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The original list of men was taken from the site:

Piopio is a small town in the Waitomo District 23km south of Te Kuiti.
The Piopio bird was a native Thrush - now extinct.
They were very tame forest omnivores. The South Island piopio was last seen at Lake Hauroko and Caswell Sound in 1947 and was declared extinct in 1963. The last North Island species was observed in 1949 at Te Aurora, Wanganui. Sir Walter Buller described the piopio as unquestionably New Zealand's best songbird, a title bestowed on the Kokako today
... All Streets in Piopio are named after NZ native birds
... (Piopio is commonly sounded as pew pew)

The Piopio war memorial is in the main street outside the hall

To the glory of God in everlasting remembrance of the men of this district who paid the Supreme Sacrifice in the Great War 1914-1918

WORLD WAR I - 1914-1918
BARNETT Lewen Maughan PRIVATE #12/699 (database has Llewelyn)
- born 1894
- he was a son of a prolific composer who emigrated to Australia (circa 1890) where he was appointed organist and choirmaster at Hobart Cathedral. After a tour of New Zealand his father settled in Napier in 1893 where he became the organist at the Cathedral
- he had a sister Gladys Barnett born in 1895
- served with Auckland Infantry Battalion NZEF 16th (Waikato) Company
- KILLED IN ACTION on 25th April 1915 aged 21
- son of: John Maughan BARNETT (1867-1938) & Harriett Frances TUGWELL (1865-1925), 212 Remuera Rd, Auckland
- ALSO LISTED AS: John Barnett (father) Manukau Road, Auckland
- Lewen lived in Piopio at enlistment
- Grave/Memorial Reference: 72. at Lone Pine Memorial Turkey

BRADLEY William George PRIVATE #12/2652 (database has William G)
- born 1885 in Waikouaiti Dunedin
- he was a Farm Hand in Piopio
- served with NZEF Auckland Infantry Battalion 6th Reinforcements
- DIED OF JAUNDICE at sea from Gallipoli 19 November 1915 aged 30
- son of William Bradley
- Next Of Kin - R. Bradley (brother) of Piopio
- his parents lived in Motu, Gisborne at time of enlistment. Motu is about 84km north west of Gisborne. With the Motu River Valley covered with mature forest the settlers began to clear the land during the 1890's and it became a busy sawmilling settlement. Motu means ?isolated? or ?severed?.
- Grave/Memorial - 72. at Lone Pine Memorial, Lone Pine Cemetery, Anzac, Turkey

BURROW (no S) Reginald Hadderton TROOPER #31065
(database has BURROWS)
- born 1887 in Staffordshire, England
- he was a farmer
- served with NZEF 21st Reinforcements Auckland Mounted Rifles Brigade - DIED OF WOUNDS in Palestine 31st October 1917 aged 30
- Son of Richard Edward (1858-1939) & Emily Louisa (1858-1953) Burrow
- parents lived in Piopio at that time
- Grave/Memorial - B. 52. at Beersheba War Cemetery Israel

CANTLAY Cecil Francis PRIVATE #23969
- born 1884 in Ceylon
- he was a Farmer
- served with NZEF 13th Reinforcements Auckland Infantry Battalion, A Company
- KILLED IN ACTION on Somme, France on 31st October 1916 aged 32
- son of Charles (1851-1924) & Lillian Jane Aphrah (1860-1944) Cantlay of Bluff Hill, Napier
- his parents lived in Piopio at the time
- Grave/Memorial - IV. A. 26. at Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres Nord, France

COUSTON George PRIVATE #12/709
- born 1889
- he was farming in Te Kuiti
- served with the Main Body, Auckland Infantry Battalion 16th (Waikato) Company
- KILLED IN ACTION in Gallipoli, Turkey on 25th April 1915 aged 26
- son of William COUSTON (1839-1927) & Fanny BAGLEY (1852-1930)
- his parents lived at 301 Rattray St, Dunedin at the time
- the children of William & Fanny Couston were:
1875-1925 - Benjamin Bagley Couston
1876-1952 - Fanny Mary Whittingham Couston
1878-1939 - Elizabeth Couston
1880-1971 - Harriet Couston
1882-1941 - Charles Kent Couston
1886-1980 - Florence Couston
1888-0000 - Lilian Couston
1889-1915 - George Couston
- Grave/Memorial - 72. at Lone Pine Memorial, Anzac, Turkey

