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Roger Ingram Dansey

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  • Service number
    16/317 AWMM
  • Also known as
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • 1st NZ Maori Contingent Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 28 March 2016 - Military Record
    • and NZ Maori Pioneer Btn 9th Reinforcements Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 28 March 2016 - Military Record
  • Last rank
  • War
Nominal Roll Vol 1, Page: 173. The first two entries on this page represent the one person. Jack Daniel served first in Samoa, and reenlisted the following year. - No known copyright restrictions
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Roger Ingram AWMM
  • Surname
    Dansey AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    16/317 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
    Te Arawa AWMM
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1885 AWMM OhinemutuRotorua AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
    Roger Delamere Dansey, a postmaster, and his wife, Wikitoria Ngamihi Kahuao Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 28 March 2016 - Research
  • Address before enlistment
    • Unknown AWMM Selkirk Street, Roslyn, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
    • Unknown AWMM Unknown address AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mrs Daisy Sarah Dansey (wife), Selkirk Street, Roslyn, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs D.S. Dansey (wife), Selkirk Street, Roslyn, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 14 February 1915 AWMM Married AWMM
    • Pre 14 January 1916 AWMM Married AWMM
    • 1912 married Sarah Millar Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 28 March 2016 - Research

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Egyptian - Gallipoli, Egyptian EF & Western European Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 28 March 2016 - Military Record
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • 1st NZ Maori Contingent Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 28 March 2016 - Military Record
    • and NZ Maori Pioneer Btn 9th Reinforcements Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 28 March 2016 - Military Record
  • Service number
    16/317 AWMM
  • Military service
    1914-1919; Post WWWI: NZ Territorial's Officer Reserves Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 28 March 2016 - Military Record
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    1914-1915 Star
    British War medal
    Victory Medal
    Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) awarded Apr 1919: Specially Mentioned in Despatches by Sir Douglas Haig for distinguished & Gallant service & devotion to duty during the period 16 Sep 1918 to 15 March 1919 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 28 March 2016 - Military Record

Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Liberation date
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Medical history

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Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    Major Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 28 March 2016 - Military Record

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Bother of Harry Delamere Dansey (16/1017)

      Rugby representative Maori All Blacks 1910, 1911

      Promoted to Captain 1915

      Instrumental in rushing the trenches in the battle of Sari Bair at Gallipoli

      Together with Captain Pirimi Tahiwi apparently introduced the haka 'Ka mate, ka mate, ka ora, ka ora' on the Gallipoli hills

      Wife's name recorded as Sarah Daisy Millar AWMM
    • Roger Dansey left Rotorua for his secondary schooling, completing his education at Christ's College, Christchurch, in 1902, after which he became apprenticed for six years to a Dunedin engineering firm, John McGregor and Company. He then studied engineering at the University of Otago. His sporting ability earned him a place in the New Zealand Universities rugby team to tour Australia, and he became both an Otago and a South Island representative. He played for the Maori All Blacks in 1910 and 1911. Harry had been an athletics champion at high school and captain of the Canterbury College rugby team in 1899.

      On 18 January 1912 Roger Dansey married Sarah Daisy Millar at Dunedin and commenced a new career as manager of the Oban Hotel. Their only child, Roger Delamere Tahere, was born in December of that year. The family then moved to Wellington where Roger took control of a Lower Hutt hotel, remaining there until the outbreak of war in Europe in 1914.

      Roger sailed for Egypt in February 1915, as an officer in the Maori Contingent of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. After a week at El Zeitûn camp near Cairo he was detailed for garrison duty at Ghajn Tuffieha camp, Malta. A popular officer and natural leader, he was promoted to captain in October 1915. He was instrumental in the rushing of the trenches in the battle of Sari Bair at Gallipoli, and together with Captain Pirimi Tahiwi introduced the haka 'Ka mate, ka mate, ka ora, ka ora' on the Gallipoli hills.

      Invalided to England after being gassed during the fighting on the Somme, in January 1917 Roger Dansey was given the responsibility of organising light railway operations in France. In December he was promoted to major. He was to remain overseas for nearly nine years after the war ended, assisting in the rehabilitation of Belgium.
      Returning to New Zealand around 1927, Roger Dansey, with his wife and son, settled in Rotorua, where he was appointed welfare and unemployment officer of the Native Department. Poor health obliged him to take early retirement in 1935. He assumed a very active civic role. The personality he brought to the Rotorua Borough Council's Publicity and Amusement Committee and the organisation of the town's Christmas and New Year celebrations ensured his public prominence.

      Roger Dansey died in Rotorua on 13 August 1938. The lasting effects of his war injuries had contributed to his early death. He is buried at the Muruika cemetery behind St Faith's Church at Ohinemutu, alongside his brothers Harry and George, and their Te Arawa kinsmen with whom they had served in Gallipoli and in France. Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 28 March 2016 - http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/3d2/dansey-harry-delamere
    • Dansey was one of 3 Maori officers from the Pioneers sent back to NZ is disgrace for serious misconduct at Gallipoli. Public - Graeme - Researcher - 6 April 2015 - NZ History (On line)Maori Units of the NZEF, page 3 ,Pioneer Battalion(at Gallipoli .
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Death

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  • Death
    1938 AWMM
  • Date of death
    13 August 1938 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 28 March 2016 - BMD NZ Records & http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/3d2/dansey-harry-delamere
  • Age at death
    53yrs Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 28 March 2016 - BMD NZ Records & http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/3d2/dansey-harry-delamere
  • Place of death
    Rotorua, NZ Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 28 March 2016 - BMD NZ Records & http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/3d2/dansey-harry-delamere
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
    the Muruika cemetery behind St Faith's Church at Ohinemutu Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 28 March 2016 - BMD NZ Records & http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/3d2/dansey-harry-delamere
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