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William Tutepuaki Pitt

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Identity

  • Title
    Staff Sergeant Major Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 2 July 2015 - Military Record
  • Forenames
    William Tutepuaki AWMM
  • Surname
    Pitt AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Billy AWMM
    • Wiremu Tutepuaki Pitt Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 8 August 2015 - News Reports
  • Service number
    • 98 AWMM
    • 16/499 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
    • Ngāti Porou AWMM
    • Te Aitanga Mahaki & Ngati Porou Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 8 August 2015 - Research
  • Hapū
    Taupara Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 8 August 2015 - Research
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    Anglican Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 2 July 2015 - Military Record

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
    1877 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 11 August 2015 - Military record & Research
  • Place of birth
    Gisborne, NZ Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 11 August 2015 - Military record & Research
  • Birth notes
    son of Major Chowell Dean Pitt & Maata Te Owai Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 11 August 2015 - Military record & Research
  • Address before enlistment
    • Unknown AWMM Unknown AWMM
    • Unknown AWMM 18 Selwyn Terrace, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mr C. Dean Pitt, Gisborne Club, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs E.R. Pitt (wife), C/o W. Rogers, Ohinemutu, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 21 October 1899 AWMM Single AWMM
    • Pre 14 February 1915 AWMM Married AWMM
    • 5 Jan 1909 married Katherine Rangikawhiti Rogers Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 11 August 2015 - Military record & Research

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Relief of Kimberley AWMM
    • Paardeberg AWMM
    • Driefontein AWMM
    • 24 May 1900-31 May 1902 Transvaal AWMM
    • 1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • NZ Mounted Rifles Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 2 July 2015 - Military Record
  • Service number
    • 98 AWMM
    • 16/499 AWMM
  • Military service
    • 1st & 8th NZ Contingent Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 2 July 2015 - Military Record
    • SA War = 1899-1902; WWI 1914-1920 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 2 July 2015 - Military Record
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    • South Africa Clerk AWMM
    • WW1 Unknown AWMM Unknown/Civilian AWMM
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    • SA War: 1st Contingent: October 1899
      8th Contingent: 21 Jan 1902 at Wellington
      WWI: 26 Oct 1914 at W Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 12 August 2015 - Military Record
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment
    1st cngt: 22 yrs; 8th Cngt: 24 yrs; WWI: 37 yrs Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 12 August 2015 - 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
    Other, WWI AWMM
    Nature of Injury: Heart disease Pension: 10/- 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

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • 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
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    1 June 1937 AWMM
    Age 60 AWMM
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  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
    Gisborne, NZ Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 3 September 2015 - Gisborne Cemetery Records
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Taruheru Cemetery, Nelson Road, Gisborne District, New Zealand AWMM Block S Plot 94 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    OBITUARY

    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
  • Memorial name
    Gisborne's SA Boer War Memorial - refer to document attached, 'Gisborne Boys in SA Boer War' Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 3 September 2015 - Research
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Memorials

Memorial

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  • 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

Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • 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
      p.125 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

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DateNameLocationRelationshipContact
05 February 2017Geoffrey AllanWichita, Kansas, U.S.AOther relative
02 July 2015Lorraine M Gisborne, NzResearcher