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Thomas Wi

  • Service number
    WWI 16/486 AWMM
  • Also known as
    Tamati Waka Nene Wirepa Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 27 August 2015 - Military Record & Research
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • 1st NZ Maori Pioneer Contingent & NZ Field Artillery Division Ammunition in France Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 27 August 2015 - Military Record
  • Last rank
  • War
Nominal Roll Vol 1, Page: 776 - No known copyright restrictions

Nominal Roll Vol 1, Page: 776 - No known copyright restrictions

Identity

  • Title
    Gunner - Private Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 27 August 2015 - Military Record
  • Forenames
    Thomas AWMM
  • Surname
    Wi AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Tamati Waka Nene Wirepa Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 27 August 2015 - Military Record & Research
  • Service number
    WWI 16/486 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
    King Country/Auckland Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 27 August 2015 - Research
  • Religion
    Church of England Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 27 August 2015 - Military Record

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
    1892 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 27 August 2015 - Military Record
  • Place of birth
    Te Kuiti Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 27 August 2015 - Military Record
  • Birth notes
    son of Michael Te Wehi Wehi Wirepakio and Rangiahua Hetet Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 27 August 2015 - Military Record
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Te Kuiti, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Wi Kio, Te Kuiti, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 14 February 1915 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Egyptian & Egyptian E.F. & Western European - France Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 27 August 2015 - Military Record
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • 1st NZ Maori Pioneer Contingent & NZ Field Artillery Division Ammunition in France Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 27 August 2015 - Military Record
  • Service number
    WWI 16/486 AWMM
  • Military service
    1914-1919 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 27 August 2015 - Military Record
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    1914-1915 Star
    British War & Victory Medals Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 27 August 2015 - Military Record

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment
    23 yrs Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 27 August 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
    1918 In France, he was badly wounded in both his legs and feet by a shell blast Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 27 August 2015 - Military Record

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    Gunner Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 27 August 2015 - Military Record

Biographical information

Biographical information

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Death

About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
    15 July 1978 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 27 August 2015 - Military Record
  • Age at death
    86 yrs Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 27 August 2015 - Military Record
  • Place of death
    Te Kuiti, NZ Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 27 August 2015 - Military Record
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    After the war Thomas was allocated a War Pension due to the severity of his wounds. He would end up wearing special metal leg braces and shoes to enable him to walk and would carry the pain of those wounds for the rest of his life. He would go on to marry and have a family of five children. He is remembered by his family for his large vegetable gardens and the large eels he often caught and smoked. He is also remembered for his musical abilities, joining the Te Kuiti Municipal Band after the war and also being an excellent Mandolin player. He is fondly remembered as playing the last post on his bugle at the funerals of a couple of his brothers, so it was sad for the family when the local RSA played a recording of it at his own funeral. He passed away in 1978, having lived a full life in spite of his severe war wounds, reaching the age of 85 years old. Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 27 August 2015 - Research
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Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name

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Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 776 AWMM
    • Turner, A. (1982). Turner Reunion 9th -11th April 1982. Hangatiki, N.Z.: Sutherland Print. AWMM
      Photograph in Turner Reunion Book, pub 1982. AWMM
    • Soutar, M. (2019). Whitiki! Whiti! Whiti! E!: Maori In the First World War. New Zealand: David Bateman Ltd. AWMM
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