- born 1884 in Tasman Street Wellington
- he was living in Piopio on enlistment
- served with the Main Body NZ Field Artillery 1st Battalion
- DIED OF WOUNDS on 21st October 1916 aged 32
- son of John (1855-1928) and Emily (1850-1938) Danks of Marine Parade, Eastbourne, Wellington
- ALSO LISTED AS: John Danks (father) 88 Tasman Street, Wellington. John was a J.P., on the Wellington City Council and Representative of the Wellington Hospital Board of Trustees. He and his father Samuel Danks (1831-1893) were brass founders in Brandon Street Wellington. They had a patent for a invention for securing the efficient working of water meters on all descriptions of hydraulic motors. Samuel's brother John (the Director/Chairman of the Melbourne Bank in 1879) also had a brass foundery in Moray Street, Emerald Hill, Melbourne around the same time
- John and Emily are buried in Bolton St Cemetery with John's parents and other family members
- the children of John & Emily were:
1880-? - John Danks - a House, Land & Business Agent in Custom House Quay Wellington
1881-1948 - Samuel Danks
1884-1916 - William Danks
1886-1886 - Sarah Danks
1893 - Fred Hilton Danks
1898 - Doris Emily Danks
- Grave/Memorial - I. E. 26. at A.I.F. Burial Ground, Flers, Somme, France

FLOYD Samuel PRIVATE #64483
- born 1882 in Inglewood
- served with NZEF 32nd Reinforcements Otago Infantry Regiment, D Company NZ Entrenching Battalion
- DIED on 1st February 1921 aged 39
- son of George (1851-1928) and Maria (1852-1927) Floyd of Patea, South Taranaki
- husband of Gwendoline FROST (formerly Floyd) of Southleigh, Mylor, Cornwall, England
- his parents and brother Thomas are also buried in Patea
- the children of George & Maria were:
1876-000 - Mary Katherine Floyd
1878-1963 - Joseph Floyd
1880-000 - Matilda Floyd
1882-1921 - Samuel Floyd
1883-1939 - Ellen Floyd
1887-1963 - Frank Floyd
1888-1969 - Emma Floyd
1891-1969 - Ada Floyd
1894-1959 - Alice Floyd
1897-1955 - Lilian Rose Floyd - named as Next of Kin, in Junction Rd Inglewood
1900-1979 - General George Redvers Baden (full name given at brith) Floyd
1903-1940 - Thomas Floyd - buried at Patea with Maurice William Floyd (1937-1944)
- Grave - Old Plot 4, New Plot 763, Block 85 at Patea Cemetery, Scotland Street

- there was no soldier with first or second name Charles that (admitted to have) lived or worked in Piopio at that time on any database anywhere - your help would be greatly appreciated

HILL James McClintock PRIVATE #12546
- born 1891, brother of Oliver below
- he was a Bushman
- served with NZEF 12th Reinforcements Wellington Infantry Battalion, J Company
- KILLED IN ACTION in Somme France on 30th March 1918 (3 months before Oliver) aged 26
- son of J. Hill (father) Haku, Te Kuiti
- ALSO LISTED AS: son of Mr & Mrs Hill of Arthur St West, Onehunga
- parents were: James HILL & Elizabeth THOMAS
- their known children were:
1879-1938 - William John Hill
1881-1918 - Oliver Hill - KILLED IN ACTION see following soldier
1883 - Robert Hill
1891-1918 - James McClintock Hill
- Grave/Memorial Reference: III. C. 6. at Euston Rd Cemetery Colincamps, France

HILL Oliver RIFLEMAN #48719
- born 1881, brother of James above
- he was a Farmer
- served with NZ Rifle Brigade Reinforcements J Company 4th Battalion 3rd
- KILLED IN ACTION in France on 15th July 1918 (3 months after James) aged 37
- son of James HILL & Elizabeth THOMAS (see above at brother James bio)
- parents lived in Onehunga at the time
- Grave/Memorial - I. J. 2. at Hebuterne Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

