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Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1916 - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1916 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
  • Surname
    Pulu AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Niuloa Pulu AWMM
    • N. Hipa AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 16/1107 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1892 AWMM NiuePolynesia AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Vaiata (mother), Alofi, Niue Island, Pacific Islands AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 5 February 1916 AWMM Married/WWI AWMM
    Married, 2 children AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 16/1107 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
  • 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 foot 6.5 inches AWMM
    • Weight, WWI AWMM
      156 pounds AWMM
    • Died of Sickness, Cause of Death AWMM
      Pneumonia AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Son of Hipa and Fokitifa.

      Four sons, brothers enlisted: Peni (16/1115), Hemu (16/1052), Hipa (16/1053) and Pulu (16/1107) (Pointer 2000, p. 16).

      Departed Alofi, Niue Island on 14 October 1915 on board SS Te Anau

      Arrived Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand on 19 October 1915 (Pointer 2000, p. 18).

      Sailed from Port Said, Egypt, to Marseilles, France, on board SS Canada on 9 April 1916. (Pointer 2000, p. 173)

      Sailed from England to New Zealand on board HT Corinthic on 17 June 1916. (Pointer 2000, p. 174)

      "Shortly after leaving Dakar en route for Capetown, the second death occurred, this time the brother of Peni, 16/1107 Sergeant Pulu. He also had acute pneumonia. The story is told on Niue that when Peni was being buried the men were told to look away but at the last moment Pulu looked towards his brother and his death followed soon after. However it is not certain that Pulu was even on deck for the burial of his brother. He may well have been below, ill in the ship's hospital." (Pointer 2000, p. 59)

      The Auckland Weekly News (5 October 1916, p. 40) incorrectly records him as having died of wounds. AWMM
    • Mother's name is spelt 'Fukesifa' Public - Esther - Other relative - 26 April 2019 - Family
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About death

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  • Death
    26 June 1916 AWMM
    Age 32 AWMM
  • 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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  • Memorial name
    Wellington Provincial Memorial, Karori Cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM

Roll of Honour

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  • My name is Edgar Pulu. Sergeant Niuloa Pulu is my great grandfather. My father, Edgar Pulu Sr. Has kept Great Grandfather's Certificate of service for New Zealand Defense dated on 1914, with him throughout his entire service in the United States Navy. He held this Certificate which is sadly in 3 pieces due to erosion.

    It is with great sadness and sorrow to let my New Zealand family know that Dad passed on October 24th, 2018 at the age of 85. His services will be held here in San Diego on November 18th and the first Samoan Congregational church that he helped build in 1955.

    To my Niue family in Aotearoa, we send our love to Great Granpa Pulu especially for his grandson Edgar Pulu who rests in love and peace with him today.

