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Purie Davi Harry

3/4 portrait of Corporal Harry, probably (private in the roll) Purie Dave Harry, Reg No 16/1371, of the 3rd Maori Contingent, Rarotongans, New Zealand Maori Pioneer Battalion. (Photographer: Herman Schmidt, 1916). Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 31-H2289. No known copyright.

3/4 portrait of Corporal Harry, probably (private in the roll) Purie Dave Harry, Reg No 16/1371, of …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Purie Davi AWMM
  • Surname
    Harry AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Purie Dave Harry AWMM
    • Dave Will Harry AWMM
    • Niutonga AWMM
    • Purie Dave AWMM
    • Purie Dave Harry AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 16/1371 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
    Pre 6 January 1916 AWMM Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Niutoga (father), Niue Island, Pacific Islands AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1914-1916 Egypt AWMM
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 16/1371 AWMM
  • Military service
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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 6 January 1916 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
    Cook/Military AWMM
    Narrow NeckDevonport AWMM
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  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 8.5 inches AWMM
    • Distinguishing marks, Unknown Period AWMM
      tattoos AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Chest troubles AWMM
    • Height, WWI AWMM
      5' 8.5" AWMM

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Biographical information

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  • Listed on the Nominal Roll as Purie Dave Harry and on the casualty and final discharge form. Listed as Dave Will Harry reservist New Zealand World War I service personnel and reserves index [electronic resource]. (2002)

    Appointed Lance Corporal, at sea; disembarked Suez, 15 March 1916.
    Embarked Port Said to join the British Expeditionary Force, France, 9 April 1916.
    Attached to NZ Infantry Base Depot, Etaples, 3 June 1916.
    Marched out to England, 4 June 1916; attached to strength, NZ Command Depot, Hornchurch, 5 June 1916.
    Commenced return to New Zealand on board SS 'Arawa', 14 July 1916; discharged, Auckland (no longer physically fit for War Service on account of illness contracted on Active Service), 2 October 1916.
    Total war service: 273 days (of which 213 days were abroad) AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • New Zealand World War I service personnel and reserves index [electronic resource]. (2002). Auckland, N.Z.: St Johns Branch New Zealand Society of Genealogists. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      25: 3 AWMM
    • NZEF Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 1: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Weddell, H. (2016). Soldiers from the Pacific : the story of Pacific Island soldiers in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in World War One. Wellington, New Zealand : Defence of New Zealand Study Group. AWMM
    • Soutar, M. (2019). Whitiki! Whiti! Whiti! E!: Maori In the First World War. New Zealand: David Bateman Ltd. AWMM

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