JACKSON George Covell TROOPER #13/372
- born 1889
- he was a Lawyer
- served with Auckland Mounted Rifles, Main Body
- DIED OF WOUNDS at Gallipoli, Turkey when he was struck by shrapnel on 5th June 1915 aged 26
- he died 3 years before the birth of his nephew, and namesake, George Covell Jackson, who himself became a victim of war in 1941 on the Western Desert (see WWII below)
- son of George Ernest JACKSON (1862-1944) & Ellen BRYCE (1864-1918) of Wanganui & Piopio
- George (soldier) lived in Frankton Rd, Hamilton at enlistment
- the children of George & Ellen were:
1889-1918 - George Covell Jackson
1890 - Charles Ernest - Charles was to marry Cecilia Josephine LAWSON in 1913 and they became the
parents of George Covell Jackson who died in WWII on the Western Desert (see below at WWII)
1895 - Elizabeth Anne
1898 - Evelyn
- Grave/Memorial - D. 18. at Ari Burnu Cemetery, Anzac, Turkey
- see also George Covell Jackson WWII below
- From the AUCKLAND WEEKLY NEWS 24 JUNE 1915 JACKSON, Trooper George Covell - who is reported to have died of wounds received at the Dardanelles, was the elder don of Mr George E Jackson of Hamilton and Piopio and a grandson of the late Hon John Bryce. He was born in 1890 and was educated at Wanganui Collegiate School and at Victoria University College. He graduated BA in 1912 and was admitted a solicitor of the Supreme Court in 1913, when he commenced practice in Hamilton in partnership with Mr De La Mare

- born 1870 in Hokitika, West Coast
- he was a Farmer in Piopio at enlistment
- served with NZEF 11th Reinforcements, J Company
- also served on the Western Front and in the South African Campaign
- died on 21st January 1918 aged 48
- son of John JOHNSTON & Elizabeth CLARK
- husband of Annie C. Johnston of 26 Lochiel Rd, Remuera, Auckland
- ALSO LISTED AS: Mrs Annie C. Johnston (wife) Piopio
- she was Annie Christina GEBHARST and they married in 1896
- their children were:
1896 - William Eli Johnston
1899 - Mavis Elizabeth Johnston
1904 - Mary Hammond Johnston
1908 - George Johnston
- Grave Prot. Soldiers Area A, Row 1, Grave 1. at Waikumete Cemetery Auckland

PETCH George Alfred #25582
- born 1898
- he was a farmer at Te Kuiti prior to enlistment
- served with NZEF 17th Reinforcements Wellington Infantry Battalion, B Company
- KILLED IN ACTION France on 8th May 1918 aged 20
- son of Phoebe Rebecca (1876-1948) and the late William (1865-1899) Petch
- his mother was by then living in Fitzroy, New Plymouth
- he had a brother Reginald William (1899-1975) and a sister Annie Alice (1896-?) There were possibly other siblings
- Memorial VI.G.8. at Perth Cemetery (China Wall) Ieper, West-Vlaanderen Belgium

RIDDLE Ewing Stevens PRIVATE #32067
- born 1894
- he was a farmer prior to enlistment
- served with NZ Rifle Brigade 13th Reinforcements 1st Battalion, E Company
- KILLED IN ACTION Le Quesnoy, France on 4th November 1918 aged 24 (2 years 2 months after his brother John below)
- son of Walter RIDDLE (1836-1914) & Marian Campbell STEVENS (1852-1922)
- his mother was living in Pio Pio at the time
- the children of Walter & Marian were:
1878 Stevens Riddle
1879 Robert Riddle
1881 Collin John Riddle - (of Rira, Te Kuiti was listed as Next Of Kin for both brothers Ewing & John)
1883 Marian Stevens Riddle
1885 John Riddle - KILLED IN ACTION see following soldier
1886 Patrick Alexander Riddle
1887 Amy Ewing Riddle
1889 Sarah Campbell McPherson Riddle
1890 Ann Margaret Riddle
1892 Hormah Riddle
1894-1918 Ewing Stevens Riddle
1900 Campbell Frederick Theodore Riddle
- Grave at I. A. 25. Le Quesnoy Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France

RIDDLE John PRIVATE #12/3140
- born 1885
- he was at Rira, Te Kuiti at enlistment
- served with Auckland Infantry Battalion 7th Reinforcements
- KILLED IN ACTION Somme, France on 30th September 1916 aged 31
- son of Walter (1836-1914) Riddle & Marian Campbell (1852-1922) Stevens
- his mother was living in Pio Pio at the time
- see his siblings above
- Memorial at Caterpillar Valley (NZ) Memorial Somme, France

ROWE Alfred
- there was no soldier named Alfred Rowe that (admitted to have)lived or worked in Piopio at that time and died in WWI on any database anywhere - your help would be greatly appreciated

