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Full Name
Ra Wairau
Rank Last Held
Private
Forename(s)
Ra
Surname
Wairau
War
World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.
16/53
Gender
Male
First Known Rank
Private
Next of Kin
Miss Wahati Wairau (sister), Mahia, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
Marital Status
Single
Enlistment Address
Muriwai, New Zealand
Military District
Wellington
Body on Embarkation
1st Maori Contingent
Embarkation Unit
B Company
Embarkation Date
14 February 1915
Place of Embarkation
Wellington, New Zealand
Transport
Vessel
Warrimoo
Destination
Suez, Egypt
Page on Nominal Roll
748
Last Unit Served
New Zealand Maori Contingent
Place of Death
Malta to Gallipoli
Date of Death
11 September 1915
Year of Death
1915
Cause of Death
Died of wounds
Cemetery Name
Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta
Grave Reference
B.X.4.
Memorial Name
Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories
Biographical Notes
  • Son of Ra and Wahati Wairau, of Opoutama, Hawkes Bay.
  • Brother of Paihau, of Opoutama, Hawkes Bay, and Raniera, who died of disease on 30 October 1916, en route to England from France.
Description of Image
Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories Panel Wainwright, F. - Walker, C.L. (photo J Halpin 2010)
Additional Information
From the spring of 1915, the hospitals and convalescent depots established on the islands of Malta and Gozo dealt with over 135,000 sick and wounded, chiefly from the campaigns in Gallipoli and Salonika, although increased submarine activity in the Mediterranean meant that fewer hospital ships were sent to the island from May 1917.
Archives NZ source
NZETC
Further References
A photograph of his grave, at Pieta Military Cemetery appears in the Auckland Weekly News (28 September 1916, p. 35) under the name 'Wairan'.
Sources Used
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume I. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1914-1919
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL: http://www.cwgc.org
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