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Wi Patene Poki

Portrait of Private Wi Patene Poki, Auckland Weekly News, 11 March 1942. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19420311-24-27. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Private Wi Patene Poki, Auckland Weekly News, 11 March 1942. Sir George Grey Special Col …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Wi Patene AWMM
  • Surname
    Poki AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 39219 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1914 Public Source
  • Date of birth
    1914 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 20 February 2016 - estimated from age at death
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
    Son of Karaitiana and Wikitoria Poki, of Whangara, Gisborne Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 20 February 2016 -
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Whangara, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mr Karaitiana Poki (father), Whangara, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Western Desert AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 39219 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and 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
    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Wi Poki was the son of Karaitiana and Wikitoria Poki, of Whangara, New Zealand. AWMM
    • Brother to Thomas Poki who also served in the Army 1939-1945. Service number 802142. Public - Taania - Direct descendant - 27 April 2017 - Family papers, geneology.


About death

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  • Death
    23 November 1941 AWMM
    Age 27 AWMM
    Western DesertNorth Africa AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Halfaya Sollum War Cemetery, Egypt AWMM 9. D. 4. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary

    Poki. — Private Wi Patene, killed in action November 23. 1941.
    Engaro nei Koe mo Matou. ete Tau!”
    Koro and Ngawiki Poki. Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 8 October 2023 - ROLL OF HONOUR. - GISBORNE HERALD, VOLUME LXIX, ISSUE 20682, 5 FEBRUARY 1942, PAGE 1
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Gisborne First World War Memorial, The Esplanade, Kaiti, Gisborne AWMM

Roll of Honour

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  • Today I get to bow to you and offer up my tears and my heartfelt thanks for your great sacrifice. I am so proud of all you did to fight for the freedom we enjoy today. I wish it didn't mean you would never return. My father was only 6 or 7 when you left home that last time. Noone knew if you would return to the shores of Whangara, but everyone hoped. None moreso than your parents Karaitiana and Wikitoria Poki. Well, there were more than your parents and siblings and whanau, because I only recently discovered that you had a wife and three children. I will look for them and return here one day and place them where they belong, next to you. I find consolation in the thought that the place you are buried is by to the sea in Egypt, and your home Whangara is by the sea in New Zealand. I love that we have always been connected by the sea. God be with you 'til we meet again. 💜
    Janene Whitehead
    Public - Janene - Direct descendant - 20 October 2023
  • I'm very happy to have found a part of my family history I knew nothing about.
    My Grandmother is Sarah and one of her daughters, Tamaki, is my mother.
    Public - Anita - Direct descendant - 26 April 2020
  • Maori Battalion march to victory. Maori Battalion staunch & true. Maori Battalion march to glory. Take the honour of the people with you. We will march march march to the enemy and we will fight right to the end. For God for king & for country aue, ake ake kia kaha e .Ka nui te aroha ki a koe me nga hoa o te 28th Battalion uncle . Arohanui mo ake tonu
    Public - Taania - Direct descendant - 27 April 2017
  • love you koro thanks miss you
    Public - Aniwaniwa - Direct descendant - 9 October 2015
  • just buzzing out i just found out mi self i have a family member that is buried in egypt with other nz soldiers.chur
    Public - Mathew,Eruera,Rangi,JJ - Other Relative - 25 April 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139. AWMM
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 2 (Embarkations to 30th June, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 2: WW2 150 AWMM
    • Soutar, M. (2008). Nga tama toa = The price of citizenship : C Company 28 (Maori) Battalion 1939-1945. Albany, N.Z.: David Bateman. AWMM
      Portrait published in Soutar (2008) AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
20 October 2023JaneneBrisbane Australia Direct descendant
08 October 2023Lorraine MonaGisborne Researcher
26 April 2020AnitaAustraliaDirect descendant
27 April 2017Taania Singleton Hunter Valley NSW AustraliaDirect descendant
20 February 2016Lorraine MGisborne, NZResearcher

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