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Manava Toa: Cook Islands personnel

Group photograph of Apu Tepuretu, Anthony Manuel, Augere Angene, Raitia Tepuretu on cannon. Image kindly provided by Tekau Framhein via Kees De Boer. Online Cenotaph - Auckland Musuem, Tāmaki Paenga Hira. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Group photograph of Apu Tepuretu, Anthony Manuel, Augere Angene, Raitia Tepuretu on cannon. Image kindly provided by Tekau Framhein via Kees De Boer. Online Cenotaph - Auckland Musuem, Tāmaki Paenga Hira. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Tūrou Tūrou `Oro Mai.

Close to 500 Cook Islanders fought for New Zealand in World War I. They served with distinction but suffered great loss. The story of the Cook Islands in the First World War is one of remarkable service and sacrifice. One of the smallest territories in the British Empire, it responded immediately to the call for service and eventually sent five contingents to the war (totaling close to 500 men). Recruited to reinforce the Maori Contingents, the islands' young men volunteered en masse at the outbreak of the war despite the risk of severe labour shortage and economic breakdown. 

During World War II the Cook Islands were a territory of New Zealand and served in the New Zealand Defence Force, the Cook Islands Local Defence Force and as Civilians in the Coastwatchers. 

The list is a work in progress. Please contact the Online Cenotaph team if you are aware of an individual of Cook Islands descent that is not represented on this list.

