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Ramera Wairau

'Māhia Soldiers’ Memorial, Kaiuku Marae'. Bruce Ringer, Auckland Libraries, 2015. Image may be copyright restricted.

'Māhia Soldiers’ Memorial, Kaiuku Marae'. Bruce Ringer, Auckland Libraries, 2015. Image may be copyr …


  • Title
    Private Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 12 February 2016 - Miltiary record
  • Forenames
    Ramera AWMM
  • Surname
    Wairau AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Raniera Wairau AWMM
    • Raniera Wairau AWMM
    • RANIERA WAIRAU Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 12 February 2016 -
  • Service number
    WWI 16/779 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    • Jul 1895 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra Hawkes BayNew Zealand Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
    • Jun 1895 Public Source
  • Date of birth
    Jun 1895 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 12 February 2016 - Military record
  • Place of birth
    Mahi, Hawkes Bay Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 12 February 2016 - Military record
  • Birth notes
    Son of Ra and Wahati Wairau, of Opoutama
    Ra Wairau was in the NZ Maori Contingent, Died 1915 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 12 February 2016 - Military record & Research
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Clive, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Miss Wahatu Wairau (sister), Mahia, Hawke's Bay, 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 16/779 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 Unknown AWMM AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    Farm Hand Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 12 February 2016 - Military record
  • 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 Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Died of sickness AWMM
    • Height, WWI AWMM
      5' 5.75" AWMM
    • Weight, WWI AWMM
      147 lb AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Son of Ra and Wahati Wairau, of Opoutama, Hawkes Bay.

      Brother of Paihau, of Opoutama, Hawkes Bay, and Ra, who died of disease on 11 December 1915, en route to Malta from Gallipoli.

      No. 2 New Zealand General Hospital, Mount Felix, Walton. (see vertical files (Hospitals, Military), Armoury Information Centre, Auckland War Memorial Museum)

      Embarked, 18 September 1915; disembarked Suez, 26 October 1915.
      Posted toOtago Infantry Bn, Moascar, 20 January 1916.
      Embarked Port Said, Egypt, with a pioneer unit and proceeded overseas to France, 9 April 1916.
      Admitted to No 2 NZ Field Ambulance, and transferred to NZ Divisional Rest Station, 24 June 1916 (enteritis); discharged to duty, 27 June 1916.
      Admitted to No 50 Casualty Clearing Station, 19 August 1916 (influenza); transferred to No 32 Stationary Hospital, Wimereux, 21 August 1916; embarked for England, 13 September 1916.
      Died, No 2 NZ General Hospital, Walton-on-Thames, 30 October 1916 (tuberculous and pleurisy).

      Parents: Ra and Wahati Wairau,Opoutama, Hawke's Bay AWMM
    • Ramera Wairau was a young maori boy/ teenager who was following the footsteps of his father, who also served for his country , city, town, and neighborhood.
      Ramera served New Zealand in 1914 during WW1. Where he was ranked private throught out the war. The last unit that Ramera served was the New Zealand Pioneer Battalion .
      Son of Ra (Regt. 16/53) and Wahati Wairau, sister Waihatu Wairau. Ramera wanted to be like his father growing up, then sadly Ramera's father passed away from a disease on 11 December 1915 en route to Malta from Gallipoli.
      Sadly Ramera's life came to an end in 1916, when he died from sickness in England Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 12 February 2016 -
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About death

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  • Death
    30 October 1916 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Walton and Weybridge (Walton-on-Thames) Cemetery, Surrey, England AWMM Screen Wall. 909. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • 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

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12 February 2016Lorraine MGisborne, NZResearcher

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