TAIPANA, Robert Taare (Charles)
(Service number 16/990)

Aliases Robert Taare or Robert Charles TAIPANA. Enlisted as Charles.
First Rank Private Last Rank Lance Corporal


Date 23 March 1893 Place of Birth Temuka

Enlistment Information

Date 18 June 1915 Age 22 years 2 months
Address at Enlistment Tuatapere Maori Pah, Temuka
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs Hana TAIPANA (mother), Maori Pah, Temuka
Religion Church of England
Medical Information Height 5 feet 11 inches. Weight 182 lbs. Chest measurement 34½-37 inches. Complexion dark. Eyes brown. Hair black. Sight & hearing both good. Colour vision correct. Limbs well formed. Full & perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart & lungs normal. Teeth good. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily & mental health. No slight defects.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 2nd Maori Contingent
Unit, Squadron, or Ship
Date 18 September 1915
Transport Waitemata
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Maori Pioneer Battalion

Military Awards

Campaigns Egyptian; Egyptian Expeditionary Force; Western European
Service Medals 1914-1915 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal
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 7 May 1919 Reason On the termination of his period of engagement.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 28 June 1967 Age 74 years
Place of Death Hopkinsons Road, Arowhenua, Temuka (residence)
Notices Timaru Herald, 29 June 1967
Memorial or Cemetery Holy Trinity Maori Cemetery, Arowhenua
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Charles Taipana was the son of Hape and Hana (née Fowler) Taipana of Tuatapere Maori Pa, Temuka.Stalwart of the Arowhenua Runanga.


Auckland War Memorial Musem Cenotaph Database [03 August 2014]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK18805 W5922 0111599) [23 March 2017]; Timaru Herald, 26 May 1916, 5 May 1919, Otago Daily Times, 24 July 1916, 9 September 1916, Temuka Leader, 6 January 1917, 29 March 1919, 3 May 1919, 24 July 1919, 10 February 1921, 20 May 1924, 29 July 1926, 8 March 1932, Sun, 29 March 1919, Press, 14 April 1919, 5 May 1919, 4 September 1926, 11 October 1926 (Papers Past) [13 & 17 February 2017]; Timaru Herald, 29 & 30 June 1967 (Timaru district Library) [17 February 2017]

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