Topic: Charlie Wood Rakauhemo (1893-1917)

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24-year-old Tauranga farmer Charlie Wood Rakauhemo was killed in action at Ypres in Belgium on 8 July 1917. Story researched and written by Debbie McCauley.

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Charlie Wood Rakauhemo (aka Charlie Wood) was born at Wairoa in Tauranga on 8 January 1893. His father was Te Raukauhemo Toka whose contact address was through Sharp Tudhope Solicitors in Spring Street, Tauranga.

He worked as a farmer in Tauranga and was also part of the Tauranga Cadet Corps.

Charlie was aged 21 when he enlisted on 12 November 1914, serving with the Maori Pioneer Battalion (Service No. 16/431). His last rank was private.

He saw action in Egypt and Gallipoli. In August 1915 he was wounded in the face and arm at Gallipoli, and in December that same year suffered from explosion shock and was admitted to hospital in Cairo. He was also hospitalised for disease. Charlie then went to England before being sent to France and suffered the effects of gas at Étaples in September 1916.

Charles was killed in action at Ypres, Belgium on 8 July 1917, aged 24. He was buried in the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Charlie Wood Rakauhemo (1893-1917)


Archives New Zealand: Military Personnel File.

Auckland War Memorial Museum: Cenotaph Record.

New Zealand War Graves Project.


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Charlie Wood Rakauhemo (1893-1917)

Note:Service Number: 16/431
First Names:Charlie Wood
Last Name:Rakauhemo
Date of Birth:8 January 1893
Place of Birth:Wairoa, Tauranga
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:8 July 1917
Place of death:Ypres, Belgium
Place of burial:Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Fathers name:Te Raukauhemo Toka
Military Service:World War I (1914-1918)