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Tima Mereto

  • Service number
    WWI 84541 AWMM
  • Also known as
    • Tima Mareto AWMM
    • Mareto Tima AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
  • War
Gravestone of Private Mareto Tima 84532. Image courtesy of Bobby Nicholas, Paula Paniani and Cate Walker, Cook Islands WW1 NZEF ANZAC Soldiers Research Project (October 2019). Image is subject to copyright restrictions.

Gravestone of Private Mareto Tima 84532. Image courtesy of Bobby Nicholas, Paula Paniani and Cate Wa …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Tima AWMM
  • Surname
    Mereto AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Tima Mareto AWMM
    • Mareto Tima AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 84541 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    Circa 1892 Cook Islands WW1 Project AitutakiCook Islands Cook Islands WW1 Project
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Amuri, Aitutaki, Cook Islands AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Vainetutai Tima (wife), Atiu, Cook Islands AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 84541 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 12 June 1918 AWMM Planter/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Did not embark overseas on active service. The soldiers who enlisted in the 4th & 5th contingents did not leave New Zealand due to the armistice.

    Listed on the Cook Islands Roll of Honour Board, RSA Rarotonga, as 'Pte Tima M'. Source: WW1 NZEF ANZAC Soldiers Research Project.

    Next of kin/Family member/s: Vainetukai (Wife, born Atiu), Tima (Father, born Aitutaki), Tereau (Mother, bom Aitutaki)

    Notes: "Mareto" is spelt incorrectly on his headstone as "Mereto". This will be replaced by the CWGC at their expense in due course. Military headstone records "Aged 40" on headstone, although on enlistment in 1918 in the year prior to his death, his age was recorded as 26. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    10 August 1919 Death Notice
    RarotongaCook Islands Death Notice
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Titikaveka, Rarotonga, Cook Islands AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Cook Islands Roll of Honour Board, RSA Rarotonga AWMM

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    Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage is the New Zealand agent for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC). As agents for CWGC we are responsible for graves of personnel who died between 4 August 1914 and 31 August 1921 and 3 September 1939 and 31 December 1947.

    Private Mareto Tima has an official Commonwealth War Grave. Private Mareto Tima was added the Commonwealth War Graves New Zealand Roll of Honour in late 2019. We wish to discuss maintenance we would like to undertake on his grave.

    If you are connected to Private Mareto Tima please email us at so we can discuss our proposed plans.
    Public - Becky - Researcher - 17 March 2021



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17 March 2021BeckyWellingtonResearcher
22 October 2019Online CenotaphAucklandResearcher

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