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Harold Ruha Ngarimu

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Harold Ruha AWMM
  • Surname
    Ngarimu AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Harold Ruha AWMM
  • Service number
    65430 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    12 July 1919 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Mokai, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs M. Ruha (mother), Mokai, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    65430 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    22 July 1943 AWMM
    In the attack on Takrouna on the night of 19/20 April 1943,L/Cpl. Ruha was a member of the party of nine men which attacked the fort crowning the village. During a counter-attack by the enemy some broke into the lodgement gained by the party. L/Cpl. Ruha immediately rallied the party around him and attacked fiercely. He was severely wounded but carried on until the situation was restored and the enemy destroyed. His conduct throughout the whole action and his complete disregard of danger was an inspiration to his comrades and of great assistance to his commander. (L.G. 22/7/1943) The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Ruha, Harold. (Ref. WO 373/25/472). Military Medal. 22 July 1943 AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Bushman/Civilian AWMM
    AWMM
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  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Enlisted as Harold Ruha

    Lance Sergeant H. Ruha, MM; born NZ 12 Jul 1919; bushman; wounded 21 Apr 1943; died of wouns 27 Mar 1944. (Source: Cody, J.F. 28 Maori Battalion. p.304.)

    'While the battalion passes an uneasy day under fire and 23 Battalion improves its position against counter-attack and support arms finally succeed in getting forward, Takrouna must claim our attention again.

    When the enemy realised that his observation post on Takrouna was lost, both the pinnacle and the ledge were subjected to fire of all types. It was kept up almost continuously during the day, and the events which follow must be pictured as occurring under a constant deluge of mortar and other shells. All the garrison found targets in Takrouna village and viciniy; Private Takurua found an enemy 2-inch mortar and six bombs which he delivered to the village, and Corporal Ruha, ensconced on the cupola of the mosque, picked out two of our captured 25-pounders and with his rifle prevented them not only from firing but also from being withdrawn to a safer position. Lance Sergeant H. Ruha, MM; born NZ 12 Jul 1919; bushman; wounded 21 Apr 1943; died of wounds 27 Mar 1944.
    ' (Source: Cody, J.F. 28 Maori Battalion. pp. 304.) AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    27 March 1944 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    ItalyEurope AWMM
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  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
    Cassino War Cemetery, Italy AWMM VI. G. 15. AWMM
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Memorials

Memorial

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    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Whakarewarewa, Te Hokowhitu-a-tu Memorial Gateway, Rotorua AWMM

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Sources

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    • Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139. AWMM
      Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139. 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 308 AWMM
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.299-300, 304. AWMM