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Richard Tohu

Pte. R. Tohu, of Pipiwai Whangarei, killed in action. Taken from the supplement to the Auckland Weekly News 01 MARCH 1944 p022. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections AWNS-19440301-22-18. Copyright or other restrictions may apply to this image.

Pte. R. Tohu, of Pipiwai Whangarei, killed in action. Taken from the supplement to the Auckland Week …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Richard AWMM
  • Surname
    Tohu AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    801773 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 Pipiwai, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs T. Tohu (wife), Pipiwai, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 21 July 1943 AWMM Married AWMM
    Married, 1 child AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    801773 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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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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  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Private Richard Tohu was the son of Haami Watini Tohu and Ani Paora Tohu, of Whangarei; and husband of Toti Tohu.

    Two brothers went to WW2 Richard Tohu (801773) and Dick Tohu (801498)

    Private Tohu received his education in Hokianga. Later he was a prominent member of the Pipiwai Rugby football team and was extremely popular with every member of the team as a clean player and a true sport on and off the field.

    His father, although over age, was still in the armed forces at the time of Private Tohu's death

    He left behind a wife and one child. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    24 December 1943 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    ItalyEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Moro River Canadian War Cemetery, Italy AWMM XII. A. 11. AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Hokianga Arch of Remembrance, Kohukohu, Hokianga, New Zealand AWMM

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  • Kia Ora ,I am Ipu, my mum is Toti Peeni, my mum was married to Richard Tohu they had a child Celia Tohu Peeni, as we grew up with history about our sisters dad and he was killed in action in Italy, few years went by and my mum and dad Ngakuru Peeni were married. We were brought up my our parents , that we support each other, we always knew about Richard Tohu and we were all from Pipiwai and we are one whanau.
    They are all catching up there and even though my sister didn't know her real Dad, our Dad became her dad on this earth and she joins her whanau up there and catching up of loss time with our mum and her two Dads that would be so special.
    Public - Ipu - Other relative - 23 April 2020



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  • External links
  • References
    • 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. 12 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1943 to 31st December, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 12: WW2 194 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


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23 April 2020IpuAuckland, New ZealandOther relative

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