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Hemi Hemara Aupouri

Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War II Hall of Memories Panel  A_012. Image taken June 2020.

Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War II Hall of Memories Panel A_012. Image taken June 2020.

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Hemi Hemara AWMM
  • Surname
    Aupouri AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    39041 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
    b. 1912 Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 10 October 2023 -
  • Place of birth
    NZ Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 10 October 2023 -
  • Birth notes
    Son of Katene and Raiha AUPOURI of Ngati Rangi, sub-tribe of Ngati Porou Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 10 October 2023 - GISBORNE HERALD, VOLUME LXX, ISSUE 21218, 6 OCTOBER 1943, PAGE 4
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Reporoa, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs R. Aupouri, (mother), Reporoa, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Western Desert AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    39041 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Hemi Aupouri was the son of Katene and Raiha Aupouri. AWMM
    • MAORI’S OWN UNIT brilliant war record STRENGTH FROM PRAYER -
      The speaker mentioned several incidents during the unit’s stay in England, and then continued his history of the battalion through the Greek and Cretan campaigns, and telling in particular of the bayonet charge at Suda Bay which threw the enemy into confusion. The prelude to this charge of a haka —-the only haka which the Maoris had used in battle — led by Private H. AUPOURI. Ruatoria, who was later killed at El Alamein. Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 22 June 2023 - From the News REPORT - RACIAL PRIDE
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About death

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  • Death
    3 August 1942 AWMM
    Age 30 AWMM
    Western DesertNorth Africa AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt AWMM I, D. 9. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • Tīhei Māuri Ora!!!

    E te toka tūmoana, Pāpā Hemara tēnei te tangi apakura nei ki ā koe i tēnei wā, tēnei hoki te whakamihi ki ā koe mō to māia, to pakari ano hoki ki te mura o te ahi, he Uri na Tumatauenga kā tika!! e mārama pai tēnei uri taku mana nāu ano i whakatō, nāu ano i irihia ki te Mana a o tātou Atua māori i takea mai i ngā wai koropupu o Hawaiiki nui a pamamāo. E te pāpā moe mai i te pō Uriuri, Ara mai i te Pō mārama hei whetu tiramarama i te rangi. Ngāti Rangi Mana, Ngāti Rangi tangata, Ngāti Rangi mo Ake!! Te Whānau Aupouri e mihi ana.
    Public - Shandley - Other relative - 1 April 2024



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  • External links
  • References
    • Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 2 (Embarkations to 30th June, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 2: WW2 11 AWMM
    • Soutar, M. (2008). Nga tama toa = The price of citizenship : C Company 28 (Maori) Battalion 1939-1945. Albany, N.Z.: David Bateman. AWMM
      Portrait published in Soutar (2008) AWMM
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
01 April 2024ShandleyMurihikuOther relative
10 October 2023Lorraine MonaGisborne Researcher

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