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Henry Governor Witinitara

Nominal Roll Vol 3 (Roll 76), Page: 23 - No known copyright restrictions

Nominal Roll Vol 3 (Roll 76), Page: 23 - No known copyright restrictions


Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    22 July 1897 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra Te Ore OreWellington Region Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
  • Date of birth
    29th May 1899 Public - Cindy - Direct descendant - 7 June 2021 - Shared birthday. Born on his 65th birthday
  • Place of birth
    Te Ore Ore Masterton Public - Cindy - Direct descendant - 7 June 2021 - Records
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Kawana Witinitara (father), Te Oreore, Masterton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    A granddaughter who share the same birthday. Public - Cindy - Direct descendant - 7 June 2021 - Whakapapa


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 60457 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Labourer/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
    • Height, WWI AWMM
      5' 6" AWMM
    • Weight, WWI AWMM
      147 lb AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Embarked Wellington, 21 December 1917; disembarked Glasgow, Scotland, 25 February 1918; marched in to Composite Reserve Bn, Larkhill, 26 February 1918.
    Marched in to 3rd reserve Bn, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, Sling Camp, 6 April 1918.
    Marched out to NZ Engineers Reserve, Christchurch, 16 April 1918.
    Found guilty of being absent without leave in Christchurch: forfeited 1 day's pay, 18 May 1918.
    Found guilty of being absent from parade: forfeited 1 day's pay by award, 24 May 1918.
    Found guilty of being absent from parade: forfeited 2 days' pay by award, 25 May 1918.
    Proceeded overseas to France, 11 June 1918; joined 3rd Entrenching Bn, in the field, 17 June 1918.
    Transferred to NZ Maori Pioneer Bn and taken on strength, 24 June 1918.
    Admitted sick to hospital, 12 July 1918; rejoined Bn, 17 July 1918.
    Admitted to 2nd NZ Field Ambulance, 9 September 1918 (balanitis); discharged to duty, 14 September 1918.
    Found guilty, 13 November 1918, of conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline, neglected to obey order given by S.O.: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2.
    Found guilty, 31 December 1918, of (1) when on Active Service being absent without leave from 2130, 18 December, until apprehended at 2215, 18 December; (2) masquerading as an officer; (3) breaking laul custody, 22 December, and remaining absent till reporting to Police, Etaples, 2100, 28 December 1918: awarded 28 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 7 days' pay under Royal Warrant.
    Admitted to 24th General Hospital, Etaples, 17 January 1919 (influenza); discharged to Base Depot, 24 January 1919.
    Commenced return to New Zealand from Tilbury on board HMNZT 'Pakeha',14 April 1919; disembarked Wellington, 30 May 1919; discharged (termination of period of engagement), 27 June 1919.
    Total war service: 1 year 3120 days (of which 1 year 151 days was overseas)

    Parents: Kawana (b. Te Ore Ore) and Olive (b. Martinborough) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Hey Koro, I wish there was one more time to talk about all the things and places you went to........ how was the world when you travelled as a really young man (16years old!!).
    All those birthdays we shared on May 29th, you in 1899 me in 1964. You may not remember but I still have the plastic kete you gave to me for one of those birthdays, gee I thought it was really flash....... so modern in comparison to the nana used to have. How time changes. Love ya koro Cindy (Jacks 2nd)

    Public - Cindy - Direct descendant - 7 June 2021
  • Miss you Grand-dad Henry (Pop), keeping your spirit alive. I'd love to ride on my Royal Enfield Pegasus 500 to all the places you have been. Rest in peace in the hands of the great matua i te rangi. Arohanui, from your favourite moko from Wairoa (daughter of Raymond Tamaohungia Witinitara) Raymond Governor aka Govey. love Katarina xx
    Public - Katarina Helen Rikipi - Direct descendant - 6 August 2018



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  • External links
  • References
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1918). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume III. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      76: 23 AWMM
    • NZEF Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra AWMM
    • Soutar, M. (2019). Whitiki! Whiti! Whiti! E!: Maori In the First World War. New Zealand: David Bateman Ltd. AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
07 June 2021CindyNew ZealandDirect descendant
06 August 2018Katarina Helen Rikipi Wairoa, Hawkes BayDirect descendant

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