March 23, 2015
Battalion veteran had dignity
Te Arawa Lakes Trust chair Sir Toby Curtis says the late Arthur Wihiri Midwood was a man of tremendous dignity
Mr Midwood died on Sunday in Taupo at the age of 96.
He was the last of the thirtyniners, the first intake into the 28 Maori Battalion.
He was injured in both Crete and North Africa, but only spoke of his injuries in a recent interview.
Sir Toby says he was highly regarded by the iwi not only for his own service but as a representative of that generation.
"If there was a person who suffered the pain of war it was Arthur Midwood and you would never have thought he was in any way injured or shot because he saw his role as one that hopefully the future generations would benefit as a result of their participation in the war way back in those early years," he says.
Arthur Midwood’s funeral service is at 11 tomorrow at Tunohopu Marae in Ohinemutu.
FOR THE FULL INTERVIEW WITH SIR TOBY CURTIS CLICK ON THE LINK
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