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Ra Wairau

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  • Service number
    16/53 AWMM
  • Also known as
    Rawhira Wairau AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • 1st NZ Maori Contingent Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 6 February 2016 - Military record
  • Last rank
    WW1 Private AWMM
    New Zealand Maori Contingent AWMM
  • War
    World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories Panel Wainwright, F. - Walker, C.L. (photo J Halpin 2010) - No known copyright restrictions
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Identity

  • Title
    • Private Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 6 February 2016 - Military record
  • Forenames
    Ra AWMM
  • Surname
    Wairau AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Rawhira Wairau AWMM
  • Service number
    16/53 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    Church of England Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 6 February 2016 - Military record

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    23 June 1894 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 6 February 2016 - Military record
  • Place of birth
    Muriwai, Gisborne Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 6 February 2016 - Military record
  • Birth notes
  • Occupation before enlistment
    • Labourer for G H Black of Muriwai Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 6 February 2016 - Military record
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown Muriwai, New Zealand AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Miss Wahati Wairau (sister), Mahia, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 14 Feb 1915 Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
  • Campaign
    Egyptian - Gallipoli Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 6 February 2016 - Military record
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • 1st NZ Maori Contingent Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 6 February 2016 - Military record
  • Service number
    16/53 AWMM
  • Military service
    Oct 1914 - Sept 1915 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 6 February 2016 - Military record
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    1914-1915 Star
    British War Medals
    Plaque & Scroll # 513497 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 6 February 2016 - Military record

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    • WW1 Unknown AWMM
      Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
    • 14 Oct 1914 at Gisborne Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 6 February 2016 - Military Record
  • Age on enlistment
    • 20yrs Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 6 February 2016 - Military Record

Embarkations

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  • Embarkation details
    WW1 14 Feb 1915-26 March 1915 AWMM from Wellington, New Zealand AWMM to Suez, Egypt AWMM HMNZT 20 AWMM
    Vessel was Warrimoo AWMM
    Private AWMM
    B Company AWMM
    1st Maori Contingent AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    WW1 Private AWMM
    New Zealand Maori Contingent AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Son of Ra and Wahati Wairau, of Opoutama, Hawkes Bay.

      Brother of Paihau, of Opoutama, Hawkes Bay, and Raniera, who died of disease on 30 October 1916, en route to England from France.

      From the spring of 1915, the hospitals and convalescent depots established on the islands of Malta and Gozo dealt with over 135,000 sick and wounded, chiefly from the campaigns in Gallipoli and Salonika, although increased submarine activity in the Mediterranean meant that fewer hospital ships were sent to the island from May 1917. AWMM
    • Private Ra Wairau 16/53 1st New Zealand Maori Battalion, B Company, was born in Muriwai, New Zealand on 23 June 1894, his recorded next of kin was his sister Wahati Wairau, Mahia, Hawkes Bay. His brother was Ramiera Wairau who was also died of wounds 30 Oct 1916 in England
      He left Wellington, New Zealand on HMNZT 20 (‘Warrimoo') with the 1st Maori (515 troops) on 14 February 1915 and disembarked Suez 26 March 1915.
      - On 6 August 1915 Ra was sent to hospital at Anzac suffering from a gunshot wound to the head resulting in a severe compound fracture of the skill. SS Itonus transported him from Anzac Cove firstly to Imbros on 13 August 1915 and then on to Malta. His condition at Malta initially was described on 22 August 1915 as "dangerously ill" and then on 8 September 1915 as "out of danger." However, by the 10 September 1915 he was described again as "dangerously ill" and on 11 September 1915 he died of wounds received in action. He was buried the same day by Chap E E Smith at Pieta Cemetery Malta No 4 Row 10B.
      - As his sister had died, his brother Paihau received his service medals.

      Ra was also 21 years old when he died, 11 months before Ramiera Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 6 February 2016 - http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=42907619
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Death

About death

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  • Age at death
  • Date of death
    11 September 1915 AWMM
  • Cause of death
    Died of wounds AWMM
  • Place of death
  • Death notes
    Malta to Gallipoli AWMM
  • Cemetery name
    Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta AWMM
  • Grave reference
    B.X.4. AWMM
  • Memorial name
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • St Mary's Church Memorial Board, Tikitiki near Rangitukia, East Coast, New Zealand AWMM
  • Memorial reference
  • Obituary
    WAIRAU Ra. Private, 16/53 New Zealand. Maori Contingent. Died 11th September 1915, from wounds he received at Gallipoli. He was the brother of Mr. Paihau Wairau, of Opoutama, New Zealand. His army record shows that he was shot in the head at Anzac 6th August 1915 and was transferred to Malta on the 14th August. He died on the 6th August and was buried by Chaplain E E Smith at Pieta Military Cemetery, the same day. At rest in Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta. Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 6 February 2016 - http://www.militaryimages.net/media/thomas-j-newson-ra-wairau-cecil-h-ellison.90433/

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  • You may lay thousand miles from your kainga and whenua but you are always remembered, the ultimate sacrifice your life for your country. You will never be forgotten sincere love from your Wairau whanau in Wairoa and your homeland Mahia.
    Public - Sharlene - Other Relative - 11 September 2015

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11 May 2017WarrenWellington, New ZealandOther relative
11 September 2015SharleneWairoa, Hawkes BayOther Relative