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Full Name
Skinner Arena
Rank Last Held
Private
Forename(s)
Skinner
Surname
Arena
War
World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.
68504
Gender
Male
First Known Rank
Private
Occupation before Enlistment
Quarryman
Next of Kin
Mrs H.K. Arena (wife), Pakotai, Whangarei, North Auckland, New Zealand
Marital Status
Married
Enlistment Address
Waikiekie Lime Works, Private Bag, Whangarei, North Auckland, New Zealand
Body on Embarkation
Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF), 9th Reinforcements
Embarkation Unit
28 (Maori) Battalion
Embarkation Date
1943
Nominal Roll Number
WW2 11
Page on Nominal Roll
WW2 6
Campaigns
Rimini
Last Unit Served
28 (Maori) Battalion
Place of Death
Faenza, Italy
Date of Death
11 May 1945
Age at Death
39
Year of Death
1945
Cemetery Name
Padua War Cemetery, Italy
Grave Reference
III. A. 13.
Memorial Name
Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories
Biographical Notes
  • Son of Arena Teawa and Tarati Arena Teawa, of Pakotai; husband of Heni Kina Arena, of Tangiteroria.
  • Born at Pakotai, Private Arena was educated at the Kaikohe Native School where he began to take a keen interest in football. Later he played for various clubs throughout the North. In 1936 he was a member of the Kia Toa football team and had represented Bay of Islands.
  • Previous to enlisting he was employed by the Waikiekie Lime Company.
  • He was survived by his wife, three daughters and two sons.
Description of Image
Portrait, Northland roll of honour and servicemen of WW II
Further References
Sources Used
  • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll No. 11 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1943 to 30th June, 1943)
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL: http://www.cwgc.org
  • Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139.
  • Northland roll of honour and servicemen of WW II [electronic resource]. (2002). Whangarei, Returned Services Association.

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