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Wi Kepa Priestley

  • Service number
    WWI 16/833 AWMM
  • Also known as
    • Prietley AWMM
    • Wi Keepa Priestley Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 29 February 2016 - Death BMD NZ Record
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • 2nd NZ Maori Pioneer Battalion Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 29 February 2016 - Military Record
  • Last rank
  • War
Seated portrait of Wi Kepa Priestley in uniform (16/833). Image kindly provided by Priestley family (2016). Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Seated portrait of Wi Kepa Priestley in uniform (16/833). Image kindly provided by Priestley family …

Identity

  • Title
    Private Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 29 February 2016 - Military Record
  • Forenames
    Wi Kepa AWMM
  • Surname
    Priestley AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Prietley AWMM
    • Wi Keepa Priestley Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 29 February 2016 - Death BMD NZ Record
  • Service number
    WWI 16/833 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    Church of England Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 29 February 2016 - Military Record

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
    23 January 1895 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 29 February 2016 - Military record
  • Place of birth
    Tolaga Bay Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 29 February 2016 - Military record
  • Birth notes
    son of William Augustus Priestley & Kate Campbell Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 29 February 2016 - Military record
  • Address before enlistment
    • Unknown AWMM Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
    • Park Race Course, Gisborne Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 29 February 2016 - Military record
  • Post war occupation
    Truck Driver & Millhand & handyman in Te Araroa Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 29 February 2016 - https://sites.google.com/site/priestleyafamilyhistory/kepa
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    William Priestley, Caretaker, Park Racecourse, Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 18 September 1915 AWMM Single AWMM
    • 1920 married (1) Gladys Mary May JONES
      P2. Kath Morris
      M2. Te Aorere Bristowe Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 29 February 2016 - https://sites.google.com/site/priestleyafamilyhistory/kepa

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Egytpian, Egytpian EF & Western European Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 29 February 2016 - Military Record
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • 2nd NZ Maori Pioneer Battalion Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 29 February 2016 - Military Record
  • Service number
    WWI 16/833 AWMM
  • Military service
    1915-1919 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 29 February 2016 - Military Record
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    1914-1915 Star
    British War Medal
    Victory Medal Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 29 February 2016 - Military Record

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    • WW1 AWMM
    • 8 July 1915 at Takapuna Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 29 February 2016 - Military Record
  • Occupation before enlistment
    Plumber for Fred Hall & Son of Gisborne Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 29 February 2016 - Military record
  • Age on enlistment
    20yrs 5mths Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 29 February 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

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    Private Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 29 February 2016 - Military Record

Biographical information

Biographical information

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Death

About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
    14 June 1969 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 29 February 2016 - https://sites.google.com/site/priestleyafamilyhistory/kepa
  • Age at death
    73yrs Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 29 February 2016 - https://sites.google.com/site/priestleyafamilyhistory/kepa
  • Place of death
    Te Araroa, East Coast, NZ Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 29 February 2016 - https://sites.google.com/site/priestleyafamilyhistory/kepa
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
    Marangairoa Urupa at Awatere, Te Araroa, East Coast Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 29 February 2016 - https://sites.google.com/site/priestleyafamilyhistory/kepa
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name

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Sources

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: 594 AWMM
    • Soutar, M. (2019). Whitiki! Whiti! Whiti! E!: Maori In the First World War. New Zealand: David Bateman Ltd. AWMM

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