Robert Moke

Date of death
Place of death
Western Desert

World War 2

Serial No
Address on enlistment
Wairapukao Camp, Kaingaroa, Rotorua, New Zealand
Next of kin
Mr P. Moke (father), Reporoa, via Rotorua, New Zealand

Comments (10)

I have no memories of my uncle, only that of my mother his sister Pare Moke Keremete. All her life she often spoke of what became of her younger brother, never knowing if he was buried in a mass grave or lying somewhere in an unknown grave. I hope others will share any information they have.

Kia ora Kazza I to have been searching this web site to find my family link and like you have been so moved to have found so many of my Whanau I am related to Aunty Pinda Tahau I have found a relative at that same Grave site S J Bird I met a Koro H Bird I was trying to link up with the whanau some how then I came across your Whanau name Good Luck I do hope to go there and by the way visit the RSA your so Lucky Jane

Kia ora my cuz so sori my computer broke down so good to be back online finnally catching up with this side of us so much missing and heaps to do our whanau deserve so much I wish I could do this full time. Like we are so behind and the Pakeha get so much for thier War Deads and the Medals blows me away the way they where them how can we get our Tupuna regonised?

Kia ora kaiz.  I do remember your mother Pare (Polly) as Kruger is my uncle, and I do recall your mum and whanau talking about your uncle Robert who was killed overseas.  My uncle Henry, my mum's brother was killed in Crete.  My sister and I visited there last year.  It was a very moving, and emotional experience.  I am thankful for this site as I am finding many more whanau.  I too, am from Reporoa.

I too have no memory of my uncle but we have a photograph of his grave unlike this one probably not long after he was killed. This is a very emotional moment as today is also Anzac day, looking at a photograph of this young handsome man, the waste of life of all these young men in a brutal and senseless war. My mother Makarita (Lovey) also his sister from Murupara, passed away in 1958 when I was 7yrs old, she would have loved this website if she was alive today to have this information so accessible to us all. Thank you to the 28th Maori Battalion & War museum memorial base.

Kia Ora Ngaire its me Kathy Bamber lol hope you are well.xxxxIsabel its been years since I saw you we were kids at Koro Paul's tangi. I am fortunate enough to have a picture of your beautiful Mum. I must load it on here.xxxxKathy Bamber

Great to see comments about uncle Robert and how we all got to know him through sites like this and connect whanau lines in order that we might get to know each other as well.

My mother is the baby of the Family Ana, and I am the youngest of 9 children bought up in Reporoa and Rotorua. I grew up around Eria and met aunty Pare and Margaret on a number of occasions. Served in the Army for 14 years and always felt a prescence around me that was good and had a special place in my heart for those who served in the Maori Battalion, but never knew of uncle Robert until recently. I will visit the memorial in the next few years and post some photos as soon as I can. Roy