Peter Rangihiroa AWMM
Also known as
- Peter Henry Buck AWMM
- Te Rangi Hiroa AWMM
WWI 16/593 AWMM
Date of birth
Place of birth
Address before enlistment
Pre 15 January 1915 AWMM Ohaeawai, Bay of Islands, New Zealand AWMM
Post war occupation
Next of kin on embarkation
Mrs Margaret Buck (wife), care of Mrs Wilson, Manor Street, Milton, New Zealand AWMM
Pre 14 February 1915 AWMM Married AWMM
POW liberation details
POW serial number
Son of William Henry Buck and Rina. Husband of Margaret Wilson
NZ Member of Parliament, 1909-14.
Cabinet Minister, 1912-14.
He and other Maori MPs helped to recruit a Maori volunteer contingent.
Embarked 1915 for the Middle East, sent with the Main Body to land on Gallipoli where Buck was twice Mentioned in Dispatches.
After the withdrawal from Gallipoli the Maori troops were reorganised into the New Zealand Pioneer Battalion and sent to France
Promoted to Major, 2nd in Command of the New Zealand Pioneer Battalion (1916-1919) and in actual command in the latter stages of the war.
1917 transferred to No 4 New Zealand Field Ambulance
He was awarded the DSO 4 June 1917 for distinguished services in France and Flanders
May 1918 posted to Britain and in September to No 3 New Zealand General Hospital at Codford
Published his anthropological research which included measuring the physical features of the men from the Pioneer battalion in the Journal of the Polynesian Society in 1922--23.
Buck's ashes were interred at Okoti, North Taranaki, New Zealand in 1954.
A copy of a letter written by Major Buck to his commanding officer regarding the potential cultural implications of marriages between Maori servicemen and European women is held in the Auckland Museum Library's Manuscripts Collection (MS 2004/89). Listed at Archives New Zealand as BUCK, Peter Henry - WW1 16/593 - Army
British [Pattern 1897] Infantry Officers sword and scabbard, WW1 Said to have belonged to Sir Peter Buck
leather scabbard with plated steel mouthpiece and a strap to attach it to the frog button of a Sam Browne belt; leather sword frog, marked in ink "PHB" markings: George V monogram on hilt; embossed star on leather wrap of scabbard; scabbard and sword frog initialled in ink under leather flap "PHB" - Sword on long term loan to 28 Maori Museum, Waitangi AWMM
Date of death
Age at death
Place of death
Cause of death
Te Ao Hou AWMM
Roll of Honour
Remember Peter Rangihiroa Buck by laying a poppy.
Leave a note
Leave a tribute or memory of
Peter Rangihiroa Buck
Another great Taranaki leader and a son of Tokomaru Waka stand proud like your Whanaungatanga Eruera Te Whiti O Rongomai Love and George Frederick Bertrand, Te Atiawa Nui Tonu.
Public - Te Atiawa Nui Tonu - 5 December 2016
hi my great aunty was margaret Wilson who was married to sir Peter Buck . it was a hidden secret for some reason growing up . I beleive because my grandfather was taught not to talk about it . but he's gone now and I'm hearing all these stories on many trips with sir Peter and margaret . I want to research Margarets and my grandads life (because I beleive he was a half cast yet we were never allowed to talk about it . his name was jack Palmer who married hazel and had my dad terry . any information if love to know . they have little information abt their lives and where they came from so I'm keen to learn . thanku deidre Palmer
Public - deidre lock (Palmer ) - Other relative - 4 August 2016
Until recently, I only had scant details about Sir Peter Buck (he is my late Grandfather's cousin on the maternal side, his mother being Annie Buck, sister of William Henry Buck). What an amazing man! He is truly an inspiration to me and if I can only partially follow in his footsteps I would be eternally grateful. I would love to have met him. His life has the makings of a Hollywood blockbuster. I am proud to share even a little of his DNA.
Public - Karen - Other relative - 2 August 2016
On this Gallipoli Centenary ANZAC Day your Buck, Griffith and Cooper Anglo Irish family members remember and pay tribute to you and your extraordinary wide ranging and majestic achievements.
Public - George - Other Relative - 24 April 2015
Your stone lays by my heart. watch over us xxxx
Public - Aiyana - Other Relative - 22 April 2015
He tohu maumahara he tohu aroha i a koe.
Public - Miriama - Other Relative - 19 April 2015
- Military Personnel file AWMM
- Honours and awards of the 2nd NZEF: the Military Medal (1966). Wellington, N.Z.: Army Headquarters. AWMM
- Polaschek, A. (1983). The Complete New Zealand Distinguished Conduct Medal. Christchurch, N.Z.: Medals Research. AWMM
- New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
Vol1: 90 AWMM
- Auckland Returned Services Association, Onehunga Branch. Papers relating to World Wars I and II. 1916 - 1918, 1933 - 1944. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2004/89. AWMM
- Auckland War Memorial Museum, Pictorial Collections: NZ Herald Collection. AWMM
Sir Peter Buck's Memorial, Urenui, Taranaki. 1954 AWMM
- Auckland War Memorial Museum, Pictorial Collections: Official H Series [World War 1 photographs] AWMM
- Journal of the Polynesian Society AWMM
- Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2015). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-3). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
Vol. 4: Includes portrait AWMM
- Soutar, M. (2019). Whitiki! Whiti! Whiti! E!: Maori In the First World War. New Zealand: David Bateman Ltd. AWMM
|05 December 2016||Te Atiawa Nui Tonu||Taranaki||Other||
|04 August 2016||deidre lock (Palmer ) ||auckland NZ ||Other relative||
|02 August 2016||Karen||Melbourne, Australia||Other relative||
|24 April 2015||George||Sydney Australia||Other Relative||
|22 April 2015||Aiyana||kaitaia||Other Relative||
The development of the Online Cenotaph is an ongoing process; updates, new images and records are added weekly. In some cases, records have yet to be confirmed by Museum staff, and there could be mistakes or omissions in the information provided.