Wirina Hapimarika

Also known as
William Happy
Date of death
21 April 1935
Place of death
Place of death Public Hospital, Nelson

World War 1

WW1 Serial No
WW1 Rank
WW1 address
Wangapeka, Nelson
WW1 next of kin
George Thompsons (half brother)
WW1 embarkation body
WW1 embarkation unit
Māori (Pioneer) Battalion

Wirina was born in Bellblock, Taranaki on 17 June 1881. He was working as labourer at Griffiths Bros in Nelson, when he enlisted in November 1916.

After two months at Sling Camp, England, Wirina joining the Māori (Pioneer) Battalion in September 1917. He was admitted to hospital several times in December 1917 with asthma. Eventually he was discharged as unable to serve due to his asthma.

Wirina died 21 April 1935. He was buried in an unmarked grave in Wakapuaka Cemetery in Nelson. Work was done in 2023 to install a serviceman's headstone.

Thanks to Dianne Scott for providing information for this profile. 

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