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Solomon Itaaka

Portrait of Corporal Solomon Isaacs. Image courtesy of Bobby Nicholas, Paula Paniani and Cate Walker, Cook Islands WW1 NZEF ANZAC Soldiers Research Project. Image is subject to copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Corporal Solomon Isaacs. Image courtesy of Bobby Nicholas, Paula Paniani and Cate Walker …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Solomon AWMM
  • Surname
    Itaaka AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Issacs AWMM
    • Soloman AWMM
    • Isaaka Solomona AWMM
    • Isaacs Solomon AWMM
    • Solomon Isaacs AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 16/1033 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    21 December 1894 Military personnel file AitutakiCook Islands Military personnel file
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Pre Oct 1915 AWMM Northcote, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW1 Henry Issacs, Tautu, Aitutaki, Cook Islands, Pacific Islands AWMM
    • Isaac Solomona (grandson), Tepora Solomona (grand daughter); Rarotonga, Cook Islands: Teariki Solomona (grandson); Aitutaki, Cook Islands Public - Isaac - 29 January 2015 - family
  • Relationship status
    • 1919 AWMM Single/WWI AWMM
    • Aug 1922 AWMM Married AWMM
      Teremoana Tikiteina AWMM
    • When he was discharged he returned to home island - Aitutaki, Cook Islands. Married Teremoana Tikiteina they had one son, Solomona Junior Solomona before he passed away. Public - Isaac - 29 January 2015 - family


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 20 October 1915 Military personnel file
    Age 20 AWMM
    Labourer/Civilian 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
    • Wounds Diseases Etc., WWI AWMM
      Bronchitis and pneumonia AWMM
    • Sep 1916 AWMMWounds Diseases Etc., WWI AWMM
      Admitted sick, France AWMM
    • Oct 1916 AWMMWounds Diseases Etc., WWI AWMM
      Convalescent, Codford from Brokenhurst AWMM
    • Aug 1918 AWMMWounds Diseases Etc., WWI AWMM
      Admitted, pneumonia, dangerously ill, Cairo AWMM
    • Dec 1918 AWMMWounds Diseases Etc., WWI AWMM
      Embarked for NZ on the Malta AWMM
    • Height, WWI AWMM
      5' 8" AWMM
    • Weight, WWI AWMM
      168 lb AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Listed by National Archives NZ as Soloman Isaacs.

    Husband of Teremoana Tikiteina, father to Solomona Solomona.

    His brother and father both served in the army.

    One of two Cook Islanders to inscribe their names in the caverns of Arras. One of only 47 Cook Island men to serve in France. Member of the Maori Pioneer Battalion attached to the New Zealand Tunnelling Company.

    War service: Egypt, Western Front, Palestine
    Disembarked Suez, 15 March 1916.
    Embarked Port Said to join the British Expeditionary Force, France, 9 April 1916.
    Admitted to No 11 Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 9 September 1916 (trench fever); transferred to England, 12 September 1916, and admitted to No 1 NZ General Hospital, Brockenhurst, 14 September 1916; discharged to NZ Command Depot, Codford, 7 October 1916.
    Proceeded from Sling Camp overseas to France, 15 November 1916.
    Attached to NZ Entrenching Company, in the field, 8 December 1916.
    Attached to Pioneer Bn, in the field, 26 February 1917.
    On leave, 26 August 1917; rejoined Bn from leave, 7 September 1917.
    Detached to Rarotongan Company, 14 January 1918.
    Embarked Marseilles for Egypt, 21 January 1918; disembarked Alexandria, 4 February 1918.
    Posted to Rarotongan Company, in the field, 7 March 1918.
    Admitted to 128th C. Field Ambulance, 17 May 1918 (not yet diagnosed); discharged to duty, 26 May 1918.
    Admitted to 33rd Clearing Hospital, Jaffa, 2 August 1918 (pneumonia: dangerously ill); reported out of danger, 6 August 1918; transferred to No 2 Australian General Hospital, 13 September 1918; to Aotea Convalescent home, Heliopolis, 13 September 1918; to Rest Camp, Port Said, 19 September 1918.
    Commenced return to New Zealand from Suez on board RL 'Malta', 14 December 1918; discharged (no longer physically fit for War Service on account of illness: pneumonia, bronchitis), 7 March 1919.
    Total war service: 3 years 139 days (of which 2 years 357 days were abroad) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    3 September 1923 Military personnel file
    Age 27 AWMM
    AitutakiCook Islands Military personnel file
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Tautu, Aitutaki, Cook Islands AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Cook Islands Roll of Honour Board, RSA Rarotonga AWMM

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  • So awesome to visit the etchings in Arras, France in April 2017 with Uncle Isaac Solomon that you left behind 100 years ago. On Anzac Day 2017, We will remember you. Thank you for your service Papa Solomona Isaac.
    Public - Moeroa - Direct descendant - 25 April 2017
  • I was your neighbour in Tautu, Aitutaki in the Cook Islands. I am proud of you Solomona, being a soldier and you did very well. All the best, Polly
    Public - Polly - 10 April 2017
  • Solomon Isaacs has been featured on a commemorative stamp for New Zealand Post. This is a great whakaaro for the contribution of the Cook Islanders who served in the First World War.
    Public - Ashley - Researcher - 3 April 2016



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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
25 April 2017Moeroa Auckland, NZDirect descendant
10 April 2017PollyNew ZealandOther
03 April 2016AshleyWellington, New ZealandResearcher
29 January 2015IsaacRarotonga, Cook IslandsOther

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