William Reginald AWATERE
13 December 1944 - 12 April 1968
Killed in Action
Buried in Ruatoria,
Ko Hikurangi te maunga
Ko Waiapu te awa
Ko Hinetapora te hapu
Ko Maungahanea te marae
Ko Ngatiporou te iwi
William Reginald AWATERE was born at Waipiro Bay, and was the 16th child born to Keita and
Pehikuru Awatere.William was educated at Manutahi Primary School and Ngata Memorial College
Ruatoria. William excelled in sport at Ngata Memorial College, but rugby was where he really shone,
this earned him a place in the first fifteen for a number of years. Most of Williams weekends were
spent at Whakarua park to cheer the local rugby teams along. William was also a member of the
Hikurangi junior choir and kapa haka group and he really gave it his all, competing at many Hui Topu,
hosted by different rohe throughout the motu. After leaving school William went to Wellington to begin
his carpentry apprenticeship at Trentham. He completed this in three years and worked around
Wellington before joining the Army. William was hungry for new challenges and he wanted to serve in
the Army like his great uncle Colonel Arapeta Awatere. William did his training at Trentham Military
Camp and deployed to Malaysia for further training and then deployed to Vietnam in the sixties.
William kept in touch with mum and many other whanau members by letters when he got time to
write home. Life as he once wrote wasn't a bed of roses it was scary and dangerous.
William was tragically taken from us 12/04/1968.William was a caring, good and fun loving brother to
all his brothers and sisters young and old. We each hold many happy memories of William.
Takoto mai e te Teina, te Tuakana I roto I to moegna roa.
Moe mai, moe mai I roto I nga ringaringa o to tatou Ariki a Ihu Karaiti
Na te whanau o William Awatere.
(Written by Rev. Harriet Cutbush, sister of Pte WR Awatere)