Staff Sergeant Major Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 2 July 2015 - Military Record
William Tutepuaki AWMM
Also known as
- Billy AWMM
- Wiremu Tutepuaki Pitt Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 8 August 2015 - News Reports
- Ngāti Porou AWMM
- Te Aitanga Mahaki & Ngati Porou Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 8 August 2015 - Research
Taupara Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 8 August 2015 - Research
Anglican Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 2 July 2015 - Military Record
POW liberation details
POW serial number
Other, WWI AWMM
Nature of Injury: Heart disease
Percent of disability: [Not stated]
Source: New Zealand. Army (1920). List of the names of all ex-members of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, suffering permanent disability from 20% to 100% AWMM
He married Miss Katherine Rogers in December 1909.
Pitt was present at Kimberley Camp and detached for duty on fit horses in February 1900, as Sergeant.
'Captured at Koornspruit in March 1900 but was placed in temporary charge of wounded military attache, whom he was instructed to convey to a nearby farm. This he did, and then quietly slipped away with the waggon and returned to Bloemfontein.' (Stowers, p.174)
Pitt joined the Orange River Colony Provisional Mounted Police in May 1900.
He left Cape Town aboard the S.S. 'Tongariro' in April 1900.
Pitt joined the Regimental Staff, North Island Regiment, 8 NZMR as Lieutenant and Paymaster, sailing from Auckland abaord the S.S. 'Surrey' in February 1902. (Stowers, p.174)
Present address (as listed in New Zealand. Army (1920). List of the names of all ex-members of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, suffering permanent disability from 20% to 100%): 421 Gladstone Road, Gisborne AWMM
1 June 1937 AWMM
Age 60 AWMM
Date of death
Age at death
Place of death
Gisborne, NZ Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 3 September 2015 - Gisborne Cemetery Records
Cause of death
Taruheru Cemetery, Nelson Road, Gisborne District, New Zealand AWMM Block S Plot 94 AWMM
CAPTAIN W.T. PITT
(By Telegraph—Press Association.) GISBORNE, ;This Day.
The death occurred on his sixtieth birthday of Captain W. T. Pitt, a leading member of the Maori race. Captain Pitt served with the First New Zealand Contingent in the Boer War, and on the outbreak of the Great War joined the first Maori contingent, seeing service on Gallipoli and in France. In recent years he was a Maori welfare officer under the Native Department, taking a prominent part'in land development schemes. In his earlier years Captain Pitt was a prominent footballer, and was captain of the Poverty Bay,fteam for several, seasons. Latterly lie was a member of .the Maori Rugby Advisory Board. Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 2 July 2015 - Evening Post 1 June 1937
Gisborne's SA Boer War Memorial - refer to document attached, 'Gisborne Boys in SA Boer War' Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 3 September 2015 - Research
Roll of Honour
Remember William Tutepuaki Pitt by laying a poppy.
Leave a note
Leave a tribute or memory of
William Tutepuaki Pitt
I am a great-grandson of Gladys Douglas Dean-Pitt Reid, a first cousin of Captain Pitt. I just wanted to say that I am sorry my branch of the family was mean to his because of his Maori mother. This is very sad, especially because my great-grandmother, being a Birdwood, had Indian blood, although she may not have known it. Again, I apologize, and I admire his service and his heritage. Geoffrey A. Todd
Public - Geoffrey Allan - Other relative - 5 February 2017
- St Clair Inglis, A. (c1902). Souvenir Album of the first New Zealand Contingent South African War. Auckland, N.Z.: Arthur Cleave & Co. AWMM
- Stowers, R. (1992). Kiwi versus Boer : the First New Zealand Mounted Rifles in the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902. Hamilton, N.Z.: R. Stowers. AWMM
- New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
Vol1: 585 AWMM
- Taruheru Cemetery, Nelson Road, Gisborne District, New Zealand AWMM
Cemetery register no. 3143 AWMM
- McGibbon, I.C. & Crawford, J. A.B. (c2003). One flag, one queen, one tongue : New Zealand, the British Empire and the South African War, 1899-1902. Auckland University Press, Auckland, N.Z. AWMM
- New Zealand. Army (1920). List of the names of all ex-members of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, suffering permanent disability from 20% to 100%, compiled from returns supplied by the Commissioner of Pensions, in respect to: a) Permanent War Pensions, and from returns supplied by the Director-General of Medical Services, regarding: b) Discharged and undischarged hospital patients, assessed as suffering permanent disability, but not yet in receipt of a pension at date (28-4-20). New Zealand. Director-General of Medical Services. NZ Times Co. (Printer). AWMM
- Soutar, M. (2019). Whitiki! Whiti! Whiti! E!: Maori In the First World War. New Zealand: David Bateman Ltd. AWMM
|05 February 2017||Geoffrey Allan||Wichita, Kansas, U.S.A||Other relative||
|02 July 2015||Lorraine M ||Gisborne, Nz||Researcher||
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.