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Joe Heather

Roll of honour, listing World War 1 soldiers from the Cook Islands. Ref: 1/1-006732-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. This is one of two honours boards. The second relates to the Fourth and Fifth contingents. Both are now housed in the Pioneer Lounge of the Cook Islands RSA. The Two boards originally stood in the old courthouse, but were moved just before a fire destroyed the building. (Information from Henry Wichman of Rarotonga, 2010). /records/22480864

Roll of honour, listing World War 1 soldiers from the Cook Islands. Ref: 1/1-006732-G. Alexander Tur …

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Joe AWMM
  • Surname
    Heather AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 60751 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    10 May 1901 AWMM RarotongaCook Islands AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Stanley Heather (father), Aorangi, Rarotonga, Cook Islands, Pacific Islands AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 60751 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
  • 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' 6.75" AWMM
    • Weight, WWI AWMM
      145 lb AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • War service: Egypt
    Embarked Wellington, 13 June 1918; disembarked Sydney, Australia, 18 June 1918; embarked Sydney, 24 June 1918; disembarked Suez, 4 August 1918, and marched into Training Regiment, Ismailia.
    Posted to Rarotongan Company, 18 September 1918; joined Rarotongan Regiment, in the field, 20 September 1918.
    Commenced return to New Zealand from Suez on board RL 'Malta', 14 December 1918; discharged, 20 March 1919.
    Total war service: 1 year 33 days (of which 230 days were abroad)

    Next of kin/Family member/s: Stanley Heather (Father), Upoko Heather (nee Ikitamu) Upoko Exham (Mother) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    17 March 1972 AWMM
    RarotongaCook Islands AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Avatiu Valley, 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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  • A tribute to my Grand Uncle Joe, older brother of Tutevera Heather-Cuthers who is my grand mother. For ever remembered. My intention to get papa Joe the military headstone he deserves from the NZ Armed Forces in the very near future. A true hero.
    grand Nephew Koteka James Cuthers
    Public - Koteka James - Other relative - 12 April 2022
  • I was too young to remember my grandfather, although over the years I have been given an insight into who he was through snippets of information from relatives present and past. I would have liked to have known him. Rest in peace granddad
    Public - Leicester Joseph - Other Relative - 29 March 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume IV. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      85: 19 AWMM
    • NZEF Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra 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
    • This record was partially compiled from information kindly provided by Bobby Nicholas, Paula Paniani and Cate Walker, Cook Islands WW1 NZEF ANZAC Soldiers Research Project AWMM


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12 April 2022Koteka JamesCook Islands, RarotongaOther relative
29 March 2015Leicester JosephRotorua NZOther Relative

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