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Kiri Rapona

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New Zealand. Army. 1st Maori Contingent. Scroll of the 1st New Zealand Maori Contingent, 1915. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-624. Cultural Permissions may apply.

New Zealand. Army. 1st Maori Contingent. Scroll of the 1st New Zealand Maori Contingent, 1915. Auckl …

Identity

  • Title
    Private Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 23 September 2015 - Military record
  • Forenames
    Kiri AWMM
  • Surname
    Rapona AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 16/525 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
    Te Aitanga ā Māhaki Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 23 September 2015 - Research
  • Hapū
  • Waka
    Horouta and Takitimu Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 23 September 2015 - Research
  • Rohe
    Whatatutu - Mangatu -Te Karaka Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 23 September 2015 - Research
  • Religion
    Church of England Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 23 September 2015 - Military Record

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1887 AWMM MangatunaGisborne AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
    Mangatu, Whatatutu, near Te Karaka, Gisborne Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 23 September 2015 - Military record
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 11 January 1915 AWMM Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Pita Rapona, Mangatu, Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
    • Brother - Pita Rapona of Whatatutu Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 23 September 2015 - Military record
  • Relationship status
    Pre 14 February 1915 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Egyptian & Western European Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 23 September 2015 - Military Record
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • New Zealand Maori (Pioneer) Battalion Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 23 September 2015 - Military Record
  • Service number
    WWI 16/525 AWMM
  • Military service
    1915-1916 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 23 September 2015 - Military Record
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    1914-1915 Star
    British War & Victory Medals Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 23 September 2015 - Military record

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 11 January 1915 AWMM Labourer/Civilian AWMM
    WellingtonNew Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment
    27yrs Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 23 September 2015 - Military record

Embarkations

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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
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      "On 9 September, whilst on the Somme, Kiri Rapona received gun shot wounds to his head. His injuries necessitated immediate transfer to England. He died of his wounds on 29 September." (Church, p.61) AWMM
    • Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • "Private Kiri Rapona, 16/525, died at Brockenhurst." (Chronicles of the N.Z.E.F. October 16, 1916 p. 77)

    "Initially Maoris were not allowed to fight with the rest of the New Zealand force and Kiri Rapona left Egypt on 5 April for Malta where he was posted for garrison duty. He embarked for Dardanelles on 30 June, and he was one of 477 men of the New Zealand Maori Contingent who arrived at Anzac on 3 July. They were attached to the New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade and were sent to No.1 Outpost, which became known as the "Maori Pa". Their tasks entailed levelling terraces, digging roads and bringing water tanks ashore. By August the authorities had realised that the Maori would make excellent fighting soldiers so from then onwards they were placed on reserve to fight. In mid October Kiri Rapona was appointed as a Cook. The evacuation of the Gallipoli peninsula began on 8 December and the Maoris were withdrawn to Imbros Island (fifteen miles away) and rested. Kiri Rapona fell ill on 27 December and sailed on the Huntsman from Mundros Harbour, Lemnos to Egypt for hospitalisation. In due course his unit reached the Western front." (Church, p.61) AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    29 September 1916 AWMM
    BrockenhurstHampshire AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
    24yrs Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 23 September 2015 - http://www.nzwargraves.org.nz/casualties/kiri-rapona
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Brockenhurst (St Nicholas) Churchyard, Hampshire, England AWMM Plot A, Row 5, Grave 8 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
    Te Karaka War Memorial Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 23 September 2015 - Research
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    • Gisborne War Memorial AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Church, C. (2002). New Zealand graves at Brockenhurst : 93 New Zealand soldiers remembered from World War One. Hampshire, England: Author. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Page No: 603 AWMM
    • Chronicles of the N.Z.E.F. AWMM
      Chronicles of the NZEF, 16 October 1916, page 77 AWMM
    • New Zealand. Army. 1st Maori Contingent. Scroll of the 1st New Zealand Maori Contingent, 1915. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-624. AWMM
    • Soutar, M. (2019). Whitiki! Whiti! Whiti! E!: Maori In the First World War. New Zealand: David Bateman Ltd. AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, Auckland Province (digital copy), 1914 - 1919. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2016-2. AWMM

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