Private Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 6 February 2016 - Military record
Also known as
Rawhira Wairau AWMM
WWI 16/53 AWMM
Images and documents
Tom Wairau (grand nephew of Ra)
(WORD, 1.13 MB)
Tom Wairau visiting Pieta Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, Valletta, Malta, October 2015
Public - Warren - Other relative - 11 May 2017 - Family visit to Valletta, Malta, October 2015
23 June 1894 AWMM
Date of birth
23 June 1894 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 6 February 2016 - Military record
Place of birth
Muriwai, Gisborne Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 6 February 2016 - Military record
Address before enlistment
WW1 Unknown AWMM Muriwai, New Zealand AWMM
Post war occupation
Next of kin on embarkation
WW1 Miss Wahati Wairau (sister), Mahia, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand AWMM
Medals and Awards
British War Medals
Plaque & Scroll # 513497 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 6 February 2016 - Military record
POW liberation details
POW serial number
- Son of Ra and Wahati Wairau, of Opoutama, Hawkes Bay.
Brother of Paihau, of Opoutama, Hawkes Bay, and Raniera, who died of disease on 30 October 1916, en route to England from France.
From the spring of 1915, the hospitals and convalescent depots established on the islands of Malta and Gozo dealt with over 135,000 sick and wounded, chiefly from the campaigns in Gallipoli and Salonika, although increased submarine activity in the Mediterranean meant that fewer hospital ships were sent to the island from May 1917. AWMM
- Private Ra Wairau 16/53 1st New Zealand Maori Battalion, B Company, was born in Muriwai, New Zealand on 23 June 1894, his recorded next of kin was his sister Wahati Wairau, Mahia, Hawkes Bay. His brother was Ramiera Wairau who was also died of wounds 30 Oct 1916 in England
He left Wellington, New Zealand on HMNZT 20 (‘Warrimoo') with the 1st Maori (515 troops) on 14 February 1915 and disembarked Suez 26 March 1915.
- On 6 August 1915 Ra was sent to hospital at Anzac suffering from a gunshot wound to the head resulting in a severe compound fracture of the skill. SS Itonus transported him from Anzac Cove firstly to Imbros on 13 August 1915 and then on to Malta. His condition at Malta initially was described on 22 August 1915 as "dangerously ill" and then on 8 September 1915 as "out of danger." However, by the 10 September 1915 he was described again as "dangerously ill" and on 11 September 1915 he died of wounds received in action. He was buried the same day by Chap E E Smith at Pieta Cemetery Malta No 4 Row 10B.
- As his sister had died, his brother Paihau received his service medals.
Ra was also 21 years old when he died, 11 months before Ramiera Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 6 February 2016 - http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=42907619
- Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM
- St Mary's Church Memorial Board, Tikitiki near Rangitukia, East Coast, New Zealand AWMM
Roll of Honour
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You may lay thousand miles from your kainga and whenua but you are always remembered, the ultimate sacrifice your life for your country. You will never be forgotten sincere love from your Wairau whanau in Wairoa and your homeland Mahia.
Public - Sharlene - Other Relative - 11 September 2015
- New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
Page No: 748 AWMM
- Auckland Weekly News AWMM
A photograph of his grave, at Pieta Military Cemetery appears in the Auckland Weekly News (28 September 1916, p. 35) under the name 'Wairan'. AWMM
- Soutar, M. (2019). Whitiki! Whiti! Whiti! E!: Maori In the First World War. New Zealand: David Bateman Ltd. AWMM
- The Fields of Remembrance Trust: Brothers Field, Auckland Museum (Armistice, 2018) AWMM
|11 May 2017||Warren||Wellington, New Zealand||Other relative||
|11 September 2015||Sharlene||Wairoa, Hawkes Bay||Other Relative||
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