    Public - Edgar - Direct descendant - 9 November 2018
  • Remembering you today and always Great Grand Uncle Pulu and your 3 brothers. Finally met your great grand daughter Vaiata in Hawaii earlier this year. Thank you for the great sacrifice you made for your family and country. Kia Monuina.
    Public - Ian - Direct descendant - 25 April 2018
  • Vaiata I just read your post from 2016. Have emailed you. Pulu is the Great Grand uncle of my husband Ian Hipa. We have been living in Hikutavake now for over 5 years - the village they are all from. Our family home is built on the exact spot our Great Grandfather Hipa and his wife Sifahemotu built one of their homes. This is a special time for our families as we remember our Great Grandfather and Great Grand Uncles. We have a nephew living in Australia who uses the name Nuiloa. Forever in our hearts. Lest we forget. Ian, Adam & Emi Hipa.
    Public - Hipa - Direct descendant - 25 April 2017
  • I am Sgt. Pulu's great granddaughter. My grandfather is Edgar Pulu and my mother is Ramona Pulu (Pulusian). It's my first time seeing this site, but I have been aware of ggrandfather's and his brothers' service in WWI. Ggrandmother VAIATA (whom I'm named after) moved with her children Lila & "Edgar" to Vaipuna, Samoa then on to American Samoa (Utulei) where my mother and I were born. Unfortunately, my grandfather died long before I was born and while my mother was only nine, so our Niue connection was lost for quite some time. However, in the last 10 years we've been able to connect with some of Hipa's children and other descendants of Niuloa and Fukesifa (Sgt. Pulu's parents) of Hikutavake. Would LOVE to know more of my Niue cousins. I am grateful for the love and appreciation for Ggrandfather and his brothers and their service and sacrifice. Fakaue lahi, Faafetai tele lava.
    Public - Vaiata - Direct descendant - 13 August 2016
  • Dear Pulu, I am so happy and proud that you since fought in the war. I am grateful that you have made peace in my country. I hope that you died in peace as that's what you deserve. Thank you so much for everything that you have done. Least we remember
    Public - Ellie - Researcher - 15 June 2016
  • We pay tribute to you Great Grand Uncle Pulu. Laid a poppy for you and your 3 siblings that were brave enough to leave the peace and tranquillity of Niue to fight a cold war halfway across the world. Thank you for being brave and for contributing to the service whereby we your children can now live peacefully on this earth. "Fakaue oue tulou kehe ha mutolu a tau loto malolo moe toa ke o atu ke he felakutakiaga lahi nei, kua tokanoa mo e nonofo fiafia ai a mautolu ai nei". Bless you Papa Pulu! Love you and thank you now and forever. Ofania Maugalina, on behalf of us all the great grand nieces and nephews.
    Public - Ofania Maugalina - Other Relative - 25 April 2015
  • I am Tipae Hipa's grandson and my middle name is in honor of his brother Hemu. My mother Rosalina was the only child of Tipae Hipa who was married to my grandmother Sifahemotu. I have fond memories of Hikutavake where my grandfather and his brothers were born and raised before they left their home and family to lands unknown to help fight a war they knew nothing about. I just want to express my sincere and deepest gratitude to my grand uncle Pulu, my grandfather Tipae Hipa and his other 2 brothers Hemu and Peni who lay down their lives to fight that we in this generation may live and enjoy life today. I can only imagine the fear, the uncertainty they had not having worn any army clothing let alone wearing those heavy boots and not conversant with English must have been awful. I take this opportunity to honor my granduncles and grandfather and may God rest their souls in peace.
    Public - MORRIS HEMU - Other Relative - 24 April 2015
  • This year being the 100 ANZAC centenary and in memory of those who went to war fighting for our freedom, my search of family has led me to this site. Scrolling down through the names I was drawn to you Sergeant Pulu. My dad is from Alofi Niue, part of his name is pulu and his dad I was told died out at sea. Could I have been guided to a relative? I express my deepest gratitude for your service and sacrifice of your life for us who have been able to live in freedom. I thank you from the bottom of my heart and will remember you.....lest we forget xxx
    Public - Lina - Researcher - 17 April 2015
  • Words can not explain how thankful we are that you fought for our country our people our lives thank you so much you are a hero.
    Public - Hollie, Ellie, Scarlet - Researcher - 1 April 2015
  • We are so thankful that you fought in the war in Gallipoli and sadly died of wounds and gave your life for us to keep this country free and the way it is now. THANK YOU PULU
    Public - Ellie, Hollie, Scarlet - Researcher - 31 March 2015

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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: 3 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
      Pointer, M. (2000). pp. 16, 18, 59, 94, 137, 171, 173, 174. AWMM
    • Pointer, M. (2015). Niue 1774-1974 : 200 years of conflict and change. Dunedin, New Zealand : Otago University Press. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 3: Includes portrait 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
    • The Fields of Remembrance Trust: Brothers Field, Auckland Museum (Armistice, 2018) AWMM
    • Scadden, J. (2018). Broken branches : New Zealand families who lost three or more children in the Great War. AWMM
    • You are a hero Public - Hollie,Ellie,Scarlett - Researcher - 31 March 2015 - Thanks
    • Pulu is my Grand Uncle, brother to my grandfather Niutama Niuloa Tuhega, toa from Hikutavake from Ni Public - Niutama - Other Relative - 22 April 2015 - Direct Decendent


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
26 April 2019EstherAucklandOther relative
09 November 2018Edgar San Diego, California USA Direct descendant
25 April 2018IanHikutavake, Niue IslandDirect descendant
25 April 2017HipaHikutavake, Niue IslandDirect descendant
13 August 2016VaiataHonolulu, HawaiiDirect descendant

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