Skinner Arena

Date of death
Place of death
Faenza, Italy

World War 2

Serial No
Address on enlistment
Waikiekie Lime Works, Private Bag, Whangarei, New Zealand
Next of kin
Mrs H.K. Arena (wife), Pakotai, Whangarei, New Zealand

Comments (5)

Kia ora Rosey. My name is Waana Reihana nee Beazley. My Dad was Robert (Bob) Beazley from Pakotai, Mangakahia Northland.My Grandma was Wana Kawhena (Ani) Beazley nee Pickering. I believe your koro SkinnerArena (Allan) was my grandmas half brother. Not sure how but thats what my Dadtold me.I have a photo I will upload when I find it. It is of my Dad andyour koro, in army uniform. It hung on the wall in our house all the years I was growing up and I used to ask my Dad about it often. He explained how this was him and his uncle and that this uncle died in Italy- I think Venice-during the war and is buried in Florence. My sister was named Venizia because of this and a cousin is named Florence.I reall hope you get this message.

Kia ora Rosey, my name is William Allen (age 72 this year). My Dad was Patrick (Patu) Arena his dad was Skinner Arena and mum was Heni Kina Arena. My mum was Ruth (Rutu) Allen (nee Tuhiwai) from Tangiteroria. On the 28th Dec 1946 my matua Patu Arena died by accidental drowning at Tangiteroria in the Northern Wairoa river (I was 3 months old) Patu and Rutu lived at Hollywood accross the river. At the the age of 4 (1950-1956) I was was brought up by my Uncle Eric Reid and Auntie Eileen at Waiotira, Eric worked at the Waiotira Railway Station. I noticed Koro Skinner worked at the Waikeikei Lime Works just south of Waiotira.I was never told about my tupuna's and I think you and I could be 1st cousins. My wife Ellen (nee Astle) live on bastion point, Orakei, we have 5 sons.



Hi William, 

My name is Kate Taylor-Reid, My Father is Ken Taylor-Reid who is your Aunty Eileen's son, Eileen was my Grandmother! 

Myself and Dad have been looking been looking for you for a very long time and would love to get in touch with you!

I would absolutly love if you could get in touch with me!

Nga Mihi,