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Willie Awa Ratahi

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Willie Awa AWMM
  • Surname
    Ratahi AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    65248 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
    • Iwi Māori AWMM
    • Ngāti Awa Public - Enid - Direct descendant - 24 April 2020 - Whakapapa Records Te Runanga o Ngati Awa
  • Hapū
    Ngai Taiwhakaea Public - Enid - Direct descendant - 24 April 2020 - Whakapapa Records Te Runanga o Ngati Awa
  • Waka
    Mataatua AWMM
  • Rohe
    Ngāti Awa Public - Enid - Direct descendant - 24 April 2020 - Whakapapa Records Te Runanga o Ngati Awa
  • Religion
    Ringatu Public - Enid - Direct descendant - 24 April 2020 - Whanau Records

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Poroporo, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs M. Ratahi (mother), Poroporo, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    65248 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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  • Willie Ratahi was the son of Awa and Moerangi Ratahi of Whakatane. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    20 April 1943 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    TunisiaNorth Africa AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Enfidaville War Cemetery, Tunisia AWMM VII.A.8 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

Roll of Honour

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Leave a note

Leave a tribute or memory of Willie Awa Ratahi

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  • 23 April 2021
    Another year has flown by and today we remembered you and others who gave their lives with the babies and tamariki from Te Waipuna Ariki o Matangireia. We listened to the last post and called your name and remembered you who gave your life so others could be free.
    Kei te mihi kia koe toku tipuna kei raro I te mana o Tumateuenga

    Your niece and whanau
    Public - Enid - Direct descendant - 23 April 2021
  • Today 24 April 2020 we would have been there with you. Reciting our karakia, singing our waiata and experiencing the landscape that has now become your home. I am so pouri that we are unable to walk the whenua you now rest within and meet the people who now take care of you but COVID 19 will not stop us next year koro. We will remember you and your sacrifice today and everyday. Haere harere haere atu ra koro.

    nga mokopuna Enid Ratahi-Pryor
    Public - Enid - Direct descendant - 24 April 2020
  • Moe mai ra e Willie,

    Thank you for your service e koro, a brave man and a brave soldier.

    I do not carry the same last name, however my mothers maiden name is Ratahi and I am very much affiliated with the whanau no Ngati awa, Whakatane.

    Nga mihi e te whanau,

    Awanuiarangi Morris
  • Kia ora Koro Willie ...You do not know me by name and we have not met face to face but we are connected through bloodlines as My Koro Tane i believe is your brother ....You are so handsome koro and you died at an early age the pain and heartache that my great grand mother Moerangi had to go through would have been unbearable!when i found this site and came across you my heart sank you xxoo
    Public - TONI-JEAN - Direct descendant - 5 September 2016
  • E kore koe e warewaretia, Na Jaydus Te Rore (e 5 oku tau)
    Public - Jaydus - Other relative - 19 May 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
    • 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. (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 292 AWMM
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
12 June 2022Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
23 April 2021EnidWhakataneDirect descendant
24 April 2020EnidWHAKATANEDirect descendant
05 September 2016TONI-JEANAUCKLANDDirect descendant
19 May 2016JaydusGisborneOther relative

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