On 5 January 1940 aged 35 he enlisted in the army for war service. His service number was 2764. He was a grocery assistant, living at 26 Princes Street, Auckland. His next of kin was Mrs R. Aroa (mother), 257 Carrington Road, New Plymouth, Taranaki.
In the New Zealand, Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981 he is listed once:
1972 Ernest L Aroa - Residence - Auckland Central.
In January 1988 Ernest Lionel Aroa passed away aged 83, having been born on 17 September 1904
He was cremated and his ashes buried at Waikumete Cemetery. His occupation is listed as "Red Book Storeman" - possibly indicating responsibility for the storage of government documents. 
↑ NZBDM births 17/9/1904 1907/20626 Aroa Ernest Lionel Bertha Christine Robert
↑ NZBDM deaths 28/1/1988 1988/34647 Aroa, Ernest Lionel, 17 September 1904
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