Topic: Waru Davie Rewi (1894-1920)

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Te Puke farmer Waru Davie Rewi served on the Western Front with the Maori Pioneer Battalion during World War I. He became ill and was deemed no longer physically fit for war service. Waru died of tuberculosis in Tauranga on 27 August 1920. Story by Debbie McCauley.

Waru Davie Rewi was born in Auckland on 25 January 1894, identifying as Ngāpuhi. His parents were David and Mary Davie Rewi. 

It is most likely that Waru was the older brother of fellow soldier Para Davy Rewi (1896-1918) who died at the 45th Casualty Clearing Station in France on 8 November 1918 from bronchial pneumonia.

Waru was a farmer at Te Puke and a Hauraki Regiment Volunteer.

He enlisted to serve during World War I on 18 May 1917 from Tauranga and served with the Maori Pioneer Battalion, Canterbury Regiment (Service No. 19940). His last rank was Private and he served on the Western Front during 1917 and 1918.

Whilst in France he was admitted to hospital on 29 January 1918 suffering from bronchitis and then pneumonia.

On 17 May 1918 Waru was sent to England and discharged from war service, deemed 'no longer physically fit for war service on account of illness contracted on active service'. He spent time at the New Zealand General Hospital at Brockenhurst. 

Waru embarked for New Zealand on 11 October 1918, transferring to the Hospital Ship 'Marama' for New Zealand. He spent time as an out-patient at Tauranga before transferring to Te Waikato Sanatorium near Cambridge.

Private Waru Davie Rewi died in Tauranga from tuberculosis on 27 August 1920, aged 26. Waru is believed to be buried in the Waitaia Urupa at Maungatapu in Tauranga where a memorial headstone has been erected for him.

Waru Davie Rewi (1894-1920)


Archives New Zealand: Military Personnel File.

Auckland War Memorial Museum: Cenotaph Record.

Births, Deaths and Marriages Online (New Zealand).


A version of this article was archived in August 2016 at Perma CC

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Waru Davie Rewi (1894-1920)

Note:Service Number: 19940
First Names:Waru Davie
Last Name:Rewi
Date of Birth:25 January 1894
Place of Birth:Auckland
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:27 August 1920
Place of death:Tauranga, New Zealand
Place of burial:Waitaia Urupa, Maungatapu, Tauranga
Fathers name:David Kiekie Rewi
Fathers date of birth:c1875
Fathers place of birth:New Zealand
Mothers name:Mary Kiekie Davie
Mothers date of birth:c1882
Mothers place of birth:New Zealand
Military Service:World War I (1914-1918)

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