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Harold George Nepia Skelton

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1917 - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1917 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Harold George Nepia AWMM
  • Surname
    Skelton AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Tony Public - Helene - Other Relative - 26 April 2015 - Family sources
  • Service number
    WWI 16/869 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
    Ngati Rahiri Public - Helene - Other Relative - 26 April 2015 - whakapapa
  • Waka
    Tokomaru Public - Helene - Other Relative - 26 April 2015 - whakapapa
  • Rohe
    Taranaki Public - Helene - Other Relative - 26 April 2015 - whakapapa
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    7 April 1896 Public Source (May 2015) MotonuiTaranaki Public Source (May 2015)
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Bell Block, New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Augusta Rahera (sister), Smart Road, Fitzroy, New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 18 September 1915 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 16/869 AWMM
  • Military service
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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM WellingtonNew Zealand 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
    Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Harold Skelton was the son of Mr. G. N. Skelton, of Motanui, Waitara, Taranaki, New Zealand (Source: CWGC).

      Father's full name was George Nepia Skelton (known as Tim) and his mother's name was Mihi Olivia Rahira.

      His brother George Daniel Skelton (16/838) also servied in the Māori Pioneer Battalion. AWMM
    • Harold George Nepia Skelton (known as Tony) was born on 7 April 1896 in Motunui, Taranaki. His father was George Nepia (Napier) Skelton (known as Tim), son of Sergeant George Augustus Skelton and Te Piki Ngatata (also known as Mary Ann Cooke). His mother was Mihi Olivia Rahira, daughter of Pomipi and Rahira Te Paoro. Both of his matua were of Te Atiawa iwi and Ngati Rahiri Hapu descent. Public - Helene - Other Relative - 26 April 2015 - Whakapapa, family oral history
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About death

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  • Death
    8 August 1917 AWMM
    BelgiumEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Trois Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck, Nord, France AWMM I. W. 33. AWMM
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  • My father in law Norman Frederick Skelton is Harold (Tom) nephew. His father was Henry Osborne Skelton who was Tom's brother. I am thrilled to have located this photo as I do not have any of Henry or his brothers and sisters. My son will pay his respects at your gravesite when he next visits France. It is a pity that I located this photo now and not three weeks ago when two sons great greatnephews and a great nephew would have been able to pay their respects. RIP you brave young soldier
    Public - Georgina Margaret - Direct descendant - 23 September 2018
  • R I P Great Uncle Tony ....
    Public - Colleen - Other relative - 15 April 2016
  • In memory of my great uncle, Harold George Nepia Skelton (known as Tony), (Te Atiawa iwi and Ngati Rahiri hapu) born 7 April 1896 in Motunui, Taranaki, son of George Nepia Skelton (known as Tim) and Mihi Olivia Rahira. Enlisted with the second Māori contingent of the Māori Pioneer Battalion with his younger brother, George Daniel Skelton (26.7.1897 to 8. 6. 1980) on 14 June 1915. Died of wounds 8 August 1917. Great Uncle Tony, though you died far too young in a land a long way away from your papakainga, your turangawaewae, you are remembered. Kia tau te rangimarie – May Peace be with You!
  • RiP .... Great Uncle Tony. Lest We Forget. I treasure the letters that you sent home to your sister Gus (my Grandmother) and also your ID/dog tags. I feel very honoured to have these in my possession. This coming ANZAC Day 100 years on I am hoping to return to Waitara to march in your honour in the Dawn Parade. You made the ultimate sacrifice so I can be a very proud New Zealander. Arohanui Jenny G
    Public - Jennifer - Other Relative - 15 April 2015



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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
23 September 2018Georgina Margaret Adelaide South Australia Direct descendant
15 April 2016Colleen AustraliaOther relative
26 April 2015HeleneAucklandOther Relative
15 April 2015JenniferMarton, New ZealandOther Relative

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