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Full Name
Te Whata Iraia
Rank Last Held
Private
Forename(s)
Te Whata
Surname
Iraia
Also Known As
W. Iraia
War
World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.
39353
Gender
Male
First Known Rank
Private
Occupation before Enlistment
Steelworker
Next of Kin
Mr Dave Iraia (brother), Waimamaru, Hokianga, New Zealand
Marital Status
Single
Enlistment Address
20 Edenvale Rd. Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand
Military District
Auckland
Body on Embarkation
Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF), 2nd Echelon
Embarkation Unit
28 (Maori) Battalion
Nominal Roll Number
WW2 2
Page on Nominal Roll
WW2 94
Campaigns
  • Western Desert
  • Greece
  • Crete
Last Unit Served
28 (Maori) Battalion
Place of Death
Western Desert
Date of Death
16 December 1941
Age at Death
35
Year of Death
1941
Cause of Death
Killed in action
Memorial Name
  • Alamein Memorial, El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories
  • Hokianga Arch of Remembrance, Kohukohu, Hokianga, New Zealand
Memorial Reference
Column 103.
Biographical Notes
  • Te Whata Iraia was the son of Rewi Iraia Mu and Kare Rewi Iraia, of Waimamaku, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Private Iraia, who was well known in Hokianga sporting circles, left New Zealand with the 2nd Echelon and saw service in Greece and Crete. He was killed in action in Libya .
Description of Image
  • Portrait Northland roll of honour and servicemen of WW II [electronic resource]. (2002)
  • Hokianga Arch of Remembrance, Kohukohu, World War 2 Roll of Honour, names: Arona - Moa (supplied by G.A. Fortune in 2008.)
  • Hokianga Arch of Remembrance, Kohukohu (supplied by G.A. Fortune in 2008.)
Additional Information
  • Listed as W. Iraia on the Hokianga Memorial
  • Next of kin details compiled from information in the Casualty lists published in the newspapers.
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 http://www.cwgc.org
  • Northland roll of honour and servicemen of WW II [electronic resource]. (2002). Whangarei, Returned Services Association.

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