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Human Interest - Local
Written by Lindy Laird, The Northern Advocate   
Monday, 25 June 2012
LEST WE FORGET: Bill Pitman attending a pre-Anzac Day service at Te Kura o Rawhitiroa school, Tikipunga, in 2009 when he was National President of the 28th Maori Battalion.

Bill Pitman, a respected Ngunguru kaumatua, community member and former soldier with the famed, feared and revered 28th Maori Batallion, has died.

William Ratahi Pitman died peacefully on June 21. His funeral and burial will be at Ngunguru Marae today.

He was the husband of the late Te Rapu Tui (Sis), father of four and grandfather of 13.

In his 90s when he died, Mr Pitman's long lasting involvement with the 28th Maori Battalion Association included being a past president.

He served in Italy and North Africa in World War II.

Mr Pitman lived at and was much involved with Ngunguru Marae all his life. A member of the RSA, he took pride in his role as a mentor to young Maori.

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