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.