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Tapapa Kuraia

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  • Service number
    WWI 19252 AWMM
  • Also known as
    • K. Tapapa AWMM
    • Kuraia Tapapa AWMM
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    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
  • War
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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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Tapapa AWMM
  • Surname
    Kuraia AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • K. Tapapa AWMM
    • Kuraia Tapapa AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 19252 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

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  • Birth
    1886 Cook Islands WW1 Project AtiuCook Islands Cook Islands WW1 Project
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Tapapa (father), Areora, Atiu, Cook Islands, Pacific Islands AWMM
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  • War
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    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 19252 AWMM
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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
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Medical history

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    Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
    Tuberculosis AWMM

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Biographical information

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  • Listed on the Cook Islands Roll of Honour Board, RSA Rarotonga, as 'Pte Tapapa K'. Source: WW1 NZEF ANZAC Soldiers Research Project.

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

    Next of Kin/Family member/s: Tapapa (Father), Areora, Atiu

    Notes: Returned 29/08/1918. Died on 30/08/1924 of tuberculosis.

    Cook Islands Roll of Honour records his name as "K Tapapa". Listed on the Atiu Cenotaph as Pte Kuraia Tapapa.

    Headstone/Grave Location: Areroa, Village, Atiu. Buried behind the house of Lucy Kautai Mateariki. The original military headstone is missing on the grave. AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    30 August 1924 AWMM
    AtiuCook Islands AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
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  • Cause of death
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    Areroa, Village, Atiu. Buried behind the house of Lucy Kautai Mateariki. AWMM
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  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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

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Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • 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
    • ‘Finding Our Way Back to Atiu’, Parts 1 -4, Cook Islands Television News/Cook Islands WW1 NZEF ANZAC Soldiers Research Project, 2019 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
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