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Private Filitona [sic]. (Source: Auckland Weekly News, 5 October 1916, p. 40) - No known copyright restrictions

Private Filitona [sic]. (Source: Auckland Weekly News, 5 October 1916, p. 40) - No known copyright r …


  • Title
  • Forenames
  • Surname
    Filitoua AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Filitona AWMM
    • Notknown Filitoua AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 16/1046 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1894 Military personnel file MakefuNiue Military personnel file
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Makefu, Niue Island, Pacific Islands AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Felevehetupe (wife), Makefu, Niue Island, Pacific Islands AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 5 February 1916 AWMM Married/WWI AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
    • 1914-1916 Egypt AWMM
    • 1914-1919 Egyptian Expeditionary Force (EEF) AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 16/1046 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 30 September 1915 Military personnel file Settler/Civilian Military personnel file
    AlofiNiue Military personnel file
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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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
    Died of Sickness, Cause of Death AWMM
    Pneumonia AWMM

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Biographical information

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  • Departed Alofi, Niue Island on 14 October 1915 on board SS Te Anau (Pointer 2000, p. 13).

    Arrived Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand on 19 October 1915 (Pointer 2000, p. 18).

    Sailed from Port Said, Egypt, to Marseilles, France, on board SS Canada on 9 April 1916. (Pointer 2000, p. 172)

    His name is in the Register of Burials in the Parish of Hornchurch, Essex, 1916, No. 1350, p. 169.

    "16/1071 Private Lavaika of Alofi and his brother 16/1047 Private Finiki and 16/1046 Private Filitoua of Makefu would have been unaware of the departure on 17 June of the first group of 40 men returning to New Zealand. Two days later Filitoua died and the Reverend Evans [Rev. J. Benson Evans] was called in yet again to conduct a burial service for a Niuean." (Pointer 2000, p. 50)

    Because of a shortage of space in the churchyard, they lie in a shared grave. (Pointer 2000, p. 183 n16)

    Although the headstone of Private Filitoua records his age as being 22 years at the time of his death, the Hornchurch Burial Register records it as 17 years. He was buried on 21 June 1916.

    Name mispelt as Filitona by the Auckland Weekly News 1916 AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    19 June 1916 Military personnel file
    Age 22 AWMM
    HornchurchEssex Military personnel file
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Hornchurch (St Andrew) Churchyard, Essex, England AWMM I. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Alofi National Memorial, Niue AWMM

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  • Thank you for everything you have done for not only our country but for our family aswell. I only wish that one day we meet and you can tell me all your experiences at such a young age. Koe kia and ofa atu kia mutolu. A debt that can never be paid, but will live in memory of what you have done.
    Public - Vaguna - Direct descendant - 9 December 2020
    Public - RU J ENATULENI - Direct descendant - 9 December 2020
  • Fakaue Lahi x
    Public - RU J ENATULENI - Direct descendant - 9 December 2020
  • Monu Tagaloa
    Public - RU J ENATULENI - Direct descendant - 9 December 2020



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  • External links
  • References
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      25: 3 AWMM
    • Pointer, M. (2000). Tagi tote e loto haaku - My heart is crying a little : Niue Island involvement in the Great War, 1914-1918. Alofi, Niue ; Suva, Fiji: Government of Niue ; Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific. AWMM
      pp. 13, 18, 50, 53, 54, 131, 134, 170, 172, 183 n16. AWMM
    • Pointer, M. (2015). Niue 1774-1974 : 200 years of conflict and change. Dunedin, New Zealand : Otago University Press. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 2: Includes portrait 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
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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09 December 2020RU J ENATULENISYDNEY AUSTRALIADirect descendant
09 December 2020VagunaSydney, AustraliaDirect descendant
08 June 2020BenHornchurch, Essex, England. Other

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