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John Hamilton Ingram

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Hamilton AWMM
  • Surname
    Ingram AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Te Kaiamo AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 67534 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
    Te Arawa AWMM
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    5 August 1918 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Horo Horo, Rotorua, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs P. Ingram (wife), Tarewa Road, Rotorua, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Tunisia AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 67534 AWMM
  • Military service
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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
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • John Ingram was the son of James and Ngahaka Ingram of Rotorua and the husband of Paterehia Ingram of Murupara, Auckland.

    The following Waiata has been supplied by John Te Kaiamo Ingram's family for inclusion in this record. The waiata was composed by John's mother, Ngahaka, a few weeks after she received the news that her only son had been killed in the battle of Takrouna. The song is now sung by members of Ngahaka's family and is dedicated to her memory and that of her son.



    Pari rere o Takrouna i Tunihia

    I piki ai koutou e tama ma

    Ahakoa nga wehe nui

    Piki tonu koutou e

    Mapu ai to manawa Aue! Ra

    Rongonui! Rongotoa!

    Mohou ra te iwi Maori

    Moe mai ra e te Raukura

    I te marae o Tumatauenga

    Nga kura i muri nei

    Tangi hotuhotu nei

    Kua ngaro Te Matua i te Ao

    The cliffs which rose towards Takrouna in Tunisia

    You climbed its heights oh soldiers brave to battle there

    Filled with fear, heads held high

    You continued the climb

    Beating hearts, courageously, you carried on

    Rongonui! Rongotoa!

    Mohou ra te iwi Maori

    Sleep in peace my beloved only son

    On the fields of Tumatauenga

    The loved ones here, we wait at home

    With hearts sobbing, bereft, alone

    Aue! my only son, gone forever, from my embrace

    Aue! my only son, gone forever, from my embrace

    Private Ingram was closely associated with Sergeant Manahi who was awarded the DCM for his part in this action. The plan was for a 'force' to create a diversion that would assist D. Company to attack Takrouna from the rear. Before dawn a group of about ten men led by Sergeant Rogers gathered in a hollow and were divided into two. Ingram went with Manahi and three other Privates H. Grant, K. Aranui and J. Takiwa, whilst Rogers took with him Sergeant Smith, Lance-Corporal H. Ruha and Privates E. Douglas, J. Douglas, W. Ratahi and W. Takurua. The action was reasonably successful but the price was high, as of this small group five were killed and several wounded.

    The circumstances surrounding the action in which Private Ingram died took place at Takrouna, Tunisia.The Rock of Takrouna was a key point of the enemy's defence line.Nestling on the northern slopes was the village of Takrouna, uninhabited at the time but normally the home of about 500 people.The countryside between the troops and this strategic feature though fairly flat and undulating was a natural death trap.One of the worst features being impenetrable walls of cactus which, it transpired, had been heavily mined.On the night of the attack each assaulting battalion was allotted three Crusader tanks for the purpose of smashing through the cactus.Machetes were also issued to the men. The New Zealand Division's intention was to attack and capture the Djebel el Froukr and Djebel el Ogla features and exploit to the north-west and north.In other words, they were to secure the end of a ridge and exploit into the hills.Fifth Brigade on the left of the New Zealand sector had for its first objective the capture of Djebel Cherachir which lay beyond Takrouna and Djebel Bir.The final objective, Djebel Froukr, lay a mile further north. The Enfidaville-Zaghouan road ran between Cherachir and Takrouna and was the final objective for the first phase of the attack - the responsibility of 28 Battalion, on the right and 21 Battalion on the left. The 21 Battalion was to reach the road by moving around the left or western side of Takrouna.Takrouna hill itself and Djebel Bir were to be taken by the 28 Battalion. For a detailed account of the whole event refer to 28 (Maori) Battalion by J.F. Cody Chapter II. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    20 April 1943 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    TakrounaTunisia AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Enfidaville War Cemetery, Tunisia AWMM Plot VII, Row A, Grave 6 AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • Tena koutou katoa,

    I am a direct descendant of Koro John Te Kaiamo Ingram. My Kuia was the eldest born child of 3 siblings that, sadly, grew up without their father. Koro John Te Kaiamo left a huge hole in the lives of those he left behind, His Mother (Nanny Ngahaka), his sisters, his Wife (Nanny Pat) and our darling kuia (Kuia Vera Teaotuhirangi, Kuia Betty Ngahaka & Kuia Ema). My kuia used to speak about memories she had hiding in the closet reading letters from her father as a child, Koro John Te Kaiamo...just imagine that, I cant begin to fathom just what kind of strength, spirit & courage a man must posses to do what he did.....Nevertheless, I am very proud to have such a courageous mans blood running through my veins. The sacrifice he made for us will never ever be forgotten.

    Koro John Te Kaiamo, you will forever live on in our hearts.
    Public - Halee Kimiora - Direct descendant - 23 April 2020
  • Kia Ora, my name is Aroha-Rose Heather, I am Koro John Ingram’s oldest great great grand daughter. I wish I got to met you Koro ❤️ Love you always x
    Lest we forget
    Public - Aroha-Rose - Direct descendant - 23 April 2020
  • Hi my name is James Hamilton Ingram and John Hamilton Ingram was my great great grandfather 😃😃
    Public - James Hamilton - Direct descendant - 25 May 2016
  • Hi my name is kobe my dad is daryl and my kuia is ngahaka. John Ingram is my Great grandfather.
    Public - Kobe - Direct descendant - 29 March 2016
  • I lay a Poppy in memory of my Grandfather. I am the youngest of his youngest Daughter, Ema Josephine Ingram (Twist), Henare children. Since learning of my Grandfather at a young age, ANZAC is a positive memorial in which we not only Honour him but all his comrades. Forever in our hearts. We ALWAYS remember you.
    Public - Julie Te Ao Tuhirangi - 26 April 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • Gardiner, W. (2019). Ake ake kia kaha e! : Forever brave! : B Company 28 (Maori) Battalion, 1939-1945. Auckland : Bateman Books. AWMM
      Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1942). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 5 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1941 to 30 September, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 5: WW2 106 AWMM
    • Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139. AWMM
    • Gardiner, W. (2019). Ake ake kia kaha e! : Forever brave! : B Company 28 (Maori) Battalion, 1939-1945. Auckland : Bateman Books. AWMM
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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08 June 2022Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
23 April 2020Aroha-RoseMurupara Direct descendant
23 April 2020Halee KimioraMurupara, AotearoaDirect descendant
25 May 2016James Hamilton AustraliaDirect descendant
29 March 2016KobeRotorua New ZealandDirect descendant

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