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Headstone, St Andrew's, Hornchurch. The shared headstone of Privates Vasau and Moki in the churchyard (Image courtesy of Brian Taylor, Brentwood, Essex, UK) - No known copyright restrictions

Headstone, St Andrew's, Hornchurch. The shared headstone of Privates Vasau and Moki in the churchyar …


  • Title
  • Forenames
  • Surname
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Moki Rangitira AWMM
    • Prince Moki AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 16/1088 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    • 30 June 1916 AWMM FatiauNiue AWMM
    • 1 January 1895 Noel Smith and Lyn Griffiths research
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Pokihega (father), Fatiau, Niue Island, Pacific Islands AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 5 February 1916 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1914-1916 Egypt AWMM
    • Sinai & Palestine AWMM
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 16/1088 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 14 October 1915 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
    Settler/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, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 10 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      164 pounds AWMM
    • Chest, Unknown Period AWMM
      36 inches (min), 39 inches (max) AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Admitted to hospital, Cairo, on 6 April 1916. AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Illness influenza, admitted to E.C. Camp, Zeitoun, on 18 April 1916. Discharged to duty, Tel-el-Kebir, on 10 May 1916. AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Illness, pnuemonia, recorded as dangerously ill, Hornchurch, on 28 June 1916. AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Died of pnuemonia, Hornchurch Hospital, on 30 June 1916. AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Pneumonia AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Attested at Alofi on 1 October 1915.

    Service reckons from 14 October 1915.

    Departed Alofi, Niue Island on 14 October 1915 on board SS 'Te Anau'. (Pointer 2000, p. 13)

    Arrived Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand, on 19 October 1915.

    Sailed from Alexandria, Egypt, to Marseilles, France, on board SS 'Ivernia' on 20 May 1916.

    Attached to strength, Etaples, on 3 June 1916.

    Marched out from Etaples for England on 4 June 1916.

    Attached to strength, Hornchurch, [Essex, England], on 5 June 1916.

    Recorded as dangerously ill (pneumonia), Hornchurch, on 28 June 1916.

    Died of pnuemonia, Hornchurch Hospital, on 30 June 1916.

    He died 30 June and was the fourth and last Niuean to be buried in the St. Andrew's churchyard. The entry in the church diary is of special significance. 'July 3 [1916] - Burial of His Highness the Prince Rangitira (known as Prince Moki), Private 16/1088, New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Base Depot. Prince Moki, who was 21 years of age, was the son of the ruling chief of the Island of Niue. He had seen active service in Egypt and on the French Front. He died of pneumonia at Grey Towers Camp....'". (Pointer 2000, p. 52)

    Private Moki was buried on 3 July 1916 and because of a shortage of space in the churchyard, he lies in a shared grave with Private Vasau. (Pointer 2000, p. 183 n16).

    Moki's campaign medals were sent to his father Pokihega, of Fatiau, Niue Island, and later his scroll (issued 21 June 1921) and memorial plaque (issued 01 February 1922).

    Register of Burials in the Parish of Hornchurch, Essex, 1916, No. 1353, p. 170. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    30 June 1916 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    HornchurchEssex AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Hornchurch (St Andrew) Churchyard, Essex, England AWMM I. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Mercury Bay World War One Memorial AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      25: 4 AWMM
    • Pointer, M. (2000). Tagi tote e loto haaku - My heart is crying a little : Niue Island involvement in the Great War, 1914-1918. Alofi, Niue ; Suva, Fiji: Government of Niue ; Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific. AWMM
      pp. 13, 18, 50-53, 55, 131-133, 134, 171, 174, 183 n16. AWMM
    • Pointer, M. (2015). Niue 1774-1974 : 200 years of conflict and change. Dunedin, New Zealand : Otago University Press. AWMM
    • Weddell, H. (2016). Soldiers from the Pacific : the story of Pacific Island soldiers in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in World War One. Wellington, New Zealand : Defence of New Zealand Study Group. AWMM
    • Soutar, M. (2019). Whitiki! Whiti! Whiti! E!: Maori In the First World War. New Zealand: David Bateman Ltd. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • This record was partially completed by information provided by Noel George Smith and Lyn Griffiths (2021). AWMM

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