SMITH, Cecil Rawhiti
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Aliases Known as Ra. Medals issued to Cecil Rawhite Smith
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Date 28 February 1901 Place of Birth Timaru

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Date 30 September 1976 Age 75 years
Place of Death Auckland
Memorial or Cemetery Mangere Cemetery, Auckland
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New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Cecil Rawhiti Smith, known as Ra, was born on 28 February 1901 at Timaru, the first-born of Cecil Edmund and Annie Elizabeth (née McNiven) Smith. He was educated at Whangarei, Kamo and Hora Hora schools, moving to Fairlie School in 1911.

Eighteen-year old C. Rah Smith, an Able Seaman born at Timaru, left Auckland and arrived at Sydney on 24 December 1919. He left Wanganui and arrived at Sydney on 21 March 1920, a crewman on the “White Pine”. He again left Auckland and arrived at Sydney on 16 July 1920, then aged 19 and an assistant 2nd Mate on the “White Pine”. Still 19 years old and 2nd mate on the “white Pine” he left Lyttelton and arrived at Sydney on 21 August 1921. Cceil Rawhiti Smith – born on 28 February 1901 at Timaru, New Zealand - was issued a Certificate of Competency by the Department of Navigation, New South Wales, on 10 February 1920. His address was Box 54, Pleasant Point, New Zealand. The class of certificate was First Mate of a Foreign Going Ship. In December 1920 it was for Second Mate.His address then was 157 Bridge Road, Glebe, Sydney.

Cecil Rawhiti Smith’s seagoing experience started even earlier – as a merchant seaman in World War I. In Australia - his address 20 Forsyth Street, Glebe, New South Wales – he was issued with the Mercantile Marine Ribbon and the British War Medal.

Cecil married Lillian Faith Watters in 1924. Lillian followed cecil to various parts of the country, which reflected his postings – a signalman at Westport in 1928, a seaman at Napier in 1935, a mariner in Auckland from the 1940s. Cecil Rawhiti Smith, a master mariner of Remuera, was drawn in the December 1942 ballot for World War II. Their son, Cecil Edmund Rawhiti Smith, was also drawn in the ballot for World War II. He died on 30 September 1976, aged 75 years, and predeceased by his wife. Cecil and Lillian are buried in Mangere Cemetery.


NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [15 April 2020]; School Admission records [15 April 2020]; Mangere Cemetery burial record [15 April 2020] NZ Electoral Roll ( [15 April 2020]; New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Seamen ( [19 April 2020]; Medal Card (TheNational Archives UK – Index of First World War Mercantile Marine Medals and the British War Medal) [27 April 2020]

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