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Peta Haenga Pokai

Portrait from The Weekly News; 9 July 1941 - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait from The Weekly News; 9 July 1941 - This image may be subject to copyright

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Peta Haenga AWMM
  • Surname
    Pokai AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    39787 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 Ruatoria, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr D. Johnston (brother-in-law), Ruatoria, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1941 Crete AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    39787 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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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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Death

About death

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  • Death
    23 May 1941 AWMM
    Age 27 AWMM
    CreteGreece AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Pokai. —ln proud and loving memory of Pte. Peta Haenga Pokai, killed in action in Crete, May 23, 1941. What destiny was his, he did not know.
    He did not ask, for asking names a fate
    He went where duty summoned him to go.
    And swept undaunted up to Heaven’s gate.
    Loved and remembered always, by his loving sisters and brother, Ruatoria. Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 30 July 2023 - IN MEMORIAM.
    GISBORNE HERALD, VOLUME LXX, ISSUE 21105, 27 MAY 1943, PAGE 1
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    • Athens Memorial, Phaleron War Cemetery, Athens, Greece AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Gisborne First World War Memorial, The Esplanade, Kaiti, Gisborne AWMM
    • MONUMENT UNVEILED at Taumata-o-Mihi, Ruatoria
      “EVERGREEN MEMORY” at RUATORIA, in honour of three soldiers of the POKAI Family Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 31 July 2023 - MONUMENT UNVEILED
      GISBORNE HERALD, VOLUME LXXII, ISSUE 21665, 17 MARCH 1945, PAGE 4

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Sources

Sources

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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
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 2 (Embarkations to 30th June, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 2: WW2 150 AWMM

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31 July 2023Lorraine Mona Gisborne Researcher
01 January 2016Lorraine MGisborne, NZResearcher

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