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Peter Frederick Te Heu Heu Ornberg

Portrait, from The Weekly News; 12 July 1944 - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, from The Weekly News; 12 July 1944 - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Peter Frederick Te Heu Heu AWMM
  • Surname
    Ornberg AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Heuheu AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 62556 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
    Te Arawa AWMM
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    2 April 1919 AWMM New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Raumati Beach, Paraparaumu, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs A.A. Ornberg (mother), Paraparaumu, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 62556 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Military Cross (MC) AWMM
      3 August 1944 AWMM
      In the renewed attack on Cassino on the night 19/20 March Capt. Ornberg took over from his company commander who had been wounded, and during the remained of the operation he displayed outstanding coolness and bravery. He personally led and encouraged his men in the attack, was always in the forefront of the battle and despite heavy machine-gun fire he pushed on and was instrumental in clearing out machine-gun and several snipers who had been taking a heavy toll of his men during the day. It was his own personal example and disregard of danger that so encouraged his men, and when the position was stabilised he visited all posts under heavy short range machine-gun fire. When the company on his left flank lost most of it's officers Capt. Ornberg took charge of the whole situation and co-ordinated the defences. His behaviour and bravery under fire were an inspiration to his men. (London Gazette 3/8/1944 (I)) The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Ornberg, Peter Frederick Te Heuheu. (Ref. WO 373/7/83). Military Cross. AWMM
    • Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Clerk 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
    Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Peter Ornberg was the son of Aage Peter Ornberg and Agnes Takorea Ornberg (nee Grace) of Raumati Beach, Wellington, New Zealand.

    Capt P. F. Te H. Ornberg, MC, MID; born NZ 2 Apr 1919; clerk; wounded 20 Apr 1943; died of wounds 30 May 1944. (Source: Cody, J.F. 28 Maori Battalion. p.292.) AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    30 May 1944 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    ItalyEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Naples War Cemetery, Italy AWMM I. R. 1. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • I flew to Rome,Italy,then traveled by train to Naples to see you,my Uncle. What a beautiful place is Naples War Cemetary.i was very moved at your grave,I had afew tears,thinking of your life cut short,how beautiful NZ is, that you gave your ALL for it. I think of your Mother,my granny,how she cried when she learned of ur death but at least she had 2 sons coming home. Thank you for you're sacrifice Uncle Peter.♡♡♡
    Public - Marcele Ann - Child - 24 April 2020
  • This is my grandfather's brother. His name is Peter Frederick Te Heuheu Ornberg.
    Public - David James - Direct descendant - 4 September 2016



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  • External links
  • References
    • The Weekly News AWMM
      The Weekly News 1944 AWMM
    • Gardiner, W. (2019). Ake ake kia kaha e! : Forever brave! : B Company 28 (Maori) Battalion, 1939-1945. Auckland : Bateman Books. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1942). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 5 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1941 to 30 September, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 5: WW2 161 AWMM
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.229, 257, 292, 297-8, 318, 328, 381. AWMM
    • Ross, A. (1959). 23 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.264. AWMM
    • Phillips, N.C. (1957). Italy. Volume 1 : The Sangro to Cassino. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.111. AWMM
    • Stevens, W.G. (1962). Bardia to Enfidaville. Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch, Wellington, N.Z. AWMM
      pp.318, 326. AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
24 April 2020Marcele AnnLevin. New ZealandChild
04 September 2016David JamesNew Zealand Direct descendant

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