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WHAT’S IN A
NAME?
28TH Maori Battalion work Task 5.
By Samantha Fitzgerald 8RO
 The nickname given to the soldiers
in A company were Gum Diggers
because of their long history of
Kauri digging in the north.
WHAT NICKNAME WAS
GIVEN TO SOLDIERS
WHO WERE IN A
COMPANY?
Map showing battalion company boundaries.
MEMBERS OF WHICH
COMPANY WERE KNOW
AS THE COWBOYS?
 The Company which was
known as the Cowboys were
the C Company because of the
common use of horses as
transport.
German paratroopers over Crete.
 If you came from the
South Island you would
be in the D Company,
which covered the whole
of the South Island and
the remainder of the
North Island, including
Waikato, Taranaki,
Manawatū and Wairarapa
IF YOU CAME FROM THE SOUTH ISLAND
WHICH COMPANY WOULD YOU BELONG
TO?
IF YOUR IWI WAS NGATI WHATUA
WHICH COMPANY WERE YOU MOST
LIKELY TO JOIN?
 The Company that you
would most likely to
chose is the A
Company.
Bren Gun Carriers advance near Rimini.
 The Company who
were called the ‘Odds
and Sods’ was the
Headquarters (HQ)
Company because its
diverse origins and
roles.
Soldiers training in the Western Desert, Egypt.
WHO WERE KNOWN AS THE
ODDS AND SODS?
Which Company would men
from your area be most
likely to have joined?
 Men from this area would
join the D Company as it
is the whole of the South
Island.
Winston Churchill, with Lieutenant-Colonel
Dittmer at his side, watches D Company's 16
Platoon march past in England in 1940.
Troopship Aquitania sails from
Wellington, 1940.
 The company known as
the Foreign Legion or
the Ngāti Walkabout is
the D Company
Which Company was
referred to as the Foreign
Legion or Ngāti
Walkabout?
 I think that that’s the nickname
foreign Legion was given to the
South Island as no one had really
known what it is like. I think that
the Ngāti Walkabout nickname
for all the left over regions left in
the North Island like they were
leftovers in a way.
Takrouna Cemetery, 1943
Why do you think this
Company was given these
particular nicknames?
Men from Ngāti Maniapoto were most
likely to have joined which Company?
• I think that men that come
from Ngāti Maniapoto will
most likely of joined D
Company.

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