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Charlie Iotua Tuarau



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Charlie Iotua AWMM
  • Surname
    Tuarau AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 617160 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    14 October 1912 AWMM AitutakiCook Islands AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Arts and Crafts School, Ohinemutu, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs N.E. Tuarau (wife), 78 Happy Valley Road, Island Bay, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 617160 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
    WW2 Wood carver/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

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Worked for 30 years at the National Museum (Te Papa’s predecessor) as a master carver.

      His son Gerald Tuarau (grandson and namesake of Gerald Joseph Rooney, WW1 Main Body (15/78)), won one of 22 places among the official Kiwi contingent who went to Gallipoli, Turkey for the 2010 Anzac Day commemorations. AWMM
    • Charles Iotua Tuarau carved the wooden frame of the illuminated address presented to Lt-Gen Sir Bernard (Tiny) Freyberg during his farewell visit to 28 (Maori) Battalion. Public - Roger Michael - Researcher - 4 July 2023 - National Library
      World War II Official album. 3449-3618
      Date 1944-1945
      Reference PA1-q-301
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About death

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  • Death
    1996 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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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
04 July 2023Roger MichaelMangonui, Far North, NZResearcher

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