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Full Name
Eruera Dennis Hamon
Rank Last Held
Eruera Dennis
World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.
Te Aitanga a Mahaki
Nga Potiki
Date of Birth
8 February 1920
Place of Birth
Te Karaka, Gisborne, New Zealand
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
First Known Rank
Occupation before Enlistment
Next of Kin
Mr Henare Hamon (father), 10 Waverley Street, Gisborne, New Zealand
Marital Status
Enlistment Address
10 Waverley Street, Gisborne, New Zealand
Physical Description
  • Height: 5 foot 11 inches
  • Complexion: half caste
  • Hair: Black
  • Eyes: brown
Enlistment Date
30 December 1939
Age on Enlistment
Military District
Body on Embarkation
Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF), 2nd Echelon
Embarkation Unit
28 (Maori) Battalion
Embarkation Date
1 May 1940
Nominal Roll Number
WW2 2
Page on Nominal Roll
WW2 78
Western Desert
Military Awards
  • 1939-1945 Star
  • Africa Star
  • Defence Medal
  • War Medal 1939-1945
  • New Zealand War Service Medal
Last Unit Served
28 (Maori) Battalion
Place of Death
Western Desert
Date of Death
30 November 1941
Age at Death
Year of Death
Cause of Death
Died of wounds
Cemetery Name
Halfaya Sollum War Cemetery, Egypt
Grave Reference
Memorial Name
Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories
Biographical Notes
  • Eruera Hamon was the son of Henare Hamon and Riria Hamon (nee Sawyer), of Gisborne, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Entered Camp 26 January 1940, embarked 1 may 1940 for Scotland and arrived in Egypt 4 march 1941
  • Wounded in action between 18 and 30 November 1941
  • He sketched "Spirit of the bayonet" as part of a 2 NZEF art competition and a copy is held by the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Additional Information
  • Armoury file
  • Changed birthdate to enlist, 8 February 1918 is incorrect
  • 28 (Maori) Battalion, Main Body
Further References
Sources Used
  • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll No. 2 (Embarkations to 30th June, 1940)
  • Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139.
  • CommonwealthWar Graves Commission URL
  • Military Service Record
  • Unpublished papers: correspondence with family
  • Soutar, M. (2008). Nga tama toa = The price of citizenship : C Company 28 (Maori) Battalion 1939-1945. Albany, N.Z.: David Bateman.

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