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Eruera Te Whiti o Rongomai Love

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Eruera Te Whiti o Rongomai AWMM
  • Surname
    Love AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Edward Te Whiti Rongomai AWMM
    • Tiwi AWMM
    • Tui AWMM
  • Service number
    6133 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1905 AWMM PictonMarlborough AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Korokoro Rd., Petone, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs E.T.W. Love (wife), Korokoro Rd., Petone, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Unknown AWMM Married AWMM
    • Married to Takau Margaret Tinirau, Makea Arikinui of Rarotonga Public - Natasha - Other Relative - 13 August 2015 - family oral history


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Interpreter/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

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

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • First Maori to command the Maori Battalion. His mother Repeka Wharawhara Love (OBE) was a great-grand-child of Sir Mungo Park, whose son, Mr Robert Park of Scotland, was the surveyor who accompanied Colonel Wakefield of New Zealand. While his father Wi Hapi Love, was the great-grandson of Jack Love (Hakirau), the only European who sign the Treaty of Waitangi as a Maori. Lieutenant-Colonel Love's widow was Mrs. Takau Rio Love, formerly of Petone, and now paramount chief, or Makea Nui Ariki, of Rarotonga. (Source: Maori Fallen, Evening Post Volume CXXXIV, Issue 22, 25 July 1942, p.6.)

    DNZB write he was known to his family, and to the men he commanded, as Tiwi, sometimes Tui. Listed as Edward Te Whiti Rongomai Love on the Nominal Rolls, CWGC and Rolls of Honour. Listed by DNZB as Eruera Te Whiti o Rongomai Love. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    12 July 1942 AWMM
    Age 37 AWMM
    Western DesertNorth Africa AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt AWMM VIII. J. 16. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • We love and are grateful for you e Koro.
    Today your mokopuna shared your photo and story with their kaiako & tamariki at Montessori along with all the other Koro who went to war when the call went out. Gone far too early but never forgotten. We your whānau will continue to share and remember you always.
    Na o mokopuna
    Public - Takau Te Arii Vahine Varaire Atareti Marie Rangimakea - Direct descendant - 22 April 2021
  • i love you granddad the family are proud of what you have accomplished you are a great leader rest easy up there xoxoxox sorry its late have been away love you my dear granddad [te atiawa o runga o te rangi]you are always in my heart
    Public - jamie - Other Relative - 20 May 2015



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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
25 September 2022Lorraine MonaGisborneResearcher
22 April 2021Takau Te Arii Vahine Varaire Atareti Marie RangimakeaLevinDirect descendant
13 August 2015NatashaPalmerston NorthOther Relative
20 May 2015jamiepictonOther Relative

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