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Rawiri Hemi

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Rawiri AWMM
  • Surname
    Hemi AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    801792 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    8 November 1918 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Whangarei, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr R. Hemi (brother), Huia Road, Kaeo, North Auckland, 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
    801792 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Military Medal (MM) AWMM
      6 April 1944 AWMM
      "During the battle for Fonte Grande on the morning of 24 December 1943 Pte. Hemi took charge of his section which was encountering very heavy mortar and small arms fire. This did not deter Pte. Hemi from leading his section forward with vigour and skill, and he personally knocked out one machine-gun post with his Bren and was instrumental in silencing two others. Whilst his company was consolidating, in broad daylight, Pte. Hemi went forward and, with complete disregard for his own safety, dragged a wounded comrade back to safety. He also helped to carry out another wounded soldier whilst under heavy fire from enemy snipers. This soldier was an inspiration to his men and showed exceptional courage, resourcefulness and ability. (L.G. 10/5/1945 (I) The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Hemi, Rawiri. (Ref. WO 373/5/466). Military Medal. 06 Apr 1944. " AWMM
    • This citation for Rawiri Hemi's Military Medal is reproduced from the April 1990 NZ 28 Maori Battali Public - Leone - Researcher - 25 January 2015 - Web link - Retrieved from http://www.28maoribattalion.org.nz/memory/private-rawiri-hemi-leads-his-section-fonte-grande

Training and Enlistment

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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 in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Piripi and Maata Hemi. AWMM

Death

About death

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  • Death
    22 September 1944 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    ItalyEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cesena War Cemetery, Italy AWMM V. D. 1. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • 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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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139. AWMM
    • 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 58 AWMM
    • Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139. AWMM

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25 January 2015LeoneCesena - ItalyResearcher
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