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Fred Te Namu

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Fred AWMM
  • Surname
    Te Namu AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    65203 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    20 September 1916 AWMM KaikoheNorthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • 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
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    65203 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • 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

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Labourer/Civilian AWMM
    AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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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
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Wounded October 1942 AWMM
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • 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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Death

About death

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  • Death
    17 December 1943 AWMM
    Age 27 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. 20. AWMM
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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

Sources

Sources

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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. 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

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15 May 2019zonyaStrathmore ParkDirect descendant
15 May 2019GailPlymouth, EnglandOther
14 October 2015Cheyne CowleyRotoruaOther relative
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