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Sonny Rewi

Portrait from The Weekly News; 13 August 1941 - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait from The Weekly News; 13 August 1941 - This image may be subject to copyright


Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Murupara, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs T.A. Rewi (mother), Murupara, 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
    39243 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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    • Son of Amokura Rewi, of Muruoara [sic], Auckland, New Zealand. AWMM
      Ngati Manawa and Ngati Haka Patuheuheu Iwi Public - Valerie - Direct descendant - 24 April 2020 - Koro
    • Ngati Manawa / Ngati Whare - Uncle Public - Prudence Bridget Hera - Other relative - 24 April 2024 - Dads brother
    • Ngati Manawa / Ngati Whare -correction: grandfather's brother Public - Pru Bridget Hera - 24 April 2024 - papers
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About death

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  • Death
    27 May 1941 AWMM
    Age 30 AWMM
    CreteGreece AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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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

Roll of Honour

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  • E kore rātou e kaumātuatia

    Pēnei i a tātou kua mahue nei

    E kore hoki rātou e ngoikore

    Ahakoa pehea i ngā āhuatanga o te wā

    I te hekenga atu o te rā

    Tae noa ki te aranga mai i te ata

    Ka maumahara tonu tātou ki a rātou

    Ka maumahara tonu tātou ki a rātou.

    They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

    Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

    At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,

    We will remember them

    We will remember them
    Public - Jo-Ann - Direct descendant - 24 April 2020
  • E kore koe e wareware i tō whānau kua mahue iho nei.

    He puna aroha e kore e mimiti, e kore e maroke. Kia au tonu te moe, e Koro.

    Aroha nunui, nā ō mokopuna tokomaha Xx
    Public - Merirangi - Other relative - 24 April 2020
  • Koro Sonny we think of you often, we see so many of the mokopuna in you ❤
    Until we meet again Koro
    Ngati Manawa
    Ngati Haka Patuheuheu
    Te Houhi
    Te Whaiti
    Public - Valerie - Direct descendant - 24 April 2020
  • Sonny Te Toroa Rewi.

    Beloved brother of Muturangi Karito Howden. Loved Koro to many. Know that your legacy will live on. Rest in love, peace and in the arms of Granny.

    Ngā whānau katoa o Muturangi rāua ko Tuhi Howden
    Public - Puhi - Direct descendant - 21 April 2020
  • Only a month till you anniversary from when you taken away from this world. Koro Sonny may you Rest in Peace and thank you for what you and your comrades have given to not just us (your whanau) but the rest of Aotearoa. Thank you for making who I am today xoxox May you rest in peace. "Lest we Forget" Patricia Urupare Gordon (Nee Rewi)
    Public - Patricia - Other Relative - 26 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
    • 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. 2 (Embarkations to 30th June, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 2: WW2 156 AWMM
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM


Command item
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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
24 April 2024Pru Bridget HeraTe AwamutuOther
24 April 2024Prudence Bridget HeraTe Awamutu, NZOther relative
24 April 2020Jo-AnnMuruparaDirect descendant
24 April 2020Merirangi MuruparaOther relative
24 April 2020Valerie Murupara Direct descendant

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