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Raniera Dan Pohatu

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Raniera Dan AWMM
  • Surname
    Pohatu AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Raniera AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 814941 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
    b. 1922 Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 30 July 2023 -
  • Place of birth
    Manutuke, Gisborne Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 30 July 2023 -
  • Birth notes
    Son of Haiuti and Miriama Pohatu, of Manutuke, Gisborne Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 30 July 2023 -
  • Address before enlistment
    Public Works Department Camp, Mungaroa, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs M. Pohatu (mother), Manutuke, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 21 Feb 1944-31 March 1944 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 814941 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 Labourer/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on 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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  • Listed on the Nominal Roll 13 and CWGC as Dan and as Raniera Dan Pohatu in Soutar (2008) AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    15 December 1944 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    ItalyEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Forli War Cemetery, Italy AWMM V, B, 18. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Pohatu. —In loving memory of my dear son, Pte. Dan Pohatu, who was killed in action at Faenza, December 15 1944.
    Deep in’ my heart a memory is kept,
    Of the one I love and shall never forget.
    —Always remembered by his mother.
    Pohatu, Pte. Dan. — In loving memory of Dan, killed in action at Faenza, December 15, 1944.
    You’re not forgotten, dear Dan,
    Nor will you ever be,
    As long as life and memory last,
    We will remember thee.
    — Inserted by his brother and sister-in-law, Joss and Juliet Carroll. Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 30 July 2023 - ROLL OF HONOUR IN MEMORIAM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Gisborne First World War Memorial, The Esplanade, Kaiti, Gisborne AWMM

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  • E pa, I never had the opportunity to meet you but visited your grave October 2010. It was a very moving Occassion. So many many miles from home so very very young. On behalf of your nephew's (my late dad who served in Korea) whanau - thank you for your ultimate sacrifice for the citizens of the free world. Moe mai e Te rangatira.
    Public - Meka - Direct descendant - 27 September 2016



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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
      Different portrait published in Soutar (2008) AWMM
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 13 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1944 to 31st March, 1944). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 13: WW2 100 AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
30 July 2023Lorraine Mona Gisborne Researcher
11 November 2022Lorraine MonaGisborneResearcher
18 December 2021Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
27 September 2016MekaHastingsDirect descendant

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