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Turu Hiroti

  • Service number
    • WWI 16/392 AWMM
    • WWII: 816236 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 March 2016 - Military Record
  • Also known as
    Turu Rakerawa HIROTI Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 March 2016 - Death Record (BMD NZ Records)
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • 1st NZ Maori Contingent; Post WWI: Officer Reserves; WWII: Fordell Btn & Recruitment Officer Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 March 2016 - Military Record
  • Last rank
  • War
New Zealand. Army. 1st Maori Contingent. Scroll of the 1st New Zealand Maori Contingent, 1915. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-624. Cultural Permissions may apply.
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Turu AWMM
  • Surname
    Hiroti AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Turu Rakerawa HIROTI Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 March 2016 - Death Record (BMD NZ Records)
  • Service number
    • WWI 16/392 AWMM
    • WWII: 816236 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 March 2016 - Military Record
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    Church of England Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 March 2016 - Military Record

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
    WWI: 30 Dec 1885; WWII: 30 December 1890 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 March 2016 - Military Record
  • Place of birth
    Whangaehu, Whanganui Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 March 2016 - Military Record
  • Birth notes
    Son of Hiroti Pahona Haimona and Ngawati Ngatatau Katarina Matewai Warena Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 March 2016 - Military Record & Research
  • Address before enlistment
    • Unknown AWMM Wanganui, New Zealand AWMM
    • Unknown AWMM Unknown address AWMM
    • Whangaehu, Whanganui Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 March 2016 - Military Record
  • Post war occupation
    Dairy Farmer
    Justice of the Peace
    Home Guard & WWII Maori Recruitment Officer in Whanganui Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 March 2016 - Military Record & Research
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mrs Katarina Hiroti (mother), Gonville, Wanganui, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs Katarina Hiroti (mother), Wanganui, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Eyptian, Egyptian EF & Western European; WWII: Home Guard Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 March 2016 - Military Record
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • 1st NZ Maori Contingent; Post WWI: Officer Reserves; WWII: Fordell Btn & Recruitment Officer Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 March 2016 - Military Record
  • Service number
    • WWI 16/392 AWMM
    • WWII: 816236 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 March 2016 - Military Record
  • Military service
    1914-1919; 1920 Reserves; WWII: 1941-1944 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 March 2016 - Military Record
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers
    WWI: Private > 2nd/Lt > Lt Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 March 2016 - Military Record

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Military Cross (MC) AWMM
    • Military Cross (MC) AWMM
      London Gazette 01/01/1917 AWMM
    • 1914-1915 Star
      British War Medal
      Victory Medal
      (MC) The Military Cross: Jan 1917 awarded for act of exemplary gallantry in the field Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 March 2016 - Military Record

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Te Aute College's Cadets Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 March 2016 - Military Record
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment
    WWI: 28yrs Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 March 2016 - Military Record

Embarkations

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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
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      1916 wounded AWMM
    • Sept 1916 wounded at Somme; Feb 1919 severely sick with Pneumonia Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 March 2016 - Military Record

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    • Captain Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 March 2016 - Military Record

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Listed as wounded in the Chronicles of the NZEF 1916 (2) p. 40 AWMM
    • EVERY MAN WANTED.
      Lieut. Turu Hiroti, of Wanganui, who left with the First Maori Expeditionary Force, returned yesterday looking very well, indeed. Lieut. Hiroti, when interviewed by a "Chronicle" representative, state that as with other members of the Expeditionary Forces he was severely restricted in regard to his utterances. Our representative, however, was successful in obtaining from him one or two statements of interest to the community at large. Lieut. Hiroti was with the Maori Contingent right in the midst of the great attack in which the Maoris gained such great kudos. It was a severe test and any doubts as to what they were capable of doing was soon set at rest. They attacked magnificently and they were well worthy of the splendid reports which had since come to hand. They have made a great name in the firing line. Lieut. Hiroti states also that there is every necessity for every man possible preparing to go to the Front. The next reinforcements, both English and Maori will be much welcomed. Lieut. Hiroti is on leave for ten days, after which he is to report himself at Wellington for "special duties." Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 March 2016 - Wanganui Chronicle, Volume LX, Issue 20482, 14 October 1915, Page 4
    • Captain Turu Hiroti, M.C., of Wangaehu, who left with the Main Body Maori Contingent, is returning on the Athenic, which is due in Wellington on 23rd inst. Captain Hiroti has seen considerable service in Gallipoli and France. The local natives are preparing to entertain him at Aotea Hall, Putiki, and the local chiefs, Takarangi Mete Kingi and Mete Takarangi are moving in the matter. Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 March 2016 - Wanganui Chronicle, Volume LXXIV, Issue 17635, 7 August 1919, Page 4
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Death

About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
    1955 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 March 2016 - BMD NZ Records & http://teaohou.natlib.govt.nz/journals/teaohou/issue/Mao11TeA/c4.html
  • Age at death
    69yrs Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 March 2016 - BMD NZ Records & http://teaohou.natlib.govt.nz/journals/teaohou/issue/Mao11TeA/c4.html
  • Place of death
    Woodville Race Course, Woodville Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 March 2016 - BMD NZ Records & http://teaohou.natlib.govt.nz/journals/teaohou/issue/Mao11TeA/c4.html
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
    Whangaehu Urupa, Whanganui Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 March 2016 - BMD NZ Records & http://teaohou.natlib.govt.nz/journals/teaohou/issue/Mao11TeA/c4.html
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    TURU HIROTI
    A Maori Justice of the Peace, Turu Hiroti, collapsed and died at a Woodville race meeting in January. He was aged 69.
    Mr Hiroti, who lived at Whangaehu, was one of the few Maori J.P.s in New Zealand. He was also a member of the administrative body of the Ratana Pa.

    He served in the army during World War I, rising to the rank of captain. He was awarded the Military Cross and was mentioned in dispatches. Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 March 2016 - BMD NZ Records & http://teaohou.natlib.govt.nz/journals/teaohou/issue/Mao11TeA/c4.html
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Memorials

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Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 332 AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      21: 42 AWMM
    • Soutar, M. (2019). Whitiki! Whiti! Whiti! E!: Maori In the First World War. New Zealand: David Bateman Ltd. AWMM

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