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Manu Tutara

"Rarotongan soldiers at Narrow Neck camp" in The War Effort of New Zealand, edited by Lieutenant H.T.B. Drew Whitcombe and Tombs Limited, Wellington 1923. Unable to identify personnel but we believe this image is of the 2nd Rarotongan Contingent part of the 11th Maori Reinforcements (November 1916).

"Rarotongan soldiers at Narrow Neck camp" in The War Effort of New Zealand, edited by Lieutenant H.T …

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Manu AWMM
  • Surname
    Tutara AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
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    WWI 19273 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
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    1889 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra RarotongaCook Islands Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
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    Piki Piki (sister), Rarotonga, Cook Islands, Pacific Islands AWMM
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    Army AWMM
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    WWI 19273 AWMM
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    • Height, WWI AWMM
      5' 6.5" AWMM
    • Weight, WWI AWMM
      150 lb AWMM

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

    War service: Egypt.
    Embarked, 16 November 1916; disembarked from 'Malwa', Suez, 27 December 1916, and posted to NZ Training Regiment, Moascar.
    Marched out to Rarotonga Company, Moascar, 7 April 1917.
    Admitted to Field Ambulance, 14 July 1917 (scabies); rejoined Rarotonga Company, 27 July 1917.
    Attached to No 10 Heavy Battery, Royal Artillery, 5 October 1917; rejoined Rarotongan Company, 9 November 1917.
    Found guilty, 7 January 1918, of failing to parade after being warned to do so: admonished.
    Found guilty, 15 May 1918, of overstaying leave: awarded 7 days' confined to barracks.
    Admitted to No 77 Casualty Clearing Station, 19 May 1918 (torn foreskin); transferred No 47 Stationary Hospital, Gaza, 22 May 1918; to 27 General Hospital, Abbassia, 26 May 1918; to Aotea Convalescent Home, Heliopolis, 21 June 1918; discharged to NZ Training Regiment for duty, Ismailia, 28 June 1918; rejoined Rarotongan Company, in the field, 3 July 1918.
    Admitted No 23 Indian Field Ambulance, 25 July 1918 (pneumonia); transferred to No 36 Stationary Hospital, Gaza, 28 July 1918 (malaria); to 24 Stationary Hospital, Kantara, 1 August 1918; to 27 General Hospital, Abbassia, 2 August 1918; to Aotea Convalescent Home, Heliopolis, 14 August 1918; discharged to NZ Training Regt for duty, 18 August 1918; detached to Desert Mounted Corps Rest Camp, Ismailia, 22 August 1918.
    Admitted No 14 General Hospital, Port Said, 3 September 1918; transferred to Desert Mounted Corps Rest Camp, Port Said, 4 October 1918; rejoined NZ Training Regiment, Ismailia, 12 October 1918.
    Commenced return to New Zealand from Suez on board RL 'Malta', 14 December 1918; admitted to ship's hospital, 14 January 1919; discharged, 20 January 1919; disembarked New Zealand, 28 January 1919; discharged 7 March 1919.
    Total war service: 2 years 242 days (of which 2 years 73 days were abroad).
    Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
    Attested for Home service with Royal New Zealand Artillery, 21 August 1919. AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • 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
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      44: 2 AWMM
    • NZEF Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra 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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