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Ponga Winiana

Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories Panel Wilson, W.F.C. - Winstone, W.H. (photo J Halpin 2010) (CC-BY John Halpin)

Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories Panel Wilson, W.F.C. - Winstone, W.H. (ph …


Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    Jul 1895 Military personnel file Bay of IslandsNew Zealand Military personnel file
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Pre 24 February 1916 AWMM Te Arai, Poverty Bay, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Charlie Wynyard (father), Karetu, Bay of Islands, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 16/1462 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
    WW1 24 February 1916 Military personnel file
    Age 20 AWMM
    Stationhand/Civilian Military personnel file
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  • 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
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    • 5 June 1917 AWMMWounds Diseases Etc., WWI AWMM
      Admitted hospital, France severe AWMM
    • 21 January 1916 AWMMHeight, WWI AWMM
      5 foot 11 inches AWMM
    • 21 January 1916 AWMMWeight, WWI AWMM
      11 stone 9 pounds AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Son of Charles (Charlie) Winiana (aka Wynard), of Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand. His father is also named as Harry Winiana of Manutuke on his service record.

      Whanau have been named after Ponga Winiana AWMM
    • 12 Nov 1917
      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. S 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 Mona - Researcher - 12 September 2023 - Poverty Bay Herald 12th November 1917
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About death

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  • Death
    14 August 1917 Military personnel file
    Age 21 AWMM
    FranceEurope Military personnel file
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  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
    Underhill Farm Cemetery, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium AWMM A. 32. AWMM
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    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Family memorial, namesake, special name AWMM

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  • My father, Warren Wynyard, gave to me a medal that you, Ponga Winiana received. He said that I was his only likely child to bring this medal back to you. My grand father, Ponga Wynyard, was named for you. You both share the same father. You were both the eldest son from each wife - you the first wife and my grand father from the second. I am honored by the task that has been given to me and I promise that I will visit you one day soon in Belgium. I am proud that you fought for New Zealand. He tangata ngāwari, he hūmārie, he mateoha, he atawhai tangata, he tangata whakapono. Arohoanui.
    Public - Glenda Mary - Other Relative - 24 April 2015



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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
12 September 2023Lorraine MonaGisborne Researcher
24 April 2015Glenda MarySydney, AustraliaOther Relative

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