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Carl Marsters

Roll of honour, listing World War 1 soldiers from the Cook Islands. Ref: 1/1-006732-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. This is one of two honours boards. The second relates to the Fourth and Fifth contingents. Both are now housed in the Pioneer Lounge of the Cook Islands RSA. The Two boards originally stood in the old courthouse, but were moved just before a fire destroyed the building. (Information from Henry Wichman of Rarotonga, 2010). /records/22480864

Roll of honour, listing World War 1 soldiers from the Cook Islands. Ref: 1/1-006732-G. Alexander Tur …

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Carl AWMM
  • Surname
    Marsters AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 19237 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    23 June 1894 AWMM Palmerston AtollCook Islands AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 9 July 1916 AWMM Rarotonga, Cook Islands, Pacific Islands AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Tehiwa Marsters (wife), Avaroa, Rarotonga, Cook Islands, Pacific Islands AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 November 1916 AWMM Married AWMM
    Married, 2 children AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Sinai & Palestine AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 19237 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 7.75 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      175 pounds AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Tehiva; his children William Marsters and Sarah Marsters are named on the attestation.

    His descendents have been named Manuka after the ship he sailed in and also Sydney after the port he landed in on his journey to Egypt.

    Manuka then transhipped to "Malwa" at Sydney for Suez. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    1 June 1953 AWMM
    Cook IslandsPolynesia AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Cook Islands Roll of Honour Board, RSA Rarotonga AWMM

Roll of Honour

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  • I have been reserching my Grand uncle's ( Carl Marsters ) war history and collected all of his war records, to date, and I also managed to apply and recieved his war medals that was a bonus, for the last 10 years I have been reserching the Marsters family military history, and a added bonus my family and I attended the ANZAC commermoration in Wellington at the House of Parliment for the 500 Cook Island soldiers that served in that campaign, I displaid my story board of Grand Pa Carl on the night, it was a proud moment in my life to be part of his life also I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Daniela Maoate Cox of national radio on papa Carls war history, and I also displaid his story board at the Atiu hall a week later, as an ex soldier myself I could relate to Papa Carls experience over seas, Papa Carl was my Grand mother Ann Marsters brother and every ANZAC dawn parade I walk si
    Public - Howard Nooroa - Other Relative - 21 August 2015
  • Although I never got to meet my Grandfather/Papa Carl Marsters, I am very proud of him for his contribution & sacrifice in World War 1. Highest ranked Cook Island soldier with 2 medals received, who wouldn't be? I was very proud last year when the 500 Cook Island Soldiers were finally publicly acknowledged in Auckland on ANZAC Day at the Atiu Hall in Mangere & I will be very proud to attend the Auckland War Memorial Museum's Dawn ANZAC Day Parade this year as they will be acknowledged there for the first time as well. Lest we Forget. RIP Papa Carl
    Public - Taupaki - Other Relative - 16 April 2015
  • My grandpa Carl Marsters. Wish he had lived for me to meet him and for him to meet my children and grandchildren. So proud of him and thanking him for having my daddy Parerima Carl Marsters. So blessed to learn that he served our country in WW1 and lived many years later. He's so handsome in his army uniforms, I'm sure many will agree with me that he is the most handsome SOLDIER. Love you papa Carl, thank you.
    Public - Tina - Other Relative - 16 April 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Military Service Record AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Military Service Record AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      44: 1 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. 3: 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
    • This record was partially compiled from information kindly provided by Bobby Nicholas, Paula Paniani and Cate Walker, Cook Islands WW1 NZEF ANZAC Soldiers Research Project AWMM
    • Military Awards
      British War Medal (1914-1920)
      Victory Medal Public - Flora - Other Relative - 13 March 2015 - Military Personnel File
    • Greatgrandfather Public - (Shawn)Jean Tetuanui Paitia - Direct descendant - 25 April 2017 - all above


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
25 April 2017(Shawn)Jean Tetuanui PaitiaAuckland new zealandDirect descendant
21 August 2015Howard NooroaHamilton New ZealandOther Relative
16 April 2015TaupakiNew ZealandOther Relative
16 April 2015TinaAuckland New ZealandOther Relative
13 March 2015FloraPoriruaOther Relative

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