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Tahae Trainor

  • Service number
    62700 AWMM
  • Also known as
    • Tahal AWMM
    • I am sure this is a spelling error. Have never heard that Tahae was known as Tahal Public - Alana - Other relative - 29 May 2018 - Oral sources (family and B Company comrades)
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
  • War
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Tahae AWMM
  • Surname
    Trainor AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Tahal AWMM
    • I am sure this is a spelling error. Have never heard that Tahae was known as Tahal Public - Alana - Other relative - 29 May 2018 - Oral sources (family and B Company comrades)
  • Service number
    62700 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
    Tuhoe Public - Alana - Other relative - 29 May 2018 - Family oral research
  • Hapū
    Hamua Public - Alana - Other relative - 29 May 2018 - Family Oral Research
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    15 February 1919 AWMM RuatokiBay of Plenty AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM C/o J. Horne, Te Puke, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs P. Trainor (mother), Ruatoki, Taneatua, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    62700 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    22 July 1943 AWMM
    During the attack on Takrouna by his battalion on night 19/20 April 1943 L/Sgt. Trainor's Platoon Commander became a casualty when the platoon was still 800 yards from its objective. L/Sgt. Trainor assumed command and with the remainder of the platoon, nine men, pushed through intense machine-gun, anti-tank and mortar fire and captured the objective, destroying machine-gun posts and capturing 27 prisoners including two gun crews with 75mm guns. He consolidated and held the ground throughout the day 21 April 1943 under very heavy artillery and mortar fire until relieved in the evening by men from another unit. His conduct under fire was an inspiration to his men throughout the action. (L.G. 22/7/1943 (I)) The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Trainor, Tahae. (Ref. WO 373/25/464). Military Medal.22 July 1943 AWMM

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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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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  • Son of William and Pihitahi Wharetuna Trainor, of Ruatoki, Auckland, New Zealand

    Name appears as Tahae in Nominal Rolls, as Tahal in Commonwealth War Graves and NZETC

    Reference to death of this soldier in Cecil Coughlan (ed. Garrie Coughlan) Diary of a Kiwi Soldier in World War II.

    Sergeant T. Trainor, MM; born Ruatoki, 15 Feb 1919; carpenter; died of wounds 24 May 1944. (Source: Cody, J.F. 28 Maori Battalion. p.296.)

    'In the meantime the CO, determined to straighten his line, had returned to B Company to accelerate its advance—all contact with A Company had long been lost—and found it still under very heavy fire from the slopes of Takrouna. He sent back instructions to the three three tanks attached to the battalion to turn their guns on Takrouna and ordered Captain Sorensen to leave a party of men with automatics to engage the enemy while the others pushed on and linked up with C Company. Colonel Bennett then left again for C Company to co-ordinate the movements of the two companies but, accepting the risk of stepping over a trip-wire, he exploded a wooden box mine and was severely wounded.

    Captain Sorensen got his men another 300 yards around the south-eastern toe of Takrouna before he was wounded and Lieutenant E. Morgan took command, with 10 Platoon commanded by Sergeant J. Rogers, Platoon by Second-Lieutenant Anaru, and 12 Platoon by Sergeant Trainor. Originally 10 Platoon was to have detailed two sections to make the feint attack on the south face of Takrouna and Rogers left with all the men he could muster to carry out the task.

    It was now about 2 a.m., the objective over half a mile away, and the barrage for Phase I was completed. B Company made another start and when, soon afterwards, Lieutenant Morgan was wounded, the two sergeants carried on independently. No. 11 Platoon, farthest from Takrouna, missed C Company and reached the road under fire from high ground ahead. Sergeant Trainor could muster only nine men and in front of him were machine guns covering two 75-millimetre guns. He led his party straight at the pocket, silencing the guns and taking twenty-seven Germans prisoner. He was awarded an MM for the exploit. Half an hour later 12 Platoon was also up to the road. Sergeant T. Trainor, MM; born Ruatoki, 15 Feb 1919; carpenter; died of wounds 24 May 1944.; Bardia to Enfidaville - And meanwhile the OC and one platoon commander in B Company had been wounded while the company was pushing on another 300 yards round the toe of Takrouna. No. 10 Platoon was left behind under its commander, Sergeant Rogers,1 to make the feint attack up the southern slopes, while the platoon commander, Lieutenant Morgan, now acting as company commander, went on with 11 and 12 Platoons. He was soon himself wounded. Nevertheless the two platoons went on edging ahead along the eastern slopes, and from 11 Platoon two sections managed to reach the road after a difficult advance through intense fire. In one section only one man had survived. When 12 Platoon began the last phase of its advance it had only nine men under Sergeant Trainor. Enemy machine-gun posts covering two 75-millimetre anti-tank guns were discovered and promptly attacked and captured, together with twenty-seven prisoners, all German. No. 12 Platoon then reached the road, the time being about 2.30 a.m. A grim persistence had put these gallant few on their objective, even though they were two hours behind the artillery programme, which very obviously was far too ambitious in its timings. Sergeant T. Trainor, MM; born Ruatoki, 15 Feb 1919; carpenter; died of wounds 24 May 1944.
    ' (Source: Cody, J.F. 28 Maori Battalion. p. 296.; Stevens, W.G. Bardia to Enfidaville. p. 318.) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    24 May 1944 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    ItalyEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cassino War Cemetery, Italy AWMM X. E. 4 AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • I have named my two sons after you, and your brother Ihaia.
    Thank you so much for the sacrifice you made...we are so sorry we never met you.
    We will come to visit your grave in Cassino, Italy in the next two years and we will also visit your brother Ihaia.
    I now work where your names are engraved and go to mihi to both you and Koro Ihaia almost every day.
    Rest in peace and love, arohanui
    Public - Angelique - Other relative - 22 June 2018



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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 355 AWMM
    • Coughlan, C. (2006). Diary of a Kiwi Soldier in World War II. Auckland, N.Z.: Reed. AWMM
      n.p., entry 25 May 1944. AWMM
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.296. AWMM
    • Stevens, W.G. (1962). Bardia to Enfidaville. Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch, Wellington, N.Z. AWMM
      p.318. AWMM


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22 June 2018AngeliqueTamaki Makaurau, AotearoaOther relative
29 May 2018Alana Ruatoki Other relative