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Kura Edwards

Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War II Hall of Memories Panel  E_003. Image taken June 2020.

Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War II Hall of Memories Panel E_003. Image taken June 2020.

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Kura AWMM
  • Surname
    Edwards AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 39612 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
    Horouta AWMM
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    7 August 1918 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Reporua, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs Rere Te Hei (mother), Reporua, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 39612 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    17 June 1943 AWMM
    During the attack on 26 March 1943 Pte. Edwards was attached as stretcher bearer to the company that made the attack on Point 209. All the other stretcher bearers attached to this company had become casualties themselves during the approach on to the hill feature so that by the time the company had got on to its objective Pte. Edwards was the only stretcher bearer left. When the company reached the crest of the hill, heavy fighting took place, the enemy making several counter attacks and inflicting heavy casualties on the company. Pte Edwards worked under extremely difficult conditions going from one end of the company to the other under continuous mortar and machine gun fire. But without the slightest regard for his own personal safety he worked unceasingly throughout the whole night and the better part of the next day till his company was relieved, not only dressing the wounded but also carrying them down the hill to safety. During this action Pte. Edwards showed unswerving devotion to duty in the face of tremendous odds and also showing personal courage and fortitude of a very high order. (L.G. 17/6/1943 (I)) The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Edwards, Kura. (Ref. WO 373/25/223). Military Medal. AWMM

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
    Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Kura Edwards was the son of Tom and Reri Edwards, of Ruatoria, New Zealand.

    Listed in the Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945 as Kura Edward

    Record in Soutar (2008) as Died on Active Service, Buried in New Zealand AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    14 November 1944 AWMM
    Age 26 AWMM
    New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Kaonui Cemetery, Reporua, New Zealand 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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  • External links
  • Documents
    • 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 57 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
    • Gardiner, W. (2019). Ake ake kia kaha e! : Forever brave! : B Company 28 (Maori) Battalion, 1939-1945. Auckland : Bateman Books. AWMM

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