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Walter Heany

  • Service number
    WWI 16/574 AWMM
  • Also known as
    Walter Hoany AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • 1st NZ Maori Contingent Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 14 October 2015 - 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
    Private Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 14 October 2015 - Military Record
  • Forenames
    Walter AWMM
  • Surname
    Heany AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Walter Hoany AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 16/574 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    Presbyterian Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 14 October 2015 - Military Record

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
    1889 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 14 October 2015 - Military Record
  • Place of birth
    Litchfield, Waikato Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 14 October 2015 - Military Record
  • Birth notes
    son of Sgt Major Alexander M Heany and Mere (Mary) Gordon (born Halbert). Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 14 October 2015 - Research
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Coronation Hotel, Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Donald Gordon (mother), Toheroa Station, Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 14 February 1915 AWMM Single AWMM
    • 1922 married Kate Joseph Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 14 October 2015 - Research

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Egyptian & Egyptian EF - Gallipoli; Western European Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 14 October 2015 - Military Record
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • 1st NZ Maori Contingent Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 14 October 2015 - Military Record
  • Service number
    WWI 16/574 AWMM
  • Military service
    1915-1919 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 14 October 2015 - Military Record
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers
    Private to L/Cpl Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 14 October 2015 - Military Record

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    1914-1915 Star
    British War Medal
    Victory Medal Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 25 February 2016 - Military record

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    • WW1 AWMM
    • 30 Jan 1915 at Avondale Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 14 October 2015 - Military Record
  • Occupation before enlistment
    Station Hand Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 14 October 2015 - Military Record
  • Age on enlistment
    26yrs Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 14 October 2015 - Military Record

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • 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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  • Last rank
    Private Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 14 October 2015 - Military record

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • 12 Nov 1917
    IN A TIGHT CORNER.
    HOW LIEUT. KAIPARA. AND HIS COMRADES FELL.
    Corporal Walter Heany, of the N.Z. Pioneers, writing to his mother, Mrs. Donald Gordon, of Gisborne, gives the first details that have been received respecting the death of Lieut. S A.P Kaipara and a number of other East Coast members of the Pioneers. The writer explains that the battalion went out wiring a stronghold that the New Zealanders had taken from the Germans. Fritz had made things very warm for them since, Corporal Heany remarks. The Pioneers got to within 100 yards of where they had to erect the entanglements, when Fritz opened up on them. The boys halted for it awhile, and then moved through shell fire to their sector. Shells were thrown all around them, and machine gun fire was turned on, this being about 1.3O a.m. The writer, details the circumstances under which Bill Morris, of Gisborne (wounded), was carried out to, the dressing station. On the way back they were up to their waists in mud, and Fritz concentrated fire on them, thus delaying them a good deal. The shells were bashing in the trenches and ploughing through the mud in the shell fire was a trying experience. Patience, however, got them through safely, though they were all fairly exhausted. Lieut. Kaipara rushed along and requested them 'to go back for Ehau, another Gisbornite who was wounded in the leg. As there was no one else he and his mate went back again with Kaipara. They were fairly beaten, and shells were falling worse than ever. Kaipara kept urging them to hurry, but they were so done up they could hardly for dear life lift their legs out of the boggy ground. Frequently they had to put the stretcher down, and then shells would burst near them, the concussion knocking them over in the mud. Eventually his mate dragged himself back to get fresh men, and he could hear Ehau calling "Come on, Heany" but he was completely knocked up. It was then that Kaipara dropped, shot through the head by a piece of shell. The writer went on to say that he had simply to lie down in the mud with the pathetic words still ringing in his ears and cursing himself for being unable to carry on. Subsequently he managed to drag himself out and to get fresh men to carry the wounded out. Two nights later they went out again to dig a trench and about midnight Fritz poured shells into them again. One shell came into the trench and killed Viv Ruru and another chap who had just joined up, besides wounding Trotter and Maharangi Pohatu. Heany was placed in charge to carry Trotter down to the dressing station, where he learned than Kaa, the Ngati Porou officer was killed, also Winiana and Dick Hale (corporal of the section). The party was carrying out one of the fellows (killed), when a shell landed right in the middle of them. With an officer, the writer went back and found their bodies, which were brought in and laid to rest. All were Gisborne and Coast boys. Donald Cameron was killed the same night as Kaipara. The casualties during the two nights were Killed, Lieutenants P Kaa, Kaipara, Cameron, and MacNeil, Corporal Hale, Privates V. Ruru, A. Kopua, Winiana. wounded: -Lieutenant J Ehau, Privates R. Trotter. W. Morris, Manuel, M. Pohatu, and P Kingi Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 20 July 2015 - Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLIV, Issue 14452, 12 November 1917, Page 7
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Death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
    May 1952 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 14 October 2015 - Gisborne Cemetery Records
  • Age at death
    65yrs Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 14 October 2015 - Gisborne Cemetery Records
  • Place of death
    Gisborne, NZ Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 14 October 2015 - Gisborne Cemetery Records
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
    Taruheru Cemetery, Gisborne Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 14 October 2015 - Gisborne Cemetery Records
  • Grave reference
    Block 18; Plot 1; Warrant # 7052 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 14 October 2015 - Gisborne Cemetery Records
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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
      Page No: 319 AWMM
    • New Zealand. Army. 1st Maori Contingent. Scroll of the 1st New Zealand Maori Contingent, 1915. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-624. AWMM
    • Soutar, M. (2019). Whitiki! Whiti! Whiti! E!: Maori In the First World War. New Zealand: David Bateman Ltd. AWMM

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