SLINES William James PRIVATE #12/864
- born 1892 POSSIBLY before parents immigration
- he left for Suez, Egypt on the Star of India or Waimana on 16th October 1914
- served with the Main Body of the Auckland Infantry Battalion
- he was wounded in 10th June 1915, admitted to the Deaconess Hospital in Alexandria, Egypt on 17th June 1915 and on the 21st October 1915 was returned, wounded on the TOFUA (photo of SS Tofua)
- died on 17th November 1918 aged 26. Not mentioned anywhere as dying of wounds but date suggests
he may have been a victim of the Flu Pandemic (died 3 years after returning to NZ)
- son of James (1865-1931) & Margaret (1872-1951) Slines of Paemako, via Te Kuiti
- he lived in Kawhia at time of enlistment, was listed as being from Piopio on his death details
- he is buried in Hamilton West
- the known children of James & Margaret Slines were:
1892-1918 - William James Slines
1895 - Mary Theresa Slines
1897 - Margaret Emma Slines
1899 - Fanny Slines
1902-1967 - Norah Evelyn Slines
1904 - Martin Joseph Patrick Slines
1906-1970 - Robert Desmond Slines
1909 - Eileen Margaret Slines
- Grave: Location A3-XX-21 at Hamilton West Cemetery
- NOTE there was also a John Sline, farmhand from Piopio, who served in WWI with the NZEF 36th Reinforcements A Company as Private #70750. His Next Of Kin was listed as Mrs I. Slines (mother) Piopio, King-country

STACEY William PRIVATE #45564
- born 1889 in Burnie, Tasmania, Australia
- he was a Bushman
- served with NZEF 25th Reinforcements E Company 2nd Battalion
- he died on 11th October 1918 in Le Cateau, France aged 29
- son of Robert J. and Henrietta Stacey of Nubeena, Tasmania
- Grave/Memorial II. A. 6. at Romeries Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France

WORLD WAR - II 1939-1945
ARMSTRONG Richard Clyde FLIGHT SERGEANT #405770 (database has R G Armstrong)
- born 1912 in Te Kuiti
- served with Royal New Zealand Air Force, 228 Squadron
- MISSING PRESUMED DEAD on 12th July 1943 aged 31
- son of Albert Harold ARMSTRONG (1882-1958) & Florence Daisy NICHOLSON (1888-1957)
- his parents lived in Brown's Bay, Auckland at that time
- Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 198. at Runnymede Memorial Surrey UK

BATTLEY Thomas Herbert PRIVATE #64441 (database has BATLEY)
- born 1913
- served with New Zealand Infantry
- died on 21-11-1945 aged 28
- son of Herbert William BATTLEY (1875-1928) & Christina Allan McMILLAN (1887-1953) of Piopio
- Herbert & Christina were married on 17-3-1909 in St Davids Parish, Kyber Pass Auckland
- Grave/Memorial 2. 57. at Piopio Cemetery

BUCKERIDGE Clifford Herne CORPORAL #8815
- born 1917
- served with NZ 27th Machine Gun Battalion
- DIED OF WOUNDS in the Western Desert on 4th July 1942 aged 25
- son of Edmund Herne BUCKERIDGE (1886-1962) & Violet ROLTON (1887-1953) Pio Pio, Te Kuiti
- Grave/Memorial - XXVIII. F. 8. at El Alamein War Cemetery Egypt

DEMPSEY Dennis James SERGEANT (PILOT) #405240
- served with Royal New Zealand Air Force, 11 Operational Training Unit
- DIED in the United Kingdom on 15th December 1941 aged 22
- son of James and Annie Dempsey of Te Kuiti
- Grave/Memorial - Row DD. Grave 9. at Bassingbourn Cum Kneesworth Cemetery Cambridgeshire

DOWNARD Henry William Manfred SERGEANT #NZ41315
- born 1914
- served with Royal New Zealand Air Force
- DIED on 18th December 1942 over the Pacific aged 28
- son of Henry DOWNARD & Maria BLUMHARDT
- husband of Doreen Downard of Pio Pio
- Grave/Memorial - Panel 7. at Bourail Memorial, New Caledonia

FARRER Matthew Cameron LANCE CORPORAL #13/102 OR #13/1023
- born 4th June 1922 in Hamilton, Waikato
- he was a student
- served with Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve, Fleet Air Arm, HMS Victorious
- DIED an accidental death on active service ? miles west of Treugga, Cornwall, United Kingdomon on the 27th August 1945 aged 23
- Son of Matthew Roland & Dorothy Lucy Clare Farrer of Te Kuiti
- received the Distinguished Service Cross
- Grave/Memorial - Panel 8. at NZ Naval Memorial, Devonport Auckland

