Te Namu AWMM
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Date of birth
Place of birth
Address before enlistment
Unknown AWMM Kapenga, Rotorua, New Zealand AWMM
Post war occupation
Next of kin on embarkation
Mr W. Te Namu (father), Kaikohe, New Zealand AWMM
Medals and Awards
Military Medal (MM) AWMM
28 January 1943 AWMM
This soldier showed exceptional courage during the attack on Point 29 on the night of 1-2 November 1942. With rifle and hand-grenades he killed seven of the enemy, wounding several more. Later he held his section forward and destroyed two more enemy posts killing three men and wounded several more. Later he led his section forward and destroyed two more enemy posts killing three men and wounding and and capturing one. He then returned to the first enemy post and mounted one of the captured machine-guns, manning it for the remainder of the night and the whole of the next day under heavy mortar and machine-gun fire. His conduct throughout the action was a source of inspiration to his comrades. (L.G. 28/1/1943 (I))
The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Te Namu, Fred. (Ref. WO 373/23/458). Military Medal. 28 January 1943 AWMM
POW liberation details
POW serial number
- Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
Wounded October 1942 AWMM
- Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
Fred Te Namu was the son of W. Te Namu and Riria, of Tautoro, New Zealand.
Born at Tautoro, near Kaikohe in 1916, and educated at Tautoro School, Fred was a prominent footballer before the war. He played rugby league for Tautoro and rugby for Kaikohe, and was selected as a Bay of Island rep, but went to live in Rotorua, where he later enlisted for service with the Maori Battalion. He left New Zealand in 1941 and fought in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Sicily and Italy.
He won his Military Medal during an attack by the Maori battalion on a strongly held anti-tank position at El Alamein on the night of 1-2 November 1942. With rifle and hand-grenades he killed seven of the enemy and wounded several more. Later he held his section forward and destroyed two more enemy posts killing three men and wounded several more. Later he led his section forward and destroyed two more enemy posts killing three men and wounding and capturing one. He returned to the army post and mounted a captured machine-gun manning it for the remainder of the night and the whole of the next day under heavy mortar and machine-gun fire.
Next of kin details compiled from information in the Casualty lists published in the newspapers. AWMM
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Fred Te Namu and my grandmother Ngairo Wharemate had a child my mother Kararaina Te Namu.
Public - zonya - Direct descendant - 15 May 2019
Fred Te Namu was my mother's (Te Aroha- Tuarua Wharemate. 1927-2012 ) foster mother's ( Hira Te Namu ) brother. There is a photo of him on the back wall of the whare tipuna Mahuhu-ki-te-rangi in Tautoro. I believe he had a daughter .
Public - Cheyne Cowley - Other relative - 14 October 2015
- 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. 4 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1941 to 30 June, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
WW2 4: WW2 347 AWMM
- Northland roll of honour and servicemen of WW II [electronic resource]. (2002). Whangarei, N.Z.: Returned Services Association. AWMM
- Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
|15 May 2019||zonya||Strathmore Park||Direct descendant||
|15 May 2019||Gail||Plymouth, England||Other||
|14 October 2015||Cheyne Cowley||Rotorua||Other relative||
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