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John Muriwai

Headstone, urupa, Rangiahua (Korokota) Maori Cemetery (photo R Beddows 2004) - No known copyright restrictions
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    John AWMM
  • Surname
    Muriwai AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWI 24/233 AWMM
    • WWI N/N AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
    28 June 1889 Public - Bronwyn Marie - Researcher - 28 April 2018 -
  • Place of birth
    Maraeroa, Hokianga NZ. Public - Bronwyn Marie - Researcher - 28 April 2018 -
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Maraeroa, Hokianga, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Ben Muriwai (father), Maraeroa, Hokianga, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWI 24/233 AWMM
    • WWI N/N AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • 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 Sickness, Cause of Death AWMM
    Died of measles and pneumonia AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • John Muriwai was the son of Perene and Erana Muriwai, of Maraeroa, Hokianga

    Brother of Tame (Tom) Muriwai 16/475.

    The Northern Advocate obituary gives Muriwai's age incorrectly as 22 years. The WWI Nominal Rolls give Muriwai's address on enlistment as "Mananoa" and his father's address as "Manaroa". Both are misspellings of "Maraeroa". Listed at Archives New Zealand as MURIWAI, John - WW1 N/N - Army(no number) AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    28 June 1915 AWMM
    Age 26 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    urupa, Rangiahua (Korokota) Maori Cemetery, Northland, New Zealand. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Following on an attack of measles and pneumonia while he was in camp at Trentham, Private John Muriwai died in Wellington Hospital on Monday. His relatives reside in the Hokianga district. (Auckland Weekly News, 1 July 1915, p. 20)

    Private John Muriwai, who died on Trentham on Monday of measles and pneumonia, was the fourth brother of Mrs Woods, wife of Mrs G.H. Woods, interpreter, Whangarei. The deceased soldier, aged 22 years, was a resident of Waihou, Hokianga, and arrangements have been made for a military funeral. The body will arrive at Onerahi on Saturday by the Manaia", and it will be conveyed to Waihou via Otiria. Mr H. Muriwai, father of the deceased, has arrived in Whangarei to meet the body. Another son, Tom Muriwai, is with the Maori troops in Malta." (Northern Advocate, 1 July 1915) AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Matakohe War Memorial, WW1, Matakohe, New Zealand AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
    Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
    At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
    We will remember them.

    By Laurence Binyon.




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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
    Sources Used
  • Documents
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      8 July 1915, p9. AWMM
    • Auckland Weekly News AWMM
      Obituary: 1 July 1915, p. 20. AWMM
    • Northern Advocate AWMM
      Obituary:1 July 1915. AWMM
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