GRIFFITHS Gordon Neil Ross CORPORAL #81843
- born 1918
- he was a Truck Driver prior to enlistment
- served with NZ Armoured Corps, 18th Armoured Regiment 2nd NZ Expeditionary Force
- KILLED IN ACTION on 25th July 1944 in Italy aged 26
- son of Robert Ross GRIFFITHS & Amy GRASON of Rotorua
- husband of Mrs E.R. Griffiths (wife) c/o A. Dodunski, Otewa Road, Otorohanga
- enlistmnet address: c/o Mrs E. Brooks, Huntly South
- Grave/Memorial - VII. G. 2. at Florence War Cemetery, Italy

JACKSON George Covell #24097
- born 1918 in Piopio and named after his uncle who was killed in action in Gallipoli 3 years before he was born
- served with NZ Infantry 24th Infantry Battalion
- died in the Western Desert on 30th November 1941 aged 23
- son of George Ernest JACKSON (1862-1944) & Ellen BRYCE (1864-1918) of Piopio
- see also George Covell Jackson at WWI above
- Grave/Memorial - 6. G. 19. at Knighsbridge War Cemetery Acroma, Libya

JONES D.L. - (database has D L Jones)
- Douglas Loftus Jones OR David Lloyd Jone OR David Llewellyn Jones
- there was also just D. L. Jones who served with the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 57 Squadron, took off 2000 Feltwell in a Wellington IC, Operation Berlin and was captured as POW - no other information but I believe this is probably the one mentioned

KELSO Francis PRIVATE #66829
- born 1913
- served with 21st NZ Infantry Battalion
- DIED in the Western Desert on 22nd July 1942 aged 29
- son of Son of James and Margaret Kelso
- Grave/Memorial - I. C. 21. at El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt

NEWTON Hautapu CORPORAL #25960
- born 1908
- he was a Labourer in Te Kuiti
- served with 28th (Maori) Battalion Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force
- KILLED IN ACTION in the Western Desert on 5th July 1942 aged 34
- son of Te Wharangi Ngarotata & Marama Ngarotata Newton of Piopio
- husband of Eliza Newton of Otorohanga
- he was a widower at time of enlistment
- Grave/Memorial - VIII. F. 12. at El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt

O'MALLEY (database has N. O'MALLEY)
- only N killed in WWII was LANCE CORPORAL Nui O'MALLEY #16372
- born 1910
- served with New Zealand Armoured Corps and Long Range Desert Group - DIED in the Western Desert on 18th November 1942 aged 32
- son of James O'MALLEY & Agnes MabelPULLMAN
- husband of Ethel Dorothy O'Malley of Wairoa, Hawke's Bay
- Grave/Memorial - 12. D. 4. at Tripoli War Cemetery, Libya
- confirmation of Nui would be appreciated

SMALE Victor Edwin TROOPER #434617
- born 1922
- served with New Zealand Armoured Corps 20th Armoured Regiment
- DIED in Italy on 15th December 1944 aged 22
- son of Thomas Philip SMALE (1894-1966) & Margaret MAY (1890-1964) of Gisborne, Hawke's Bay
- husband of Anne Smale of Gisborne
- Grave/Memorial - VI, A, 10. at Forli War Cemetery, Italy

- born 1916
- served with Royal New Zealand Air Force 3rd Squadron
- KILLED ON ACTIVE SERVICE on 9th June 1944 over the Pacific aged 28
- son of Fred Rudman Tarrant and his 1st wife Edith Mary GREY of Onehunga, Auckland
- his father remarried in 1929 to Eliza Hibbert SHEPHERD
- husband of Hilda Adelaide Tarrant of Taunton, Somerset, England
- Grave/Memorial - 5. 28. at Bourail NZ War Cemetery

VIPOND Alfred Henry PRIVATE #36887 (database has H Vipond)
- born 24 January 1915
- served with New Zealand Infantry Brigade 22nd (Motor) Infantry Battalion
- DIED OF WOUNDS on 15th July 1942 in the Western Desert aged 27
- son of William Henry VIPOND (1877-1952) & Elizabeth May WOODCOCK of Avondale Auckland
- Grave/Memorial - XXVIII. F. 23. at El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt

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by ngairedith on 2011-04-24 12:08:40

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them


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