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PhotoFamily nameFirst namesForceWarsService # 
186324AbelaTamataArmyWorld War II, 1939-1945  
186343AbelaTeputoaArmyWorld War II, 1939-1945  
C29AdamKiro LukeArmyWorld War I, 1914-191816/1007 
C111194AerengaVainetutaiArmyWorld War I, 1914-191860768 
C111195AerengamateMarearaiArmyWorld War I, 1914-191860696 
179494AereruaMakiteiaaArmyWorld War I, 1914-191884569 
C34200Ah KewApongiArmyWorld War I, 1914-191819233 
C111196Ah SinSolomonArmyWorld War I, 1914-191860750 
186267AhiaoJamesArmyWorld War II, 1939-1945  
186282AhsinManaArmyWorld War II, 1939-1945  
C33967AiaiaAkateaArmyWorld War I, 1914-191816/1183 
186148AioHenryArmyWorld War II, 1939-1945  
C15445AkavaTapapaArmyWorld War I, 1914-191819239 
C111197AkeauTuakana AtamaArmyWorld War I, 1914-191860685 
C34202AkiEteke TeavaArmyWorld War I, 1914-191819232 
179495AloJohn WilliamArmyWorld War I, 1914-191884584 
186359AmaTupaiArmyWorld War II, 1939-1945  
C111198AmoaMareArmyWorld War I, 1914-191860699 
C111199AmupoeMetuaArmyWorld War I, 1914-191860691 
C111200AnaupouTematavaipunuArmyWorld War I, 1914-191860725 
C111201Aneru TukaraTautaArmyWorld War I, 1914-191860784 
C33976AngeneAngeneArmyWorld War I, 1914-1918, World War II, 1939-194516/1205 
186311AngunaPuiaArmyWorld War II, 1939-1945  
186319AngunaReviArmyWorld War II, 1939-1945  
C111202AnivaTauArmyWorld War I, 1914-191860683 
C365AnthonyManuelArmyWorld War I, 1914-191816/1182 
C33977ApaJohn TuaineArmyWorld War I, 1914-1918, World War II, 1939-194516/1321, 630769 
180553ApaKurarikiArmyWorld War I, 1914-191884516 
186338AperaTemataArmyWorld War II, 1939-1945  
C34203AperauJamArmyWorld War I, 1914-191819246 
186278AporoKotekaArmyWorld War II, 1939-1945  
186141ArapaiCharlieArmyWorld War II, 1939-1945  
C111203ArapaiPoriniArmyWorld War I, 1914-191860647 
180554ArataiKakinoArmyWorld War I, 1914-191884578 
186136ArikiAreArmyWorld War II, 1939-1945  
186368ArikiTamatoaArmyWorld War II, 1939-1945  
186174ArikiTutupuArmyWorld War II, 1939-1945  
197968AronaPetero RahiArmyMalayan Emergency, 1948-196038751 
180557AruakeKaArmyWorld War I, 1914-191884547 
186325ArumakiTangiArmyWorld War II, 1939-1945  
182987AtaA.ArmyWorld War I, 1914-1918  
C33978AtaataiviHarryArmyWorld War I, 1914-191816/1206 
179450AtaiKirikavaArmyWorld War I, 1914-191884546 
C37642AtamaWiremuArmyWorld War I, 1914-191816/691 
84670AtuaJohn BernardArmyBorneo Confrontation, 1963-1966, Vietnam War, 1961-1975, Indonesian Confrontation 1962-1966722409, C722409 
198998AtuaTamu TomArmyKorean War, 1950-1953593417 
C130149AtuaTe Atua Teieti TaukaiArmyKorean War, 1950-1953, Malaya, 1960-1964, Regular Military Service592973, 592973 
286690AukinoTupuaiMerchant NavyWorld War II, 1939-1945  
C34204AupiniKairengaArmyWorld War I, 1914-191819231 
C111204AupiniPakipakiArmyWorld War I, 1914-191860640 
186204AuraTutakiauArmyWorld War II, 1939-1945  
C111205AvanuiMakikeArmyWorld War I, 1914-191860701 
C111206AviriaUaongoArmyWorld War I, 1914-191860667 
84269BaldwinGeorge PearceArmyWorld War I, 1914-19183/4015 
C675BanabaBeniArmyWorld War I, 1914-191819236 
225168BanksCharles WellsArmyAmerican Civil War, 1861-18651395 
C20788BerryJohn WaldwynArmyWorld War II, 1939-194570335 
180565BishopTomArmyWorld War I, 1914-191847846 
C1212BlackFrederick RobertArmyWorld War I, 1914-191819109 
89995BlowsBruce OswaldArmyWorld War II, 1939-1945615757 
C23804BothamleyJohn FrancesArmyWorld War I, 1914-1918, World War II, 1939-194562243, 2/24/158 
196994BoxRaymond Te MaapiArmyMalayan Emergency, 1948-1960624148 
208973BoxReo IriangiArmyMalayan Emergency, 1948-1960466653 
C1546BrassWilliamArmyWorld War I, 1914-19186/807 
C129031BrellWallace MatatiaArmyWorld War II, 1939-1945, Jayforce, 1945-1948617377 
C21318BrownAlexander GeorgeAir ForceWorld War II, 1939-1945NZ41568, 41568 
84883BrownJames WairataArmyMalaya, 1960-1964, Malayan Emergency, 1948-1960, Borneo Confrontation, 1963-1966, Malayan Emergency, 1948-1960, Vietnam War, 1961-1975, Indonesian Confrontation 1962-196637575, 537575, 37575 
186287BrownMauriArmyWorld War II, 1939-1945  
180571BrowneArthurArmyWorld War I, 1914-191884512 
108935BrowneEiaoArmyWorld War II, 1939-1945810672 
187101BrowneEricCivilianWorld War II, 1939-1945  
173943BryantLeslie JosephArmyWorld War II, 1939-19456442 
C2102CafferyWilliamArmyWorld War I, 1914-191812/4148 
179488CampbellJohn AlexanderArmyWorld War I, 1914-191860661 
C21728CampbellStuart AlexanderArmyWorld War II, 1939-1945446853 
203093ChilwellMuir FitzherbertNavyWorld War II, 1939-194510737, NZ10737 
C22386ConnalRobert TangitiArmyWorld War II, 1939-19455565 
C59959CookAlbert WilliamArmyWorld War I, 1914-191826/749 
C117775CookAlfonso RobertArmyWorld War II, 1939-1945801309 
C115606CookArchibald BernardArmyWorld War I, 1914-1918, World War II, 1939-194579790, 1/20/156 
C116099CookBurnett NevilleArmyWorld War II, 1939-194539304 
C116797CookEdmundArmyWorld War II, 1939-194565683 
C104993CookRaiArmyWorld War I, 1914-191860471 
C100925CookWilliamArmyWorld War I, 1914-191820671 
89182CooperNeil AlexanderAir ForceWorld War II, 1939-1945NZ415966 
C41005CooperWilliam SaundersonArmyWorld War I, 1914-191810/1450 
180577CowanAlbertArmyWorld War I, 1914-191884535 
186268CowanJohnvilleArmyWorld War II, 1939-1945  
C41159CowanKeithArmyWorld War I, 1914-191823/389 
209719CowanNgataeMerchant NavyWorld War II, 1939-1945  
C33966CowanPitaArmyWorld War I, 1914-1918, World War II, 1939-194516/1193 
C36242CraigGeorgeArmySouth African War, 1899-1902, World War I, 1914-1918861, 12/360 
C22624CreaseCharles HenryAir ForceWorld War II, 1939-1945NZ392088, 392088 
123457CuthersHarryArmyWorld War II, 1939-194517648 
182982CuthersKamateArmyWorld War I, 1914-191884581 
C33982CuthersMakiroaArmyWorld War I, 1914-191816/1214 
186334CuthersTeariki WilliamArmyWorld War II, 1939-1945  
187110CuthersWilliam KiriCivilianWorld War II, 1939-1945  
C17619CutlerJames GuyArmyWorld War II, 1939-194523131 
C41809DavisSydney TomesArmyWorld War I, 1914-19182/1882 

The development of the Online Cenotaph is an ongoing process; updates, new images and records are added weekly. In some cases, records have yet to be confirmed by Museum staff, and there could be mistakes or omissions in the information provided.