At a chance visit to the Thames Museum today, I learnt about a special commemoration service that was being held at Shortland Cemetery today. On arrival at the cemetery, it soon became clear the mana and importance of the event.
Local iwi, kaumatua and dignitaries, gathered to welcome descendants of Robert Ngapa, along with members / leaders of the Cook Island community.
Great War Soldier Robert Ngapo Serial Number 16/1227, was working as a cook in Auckland when he enlisted 20 October 1915. He was born in the Cook Islands and gave his next of kin as: Mr Kapatian, Tauta, Aitutaki, Cook Islands.
~~ Lest We Forget ~~