1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

2nd Lieutenant Rota Waipara

Contributed by: Jackie, on 2008-11-07

Rota Waipara
Rank
First Name 2nd Lieutenant Rota
Surname Waipara
Year of Birth 1896
Year of Death 1959
Regiment Unknown
Place of Wartime Residence New Zealand

2nd Lieutenant Rota's Story

My grandfather was born in a small Maori community on the east coast of the north island of New Zealand in 1896. His name was Rota Waipara and he was the last in a long line of generations of Maori warriors. He joined the New Zealand Army in 1914 as a private. He fought at Gallipoli and on the Western Front in France and Belgium and worked his way through the ranks to 2nd Lieutenant.

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