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Pa George Karika

Portrait of three soldiers: Pa George Karika, Iaveta Karika, and Piat M. Mani in greatcoats, with uniform hats, a swaggar sticks. Rarotongan soldiers. Kindly provided by Steven Karika (2010). - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait of three soldiers: Pa George Karika, Iaveta Karika, and Piat M. Mani in greatcoats, with un …


  • 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
    • Victory Medal AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) 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

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  • kia Qrana Papa
    on the 20th april 2023 there a solar eclipse in australia more visible in exmouth WA anway
    honouring on the ANZAC day . Love you Paps
    regards your G/son GK
    Public - george - Direct descendant - 25 April 2023
  • Kia Orana
    Sergeant Pa George Karika. I'm Paying my Respect and Honouring you on this ANZAC day 25 April 2022 Im George Teariki Karika your Mokopuna, son of Takau George Karika. Newsflash: 4 Plants line up with the Moon on the 23 April 2022 Saturn,Mars,Venus,Jupiter this has not happen since 947AD. 1000 yrs ago. Papa just wanna share that with you. Im fascinated to what's beyond the Universe.
    Public - George - Direct descendant - 25 April 2022
  • Papa Pa George Karika Makea Ariki, I give thanks and honour to you today and always for your fight for freedom, our mana, our paradise, our people, Ngati Karika te atua te aroa.
    As a direct descendant of your daughter Tukura Viikirangi Karika Kamana e taimaine inangaro ia au na raua ko Shana Kamana raised daughter/grandaughter olderst daughter of Nooroa.
    We celebrated your daughter Tukura Viikirangi Kamana born 28th May 1921 died 12 February 2015 in Rarotonga. Her descendants your legacy lives on forever. I am forever grateful for mum Tukura your daughter her unconditonal love her wisdom she gave to me and my tamariki one of my sons is named in honour of you. I think about mum/nana everyday forever in my heart and my tamariki te atua te aroa.
    Public - Shana Tiana - Direct descendant - 30 May 2021
  • As daughter of Nooroa, grandaughter to Tukura Viikirang Karika we celebrate Pa George Karika and his descendents that we all remember and continually appreciate the contribution of the legacy before. The sacrifices and mana will never be forgotton. May more of the descendents be born to honor pa george karika contribution and memory and His strength, love and honor continues for ever.
    Public - Shana Tiana - Direct descendant - 30 May 2021
  • kia orana e Papageorge
    today is remembrance ANZAC I appreciate the sacrifice you went through during ww1 .I have your Photos with PapaIaveta & PapaMani On my Instagram Page so Proud of you all. kia Mataora
    Public - george - Other relative - 24 April 2021
  • 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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  • External links
  • References
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      44: 1 AWMM
    • Soutar, M. (2019). Whitiki! Whiti! Whiti! E!: Maori In the First World War. New Zealand: David Bateman Ltd. AWMM
    • Research on Second World War service in the Cook Islands kindly provided by Barry O’Sullivan. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family 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
    • McDonald, W. (2013). Honours and Awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. (3rd ed.). Hamilton, N.Z.: Richard Stowers. 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


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25 April 2023georgeDarwinDirect descendant
25 April 2022GeorgeDarwin, AustrailaDirect descendant
30 May 2021Shana TianaNew ZealandDirect descendant
30 May 2021Shana Mary Ann Tiauna ChristchurchDirect descendant
25 April 2020GeorgeAustraliaOther relative

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