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Pa George Karika

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
    Pa George AWMM
  • Surname
    Karika AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Makea George Pa Karika Ariki AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 19289 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    Church of England Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 11 March 2016 - Military Record

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1 August 1893 AWMM AvaruaRarotonga AWMM
  • Date of birth
    1 August 1893 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 11 March 2016 - Military Record
  • Place of birth
    Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 11 March 2016 - Military Record
  • Birth notes
    son of a leading chief Karika Arihi Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 11 March 2016 - Research
  • Address before enlistment
    Avarua, Rarotonga Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 11 March 2016 - Military Record
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mrs Pa George Karika (wife), Rarotonga, Cook Islands, Pacific Islands AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 16 November 1916 AWMM Married/WWI AWMM
    • 1915 married Takau-upoko-o-Ngariki Ngaupoko in Rarotonga Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 11 March 2016 - Military Record


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Egyptian E.F. Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 11 March 2016 - Military Record
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • NZ Maori Pioneer Contingent & NZ Rarotongan Coy Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 11 March 2016 - Military Record
  • Service number
    WWI 19289 AWMM
  • Military service
    1916-1919 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 11 March 2016 - Military Record
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) AWMM
      18 February 1918 AWMM
      "For conspicuous gallentry and devotion to duty while in command of a platoon. He did excellent work throughout, and set his men a splendid example." Citation (Egypt Oct-Dec 1917) London Gazette 15 February 1918 or London Gazette 18/02/1919 The DCM was presented to Sergeant Karika at Rarotonga on 14 March 1921. AWMM
    • British War Medal
      Victory Medal
      Distinguish Conduct Medal (DCM) Feb 1918: awarded for Gallant & Distinguished services in the Field. For Conspicuous Gallantry & Devotion to duty while in Command of a Platoon. He did excellent work ? and set his men a splendid example Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 11 March 2016 - Military Record

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • 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

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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

    Acceded to the title of Makea Karika Ariki title from 1942 to 1949. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    5 May 1949 AWMM
    Age 56 AWMM
    RarotongaCook Islands AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Taputapu Atea Burial Grounds, Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands AWMM
  • 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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  • kia Orana ,
    Sergeant Pa George Karika, paying respect and honouring my grandPapa.
    your grandson George teariki Karika

    Forward the light brigade was there a man dismayed
    not tho the soldier knew someone had blundered
    their's not to make Reply
    their's not to reason Why
    their's but to do and Die
    into the valley of death rode the six hundred
    by Alfred Lord Tennyson - 1855
    Public - George - Other relative - 25 April 2020
  • Kia Orana
    Pa George karika , thinking of you on this Remembrance Day 11th November .when Peace was declared in WW1 101 years ago, love you from you Mokopuna George karika
    Public - George - Direct descendant - 11 November 2019
  • 19289 Sergeant Pa George Karika paying respect and honouring to you today. Lest We Forget. Aroha your grandson, George Karika.
    Public - george - Direct descendant - 25 April 2019
  • Kia Orana to matou papa Pa George Karika.
    My name is Annie Kelly-Brown, my mother is Aere and my mama is Elizabeth Teokotai Mataiti your daughter. I give thanks and honour you today and always for you are my hero ... you fought for our freedom, our mana, our paradise and our anau Ngati Karika. Na te Atua te aroa ia to tatou anau🌺
    Public - ANNIE - Direct descendant - 25 April 2019
  • Kia orana. It is your grandson, George Karika. Today we remember you on this ANZAC Day. I am proud of you and your achievements. It's been a century but we will never forget you. Aro'a nui.
    Public - George - Direct descendant - 25 April 2018
  • Kia Orana Great Great Grandpa, Its me your Great Great Grandson Ezekiel Tuatea, my Great Grandmother is your daughter Rakera George Karika and I wish I had seen or met you however our generation gap is too wide apart and you'd be over 100 yrs old. I just want you to know that I am a proud of you being part of World War 1. And your courage extends down to the next generations. Ka Kite
    Public - Ezekiel Tuatea - Direct descendant - 16 August 2016
  • Kia orana e toku Papa. So sad that I never got to see you or touch you. So sad I never got to say hello, Papa George. But when I was young, I cleaned and painted your grave stone every year during the tutaka at the Cook Island Christian Church at Avarua, Rarotonga. I am named after you. My father is Takau George Karika, your son. I am so proud of you. You are my hero, Sgt Pa George Karika. Makea Pa George Karika. Tēnā koe. Aroha.
  • My family and I are very proud of you uncle George and I am sure that all of Ngati Karika are proud of you too. You have given of yourself so unreservedly for our freedom, a tribute that we will always treasure and pass on to the next generation(s). May our Lord keep and guide us in all our endeavours.
    Public - Ina - Other Relative - 20 April 2015
  • dear pa george I am you great, great, great grandniece and i would like to tell you if i were to meet you i would think that you are the greatest person in the world for entering the world 1, you sacrefiest your life for not only me, my family, and other people okay i gtg (got to go) i really love i hope i will see you in heaven please guide me to good places
    Public - AMIRIA - 15 March 2015



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11 November 2019GeorgeAustraliaDirect descendant
25 April 2019georgeAustraliaDirect descendant
25 April 2018GeorgeSydneyDirect descendant
16 August 2016Ezekiel TuateaCook Islands,RarotongaDirect descendant
11 March 2016Lorraine MGisborne, NZResearcher
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