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Paihana Epiha

L/Cpl. P. Ephia, of Matauri Bay, Kaeo, died of wounds.L/Cpl. P. Ephia, of Matauri Bay, Kaeo, died of wounds. Taken from the supplement to the Auckland Weekly News 16 FEBRUARY 1944 p022. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections AWNS-19440216-22-13. Copyright or other restrictions may apply to this image.

L/Cpl. P. Ephia, of Matauri Bay, Kaeo, died of wounds.L/Cpl. P. Ephia, of Matauri Bay, Kaeo, died of …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Paihana AWMM
  • Surname
    Epiha AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    68216 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Matauri Bay, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs E. Epiha (mother), Matauri Bay, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Tunisia AWMM
    • Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    68216 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Fisherman/Civilian AWMM
    KaeoNorthland AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Paihana Epiha was the son of William and Erana Epiha, of Matauri Bay, New Zealand.

    Born in Matauri Bay and educated there, he became a member of the Matauri Bay senior Rugby football team which won the Whangaroa Sub-Union's last championship. Lance-Corporal Epiha was also a keen tennis player.

    He enlisted for overseas service in 1941 and was called up for the Maori Battalion the same year. He was retained in NZ for a time and was also for some time an instructor at the Home Guard military school. He was eventually recalled to his Unit and was in the Middle East during the Tunisian Campaign. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    7 January 1944 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    ItalyEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Sangro River War Cemetery, Italy AWMM XVI. D. 11. AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • Moe mai I te Marie. Ka maumahara tonu tatou i a ratou . ❤️
    Public - Glenys - Direct descendant - 26 February 2017
  • Our beautiful uncle not a day goes by without remembering you in our hearts.. love you forever..R.I.P. We will remember them. Least We Forget Xx
    Public - Lucretia - Direct descendant - 24 April 2016



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Northland roll of honour and servicemen of WW II [electronic resource]. (2002). Whangarei, N.Z.: Returned Services Association. AWMM
    • 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 39 AWMM
    • Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139. 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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26 February 2017Glenys Whangarei Direct descendant
24 April 2016Lucretia WhangareiDirect descendant
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