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Wiremu Ruru

Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War II Hall of Memories Panel  R_019. Image taken June 2020.

Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War II Hall of Memories Panel R_019. Image taken June 2020.

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Wiremu AWMM
  • Surname
    Ruru AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    26026 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1913 Public Source
  • Date of birth
    1913 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 23 September 2015 -
  • Place of birth
    Te Karaka, Gisborne Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 23 September 2015 -
  • Birth notes
    Son of Iwi Ruru and of Emma Ruru (nee Haronga), Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 23 September 2015 -
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Te Karaka, Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr I. Ruru (father), Te Karaka, Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1941 Crete AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    26026 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

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

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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    • Wiremu Ruru was the son of Iwi Ruru and of Emma Ruru (nee Haronga), of Te Karaka, New Zealand. AWMM
    • ln memory of our dear son. Wiremu Ruru, of Te Karaka, killed in action at Crete on May 23, 1941. Moe mai e Tama i nga-parae o kiriti. . Waiho te marama e kite iho na ia koe. Hei tohu aroha i tou ahua, E kore e warewaretia.
      Beneath a foreign sky you sleep, A Cretan moon shines o’er your grave, At home your memory we keep Of deeds so strong and true and brave. —lnserted by Mum and Dad. brothers, sister, sister-in-law, nephews and nieces.
      Ruru. —ln loving memory of our dear brother, Wiremu, and uncle, killed in action, Crete, May 23, 1941.
      Many a lonely heartache. Often a silent tear. Always a beautiful memory Of one we love so dear. —lnserted by his loving sister, Martha,' Sydney and family, and wee Wiremu. Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 4 June 2023 - IN MEMORIAM
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About death

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  • Death
    23 May 1941 AWMM
    Age 28 AWMM
    CreteGreece AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Suda Bay War Cemetery, Crete, Greece AWMM 11. A. 5. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
    Gisborne's War Memorial Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 13 January 2016 - Research
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Te Karaka War Memorial, corner of Main and Station Roads, Te Karaka, Gisborne AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • 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. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 3: WW2 415 AWMM
    • Soutar, M. (2008). Nga tama toa = The price of citizenship : C Company 28 (Maori) Battalion 1939-1945. Albany, N.Z.: David Bateman. AWMM
      Portrait published in Soutar (2008) AWMM
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
04 June 2023Lorraine MonaGisborneResearcher
03 May 2022Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
13 January 2016Lorraine MGisborneResearcher

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