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Brian Matauru Poananga

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Photograph of 'Three officers from 'A' Company, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR), share a bottle of beer in a reserve area. The soldiers are (left to right): Captain Brian Poananga, a New Zealander serving with the battalion; 3/40105 Lieutenant Gilmer John (Gil) Lucas MC; 3/395 Major Jeffrey James (Jim) Shelton MC, the company commander.' Australian War Memorial, P02208.035. Image may be subject to copyright restrictions.

Photograph of 'Three officers from 'A' Company, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR), …

Identity

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    2 December 1924 AWMM Palmerston NorthManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Jayforce Pre 27 April 1905 AWMM 2 Durham Crescent, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Jayforce Mrs A. Poananga (mother), 514 Ferguson Street, Palmerston North, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    Jayforce 1944 2NZEF Nom. Roll 16, p.106
    Age 20 AWMM
    Civil servant/Civilian 2NZEF Nom. Roll 16, p.106
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  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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  • POW serial number

Medical history

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Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Doreen Mary Porter they married on 28 May 1949.

    Younger brother of Bruce Tikitiki-o-Rangi Poananga 824110.

    Attended Palmerston North Boys' High School.

    CO 1 RNZIR from 1965-1967.

    Photo of Maj B.M. Poananga in The Officers, 2nd Battalion The New Zealand Regiment (Taiping, Malaya 1960)

    Photo of Maj B.M. Poananga in The Officers, 2nd Battalion The New Zealand Regiment (Malaya 1961)

    Photo of Lt Col B.M. Poananga in The Officers, 1st Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (Terendak Camp, Malaya 1966-67) AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    • 5 September 1995 AWMM
      Age 70 AWMM
      TaupoWaikato AWMM
    • 5 September 1995 obituary
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  • Age at death
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  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
    • Turangarahui AWMM
    • Turanga Rahui, near Ruatoria AWMM
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  • Obituary
    Obituary: Evening Post, 7 September 1995 AWMM
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Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

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  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 15 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1945 to 31st December, 1945). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 15: WW2 106 AWMM
    • Subritzky, M. (1990). The Subritzky legend. Waikanae, N.Z.: Heritage Press. AWMM
    • Hall, C. (2014). No front line : inside stories of New Zealand's Vietnam War. Auckland, New Zealand : Penguin Books. AWMM
    • This record was created from data kindly provided by the New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage. AWMM
    • Overseas postings and forces - New Zealand Force for Malaya Far East land forces - Officers, 1957-1971, Archives New Zealand, Wellington, AD-W6W2564 36 part 3. AWMM
    • Nominal Roll 2NZ Regiment 1959-1961. Kindly provided by Alan (Archie) Dawson February 2021. AWMM
    • Chamberlain, H. (2013). The New Zealand Korea Roll : honouring those who served in the New Zealand Armed Forces in Korea, 1950-1957. Wellington, N.Z.: Author. AWMM
      p.335 AWMM
    • This record was partially created from Cemetery research completed by Carol Foster (2021). AWMM
    • Brocklebank, L.W. (1997). Jayforce : New Zealand and the military occupation of Japan, 1945-48. Auckland, N.Z.: Oxford University Press. AWMM
    • Fry, P., & New Zealand. Army. Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment. Battalion, 1st. (1983). The First Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment : Journal / [P.J. Fry, editor] (25th anniversary commemorative ed.). Singapore: The Regiment. AWMM
    • FARELF Nominal Roll Part 1 1958-1961 - Archives New Zealand, Wellington, CAJN CH189/Box70 41/4/11 (R21234083) AWMM
    • Iwi, Hapū, Rohe and additional whakapapa information kindly provided from “Ngāti Raukawa and 20th century wars. Ngā Pakanga o Te Ao. Participation, Price, and Post-War Experience.” Research conducted by Te Kenehi Teira and Heeni Collins (2022). Report commissioned by Crown Forestry Rental Trust, Wellington (Wai 2200 Porirua ki Manawatu Inquiry). AWMM
    • Ngāti Raukawa in World War 2 - 1939-1945 & further (credit to Reuben Waaka, Diane Taylor, Te Kenehi Teira). Part of “Ngāti Raukawa and 20th century wars. Ngā Pakanga o Te Ao. Participation, Price, and Post-War Experience.” Research conducted by Te Kenehi Teira and Heeni Collins (2022). Report commissioned by Crown Forestry Rental Trust, Wellington (Wai 2200 Porirua ki Manawatu Inquiry). AWMM

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