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Vivian Ruru

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3/4 portrait of Private Ruru with the New Zealand Maori Pioneer Battalion. (Photographer: Herman Schmidt, 1915-1916). Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 31-R994. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

3/4 portrait of Private Ruru with the New Zealand Maori Pioneer Battalion. (Photographer: Herman Sch …

Identity

  • Title
    Private Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 22 September 2015 - Military record
  • Forenames
    Vivian AWMM
  • Surname
    Ruru AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Vivian Ruru AWMM
    • Te Whiwhi RURU Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 22 September 2015 - Military record
  • Service number
    WWI 16/1459 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
    • Iwi Māori AWMM
    • Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki Public - nita - Other relative - 27 April 2016 - Family - Oral History
  • Hapū
    Te Whanau a Taupara Public - Barry - Other relative - 24 April 2019 - Family oral records
  • Waka
    Horouta/Takitimu Public - Barry - Other relative - 24 April 2019 - Family oral records
  • Rohe
    • Te Runanganui A Kiwa Public - nita - Other relative - 27 April 2016 - Qral & whakapapa
    • Turanganui a Kiwa Public - Barry - Other relative - 24 April 2019 - Correct naming convention for Gisborne area.
  • Religion
    • Church of England Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 22 September 2015 - Military record
    • Ringatu Public - nita - Other relative - 27 April 2016 - Ringatu & Church of England predominant religions at home.

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    16 February 1895 Public Source
  • Date of birth
    16 February 1895 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 22 September 2015 - Military Record
  • Place of birth
    Gisborne, NZ Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 22 September 2015 - Military Record
  • Birth notes
    son of Mr & Mrs Henare Ruru Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 22 September 2015 - Military Record
  • Address before enlistment
    Te Karaka Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 22 September 2015 - Military Record
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Henare Ruru (father), Te Karaka, Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    single Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 22 September 2015 - Military Record

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Western European - France Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 22 September 2015 - Military Record
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • New Zealand Maori (Pioneer) Battalion Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 22 September 2015 - Military Record
  • Service number
    WWI 16/1459 AWMM
  • Military service
    1916-1917 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 22 September 2015 - Military Record
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • British War & Victory Medals Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 22 September 2015 - Military Record
    • Plaque & Scroll # 511497 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 February 2016 - Military Record

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Senior Cadets & Narrow Neck Camp Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 22 September 2015 - Military Record
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    • WW1 Unknown AWMM Stationhand/Civilian AWMM
    • 26 Feb 1916 at Narrow Neck, Auckland Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 22 September 2015 - Military Record
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment
    20yrs 11 mths Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 22 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
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Vivian Ruru was the son of Henare Ruru and Maata Ruru, of Te Karaka, New Zealand. AWMM
    • Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLIV, Issue 14452, 12 November 1917, Page 7
      IN A TIGHT CORNER.
      HOW LIEUT. KAIPARA. AND HIS COMRADES FELL.
      Corporal Walter Heany, of the N.Z. Pioneers, writing to his mother, Mrs. Donald Gordon, of Gisborne, gives the first details that have been received respecting the death of Lieut A.P Kaipara and a number of other East Coast members of the Pioneers. The writer explains that the battalion went out wiring a stronghold that the New Zealanders had taken from the Germans. Fritz had made things very warm for them since, Corporal Heany remarks. The Pioneers got to within 100 yards of where they had to erect the entanglements, when Fritz opened up on them. The boys halted for it awhile, and then moved through shell fire to their sector. Shells were thrown all around them, and machine gun fire was turned on, this being about 1.3O a.m. The writer, details the circumstances under which Bill Morris, of Gisborne (wounded), was carried out to, the dressing station. On the way back they were up to their waists in mud, and Fritz concentrated fire on them, thus delaying them a good deal. The shells were bashing in the trenches and ploughing through the mud in the shell fire was a trying experience. Patience, however, got them through safely, though they were all fairly exhausted. Lieut. Kaipara rushed along and requested them 'to go back for Ehau, another Gisbornite who was wounded in the leg. As there was no one else he and his mate went back again with Kaipara. They were fairly beaten, and shells were falling worse than ever. Kaipara kept urging them to hurry, but they were so done up they could hardly for dear life lift their legs out of the boggy ground. Frequently they had to put the stretcher down, and then shells would burst near them, the concussion knocking them over in the mud. Eventually his mate dragged himself back to get fresh men, and he could hear Ehau calling "Come on, Heany" but he was completely knocked up. It was then that Kaipara dropped, shot through the head by a piece of shell. The writer went on to say that he had simply to lie down in the mud with the pathetic words still ringing in his ears and cursing himself for being unable to carry on. Subsequently he managed to drag himself out and to get fresh men to carry the wounded out. Two nights later they went out again to dig a trench and about midnight Fritz poured shells into them again. One shell came into the trench and killed Viv Ruru and another chap who had just joined up, besides wounding Trotter and Maharangi Pohatu. Heany was placed in charge to carry Trotter down to the dressing station, where he learned than Kaa, the Ngati Porou officer was killed, also Winiana and Dick Hale (corporal of the section). The party was carrying out one of the fellows (killed), when a shell landed right in the middle of them. With an officer, the writer went back and found their bodies, which were brought in and laid to rest. All were Gisborne and Coast boys. Donald Cameron was killed the same night as Kaipara. The casualties during the two nights were Killed, Lieutenants P Kaa, Kaipara, Cameron, and MacNeil, Corporal Hale, Privates V. Ruru, A. Kopua, Winiana. wounded: -Lieutenant J Ehau, Privates R. Trotter. W. Morris, Manuel, M. Pohatu, and P Kingi Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 20 July 2015 - Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLIV, Issue 14452, 12 November 1917, Page 7
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    14 August 1917 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    YpresBelgium AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Underhill Farm Cemetery, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium AWMM A. 31. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    ROLL OF HONOR
    Private Vivian Ruru, recently reported killed in action, was the Eldest, son of Mr & Mrs H Ruru of Te Karaka. He left Gisborne with the 14th Reinforcements and took part in the battles of the Somme and Messines. He was aged 21 years. Mr Ruru has received messages of condolences and appreciation of services of his son from the King and the New Zealand Government. Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 22 September 2015 - Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLIV, Issue 14391, 1 September 1917, Page 3
  • Memorial name
    Tikitiki St Mary's Church War Memorial
    Te Karaka War Memorial
    Gisborne's War Memorial Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 22 September 2015 - Research
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    • St Mary's Church Memorial Board, Tikitiki near Rangitukia, East Coast, New Zealand AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • Always Remembered, we will never forget xo
    Public - Ralee - Direct descendant - 14 April 2020
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  • We remember you every ANZAC day, for valor, and for what you gave for your country.
    Public - Pani - Other Relative - 13 April 2015
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14 April 2020RaleeGisborneDirect descendant
24 April 2019BarryAucklandOther relative
27 April 2016nitaAuckland New Zealand Other relative
10 February 2016Lorraine MGisborne, NZResearcher
13 April 2015PaniGisborneOther Relative

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