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Werewere Charu Rakuraku

Portrait of Private Werewere Charu Rakuraku, Auckland Weekly News, 28 February 1945. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections AWNS-19450228-26-10. Image has known copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Private Werewere Charu Rakuraku, Auckland Weekly News, 28 February 1945. Auckland Librar …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Werewere Charu AWMM
  • Surname
    Rakuraku AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 810627 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Public Works Department Camp, Avondale, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs M. Rakuraku (mother), Whatatutu, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 810627 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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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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  • Werewere Rakuraku was the son of Tu Rakuraku and Puti Rakuraku, of Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    16 December 1944 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    ItalyEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Faenza War Cemetery, Italy AWMM III. D. 7. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • Werewere Rakuraku - the son of Tū Paiaka and Putiputi Rakuraku. Born August 24th, 1923 and raised in the Waimana Valley within Te Urewera.

    He’d had three months with the Homeguard at Matatā and signed up at Avondale to serve with the 28th Māori Battalion in May 1944. He was 20 years and 8 months old and only 5’4”. He passed the medical with a Grade 1 health rating. Not surprisingly, Werewere couldn't ride a motorbike but he could ride a horse. At the time of enlisting Werewere had been living in Auckland and working at Southdown Freezing works.

    Not long in camp at Papakura and Trentham and Werewere was off to war with the 12th Reinforcements. His nephew Paora Rakuraku was with him. They both left Wellington on the HMT Highland Princess on June 29th, 1944 arriving in Port Tewfik, Egypt on August 2nd 1944. He was marched into the NZ Maori Training Depot at Maadi on August 8th, 1944. He
    Public - Leanne - Other relative - 6 March 2019



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139. AWMM
    • Gardiner, W. (2019). Ake ake kia kaha e! : Forever brave! : B Company 28 (Maori) Battalion, 1939-1945. Auckland : Bateman Books. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 14 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1944 to 31st December, 1944). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 14: WW2 81 AWMM
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM


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06 March 2019Leanne Te Upoko o te Ika, AotearoaOther relative

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