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George Karaka Taiapa

Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War II Hall of Memories Panel  T_001. Image taken June 2020.

Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War II Hall of Memories Panel T_001. Image taken June 2020.

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Identity

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
    15th July 1909 Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 11 August 2023 - https://www.geni.com/people/Hori-Taiapa/6000000082852928214
  • Place of birth
    Tikitiki, East Coast, Gisborne Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 11 August 2023 - https://www.geni.com/people/Hori-Taiapa/6000000082852928214
  • Birth notes
    Son of Tamati Taiapa and Maraea Iritawa Taiapa Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 11 August 2023 - https://www.geni.com/people/Hori-Taiapa/6000000082852928214
  • Address before enlistment
    C/o J.J. Quirk, Motuhora, Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs M. Tonotapu (sister), Y.M.C.A. Hostel, Woburn, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Single AWMM
    • Husband of Hinerupe (Ruby) Taiapa (nee' Houkamau) Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 11 August 2023 - https://www.geni.com/people/Hori-Taiapa/6000000082852928214

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Western Desert, Egypt Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 29 August 2015 - Military Records
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • 28th Maori Battalion - 9th Reinforcements Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 29 August 2015 - Military Records
  • Service number
    WWII 802214 AWMM
  • Military service
    2nd Maori Battalion Nom Roll. 2nd Maori Battalion
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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Labourer/Civilian AWMM
    GisborneGisborne 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
    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Tamati and Maraea Te Iritawa Taiapa, of Tikitiki AWMM

Death

About death

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  • Death
    30 September 1943 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    Western DesertNorth Africa AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
    33yrs Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 11 August 2023 - correction
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt AWMM VIII. E. 19. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Died as the result of an Accident - TAIAPA George Karaka of Wellington Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 11 August 2023 - PRESS, VOLUME LXXIX, ISSUE 24070, 5 OCTOBER 1943, PAGE 6
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  • 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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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 11 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1943 to 30th June, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 11: WW2 124 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
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Ko te Reo Huringa Tau o te Ope Maori Tuarua, i noho ki Remuera, Ohaeawai, 1942-43: The Anniversary Magazine of the Second Maori Battalion, Remuera, Ohaeawai 1942-1943. Patrick Smyth Papers, MS-2002-147, Auckland War Memorial Museum. AWMM
    • Nominal Roll of Members of the 2nd Maori Battalion, 26th January 1943. Part of the 2nd Maori Battalion Anniversary Magazine. (MS-2002-147). Auckland War Memorial Museum. AWMM

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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
11 August 2023Lorraine Mona Gisborne Researcher
29 August 2015Lorraine MGisborne, NZResearcher

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