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Joseph Keelan

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Joseph AWMM
  • Surname
    Keelan AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Te O Rongonui AWMM
  • Service number
    65448 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 Whakarewarewa, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs H. Kakara (mother), Te Teko, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Western Desert AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    65448 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

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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  • Aka recorded as Te O Rongonui in Souter (2008) AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    2 November 1942 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    Western DesertNorth Africa AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt AWMM I. A. 3. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Whakarewarewa, Te Hokowhitu-a-tu Memorial Gateway, Rotorua AWMM

Roll of Honour

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  • My grandmother, 'Nanny Mac', is your sister, Matiria.
    I have seen photos of my Nan in her younger days and she was beautiful and had beautiful, long hair.
    I have been told of how you loved her long hair and that before you left for the war, you asked her to 'not cut her hair.' You never did return from the war and I want you to know that Nan didn't cut her hair and she kept it long for you. She only cut her hair when Nanny Lena died around 1970.
    The aroha between you and my Nan still resonates to our hearts even to this day.
    Lee-Michaele xxx
    Public - Lee-Michaele - Direct descendant - 25 April 2020
  • Your photo hung on the wall all of our childhood. Our Mum, your sister Matiria, loved you so much & treasured your letters. You called her the nickname, ' Marj'.
    I'm sorry we never got to meet you in person but our whanau never forget you.
    My eldest son is named after you.
    From your niece,
    (Matiria's daughter)
    Public - Lee - Other relative - 25 April 2020
  • He tätai whetü ki te rangi mau tonu mau tonu mau tonu, he tätai tangata ki te whenua ngaro noa ngaro noa ngaro noa. Nä reira moe mai rä kei taku mötoi kahurangi, e kore te pümahara e rehu ki te pö.
    Public - stacye - Other Relative - 24 April 2015



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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
    • Soutar, M. (2008). Nga tama toa = The price of citizenship : C Company 28 (Maori) Battalion 1939-1945. Albany, N.Z.: David Bateman. 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 187 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
03 March 2021NgaioWellingtonOther relative
25 April 2020Lee-Michaele Gisborne NZDirect descendant
25 April 2020LeeGisborne, New ZealandOther relative
24 April 2015stacyeManaia, CoromandelOther Relative

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