Topic: Harry Dickson Rikihana (1894-1918)

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Harry Dickson Rikihana [aka Rongoihaere Rikihana] worked as a labourer for Gamman's Mill at Omanawa Falls in Tauranga. While serving in √Čtaples in northern France during World War I he contracted tuberculosis (TB) and was deemed unfit for service. Harry died in Tauranga on 13 November 1918 during the Influenza Pandemic. Story by Debbie McCauley.

Harry Dickson Rikihana was born in Tauranga on 6 March 1894. He was the son of Tari and Aorewi Rikihana from Matapihi.

Harry worked as a labourer at Gamman's Mill at Omanawa Falls in Tauranga.

He enlisted to fight in World War I from Tauranga on 6 March 1917 and served with the Maori Pioneeer Battalion (Service No. 19699). His last rank was Private.

Harry served on the Western Front and was both wounded and gassed.

By 11 January 1918 Harry had contracted tuberculosis whilst on active service and admitted to hospital. He was then transferred to England. On 6 April 1918 he returned to New Zealand on board the Marama. Harry spent many months recovering in the Cambridge Sanitorium. On 16 July 1918 the Medical Board at Rotorua deemed him permanently unfit for service.

Harry returned to Tauranga where he died suddenly upon his arrival at the Tauranga wharf on 13 November 1918 during the 1918 Influenza Pandemic. He was aged 24. His cause of death is given as tuberculosis and influenza.  Harry was buried in the Matapihi Urupa.

Harry Dickson Rikihana (1894-1918)


Archives New Zealand: Military Personnel File.

Auckland War Memorial Museum: Cenotaph Record.

Bay of Plenty Times (1918, November 15): Local and General.


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Harry Dickson Rikihana (1894-1918)

Note:Service Number: 19699
First Names:Harry Dickson
Last Name:Rikihana
Date of Birth:6 March 1894
Place of Birth:Tauranga
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:13 November 1918
Place of death:Tauranga, New Zealand
Place of burial:Matapihi Urupa
Fathers name:Tari Rikihana
Fathers date of birth:c1862
Fathers place of birth:Tauranga, New Zealand
Mothers name:Aorewi
Mothers date of birth:c1867
Mothers place of birth:Tauranga, New Zealand
Military Service:World War I (1914-1918)