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Full Name
Hira Edmonds
Rank Last Held
Corporal
Forename(s)
Hira
Surname
Edmonds
War
World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.
65341
Gender
Male
First Known Rank
Sergeant
Occupation before Enlistment
Bushman
Next of Kin
Mrs F.E. Edmonds (wife), C/o Mrs Dickey, Old Wairoa Road, Papakura, Auckland, New Zealand
Marital Status
Married, 3 children
Enlistment Address
Ngawha, North Auckland, New Zealand
Military District
Whangarei
Body on Embarkation
Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF)
Embarkation Unit
28 (Maori) Battalion
Nominal Roll Number
WW2 9
Page on Nominal Roll
WW2 121
Campaigns
Italy
Last Unit Served
28 (Maori) Battalion
Place of Death
Italy
Date of Death
24 December 1943
Age at Death
26
Year of Death
1943
Cause of Death
Killed in action
Cemetery Name
Moro River Canadian War Cemetery, Italy
Grave Reference
Collective. grave XIII. A. 2-5.
Memorial Name
Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories
Biographical Notes
  • Son of Thomas and Ella Edmonds; husband of Frances Edmonds, of Kaikohe
  • Was born and educated at Ngawha. Was a prominent local rugby footballer, playing as a Bay of Islands representative in the same team in which his brother and father, Mr Tom Edmonds, played
  • He left New Zealand in December 1942 and fought in the Tunisian battle. His death occurred on the Eighth Army front in Italy. He left a wife, Mrs R. Edmonds and three small children, including twin boys.
Description of Image
  • Portrait
  • Portrait, Northland roll of honour and servicemen of WW II
Further References
Sources Used
  • Northland roll of honour and servicemen of WW II [electronic resource]. (2002). Whangarei, Returned Services Association.
  • Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139.
  • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll No. 9 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1942 to 31st December, 1942)

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