(Service number 16/968)

Aliases Full name - Matiu Moera KORUARUA; later KAREHANA-KORUARUA
First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 13 October 1894 Place of Birth Leeston

Enlistment Information

Date 6 August 1915 Age 20 years 10 months
Address at Enlistment Taumarunui
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience North Otago C Company Sevior Cadets 10th Regiment
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs KAREHANA (mother), 55 Elizabeth Street, Timaru
Religion Church of England
Medical Information Height 5 feet 10 inches. Weight 154 lbs. Chest measurement 35-38 inches.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 2nd Maori Contingent
Unit, Squadron, or Ship A Company
Date 18 September 1918
Transport Waitemata
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns Egyptian
Service Medals 1914-1915 Star
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date 14 June 1916 Reason Medically unfit.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses


Post-war Occupations


Date 24 May 1976 Age 79 years
Place of Death Boronia, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Cause Accidental fall
Memorial or Cemetery Fern Tree Gully Cemetery, Victoria, Australia
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John Koruarua was the son of Paraika and Hakara Koruarua, his mother later Mrs Karehana, of 55 Elizabeth Street, Timaru. On enlistment John was a labourer for the Public Works Department at Taumarunui. John Koruarua was one of the native boys who were presented with an illuminated address at a social function at the Arowhenua Pa in May 1920 (after the last man had returned).


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [17 February 2017]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5541 0065562) [24 February 2017]; North Otago Times, 24 December 1910, Timaru Herald, 15 December 1915, 17 & 31 January 1916, 25 May 1920, Auckland Star, 19 & 21 January 1916, Sun, 31 January 1916, Temuka Leader, 22 May 1920 (Papers Past) [17 & 18 February 2017]; SCRoll web submission, 25 April 2020

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