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WWI Gilbert Islander - Kiribati service personnel

Gilbert Islanders

Soldiers from the Gilbert Islands pictured at Narrow Neck camp in Auckland. The War Effort of New Zealand, edited by Lieutenant H.T.B. Drew Whitcombe and Tombs Limited, Wellington 1923

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While some individuals such a Kaipati enlisted in 1916 as part of the 3rd Māori Reinforcement, close to 30 Gilbert Islanders (now known as Kiribati) were recruited to reinforce the later Maori Contingents. Arriving in Wellington in October 1918 for embarkation overseas their service was cut short due to the influenza pandemic. It "saw them quarantined and returned to Auckland. Several died and the rest were repatriated following the Armistice. For the Gilbert Islanders this was a very lengthy process. Because of quarantine restrictions and lack of shipping, it was almost a year before they arrived home."1

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

Further Reading

1.'Fijian and Gilbert Island Contingents', (Ministry for Culture and Heritage).

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Displaying 1 - 29 of 29 records
PhotoFamily nameFirst namesForceWarsService # 
198453AndersonEdwinArmyWorld War I, 1914-191885523 
179436ArikuaKourabuiArmyWorld War I, 1914-191884488 
179434Burentarawa ArmyWorld War I, 1914-191884498 
180572BurgeGeorge Henry KelseyArmyWorld War I, 1914-191884474 
C40789CollinsHerbert VictorArmyWorld War I, 1914-191823/970 
89608GreigGeorge MatangaroArmyWorld War I, 1914-191829551 
C33120IlitomasiLaliqapataArmyWorld War I, 1914-191884494 
179432Itemaela ArmyWorld War I, 1914-191884491 
179428Karauna ArmyWorld War I, 1914-191884483 
179427Keri ArmyWorld War I, 1914-191884477 
179430KutaIliesaArmyWorld War I, 1914-191884478 
179747LinneyFrankArmyWorld War I, 1914-191823/976 
180622MarshJohn StanleyArmyWorld War I, 1914-191823/978 
C34108MillerJohn RobertArmyWorld War I, 1914-191823/980 
179394Naurake ArmyWorld War I, 1914-191884490 
179334RereiaBillArmyWorld War I, 1914-191884497 
179332SailosiNawerecagaArmyWorld War I, 1914-191884484 
C14621SmithFrankArmyWorld War I, 1914-191816/735 
179393TabaoBeiaruruArmyWorld War I, 1914-191884476 
179392Taratake ArmyWorld War I, 1914-191884475 
179391Taurabakai ArmyWorld War I, 1914-191884499 
179389TekiauKarereArmyWorld War I, 1914-191884486 
179390TekieraVikiArmyWorld War I, 1914-191884493 
179388Teriakai ArmyWorld War I, 1914-191884495 
180705TigauTimunnagArmyWorld War I, 1914-191884487 
179387TioabaTeanaubaArmyWorld War I, 1914-191884492 
C34305TuruaPaniArmyWorld War I, 1914-191819306 
C34316VarovaroTauArmyWorld War I, 1914-191819328 
180730WastellCharles WhalleyArmyWorld War I, 1914-191823/1228 

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