arrived in New Zealand. A cousin, Nicolas Matich, also served in World War 2.

      Mother Mary named as next of kin on attestation

      Height incorrectly described at enlistment he was 6 foot 2 inches.

      Private with 24 Battalion, 11 Reinforcements Italy

      Promoted Temporary Corporal 22 may 1946, posted to 2NZEF J Force and posted for active service with the BCOF (J Force) 2 Divisional Cavalry Mizuba, Japan

      Issued with Italy Star ribbon, and 1939-45 Star at Papakura

      Promoted in Japan to Sergeant 22 May 1947

      Ivan spoke of training for Japanese landings in 1945 when they were all relieved to hear the news of the Japanese surrender.

      Ivan recounted, at his brother's funeral (2005), walking with his platoon down a road somewhere in Italy when who should drive past in a jeep but the then Prime Minister, Peter Fraser who was visiting the 2NZEF with General Bernard Freyberg. The jeep went ahead of them on the road and disappeared out of sight around a bend, then shortly afterward Ivan heard the sound of gunfire, and screeching brakes, then the jeep came hurtling back down the road past them again and everyone inside it had their heads down. Thank fully none were wounded. Fifty yards up the road, Ivan said, they ran into the German army.

      After the war he lived alone and shunned contact for many years

      Uncle of Tanya Matich; George, Maryanne, Peter, David, Janet, Lucia, Susan, Peter, Paul, Philip, Stephen, Michael, Aaron, Mathew, Tanya, Neil, Russell.

      Service Record, second Christian name John added in 1946. Additional biographical information on file. Increased age from 17 years to 19 at enlistment. AWMM
    • Uncle of Tanya, Neil, Russell, Peter, Paul, Phillip, Stephen, Michael, Aaron, Matthew, George, Peter, Mary-anne, Janet, David, Suzy and Lucia Matich Public - Tanya - Other Relative - 25 April 2015 - Family
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  • Matenga
    23 Haratua 2008 AWMM
    Age 83 AWMM
    New Zealand AWMM
  • Rā i mate ai
  • Pakeke i te matenga
  • Wāhi Mate
  • Te momo matenga
  • Tuhipoka mō te matenga
  • Urupā
    Hamilton Park Cemetery, 395 Morrinsville Road, Newstead, Hamilton, New Zealand AWMM Totara Services Lawn, RSA Section AWMM
  • Ingoa o te urupā
  • Tohutoro kōhatu urupā
  • Pānui Matenga
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 2 June 2008 AWMM
  • Ingoa maumaharatanga
  • Tohutoro maumaharatanga

Ngā maumaharatanga


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  • Ingoa maumaharatanga

Rārangi Ingoa Whai Hōnore

Maumahara Ivan John Matich mā te whakatakoto i te papi

Waiho atu he tuhinga

Waiho atu he poroporoaki, he maumaharatanga ki a Ivan John Matich

Waiho atu he tuhinga

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  • Uncle John was in Europe for 2 years and 1 month. Enlisted as a Private - attained the rank of Sergeant by the time of his discharge. Was in the NZ infantry, 24th Battalion 1st 11th reinforcements. Wounded at Casino where he took shrapnel through the throat, but returned to the front line and saw action at several places in the Italian campaign. Returned from the War, settled in Hamilton where he worked as a builder for many years. Remained a bachelor.
    Public - Peter - Other Relative - 25 Paengawhāwhā 2015

Ngā mātāwai

Ngā mātāwai

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  • Hononga ki waho
  • Ngā tuhinga
    • Burdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      Cenotaph data entry form AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 13 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1944 to 31st March, 1944). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 13: WW2 83 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1950). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 16 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1946 to 30th June, 1948). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 16: WW2 89 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 2 June 2008 AWMM
    • Loughnan, R. (1963). Divisional Cavalry. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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