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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: HMNZT 20
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: Military personnel file
NZETC: New Zealand Electronic Text Collection topic page
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:
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