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Dear Papa, I think I speak on behalf of all your whanau when I say we missed the opportunity to know you as you were sadly killed in action during the war before we were even thought of.
Your son Doug is my father and he was only very young when you died and as a teenager he struggled to support his family to make ends meet. Despite not having a father figure he did ok in life and continued the family tradition and like you he joined up and fought for his country in the Korean war.
I think Dad inherited alot of your characteristics and you would have been proud of him and rest of the family.
I visited your grave when I first arrived in Italy 3 years ago. I was so emotional meeting you for the first time and sad that we never knew you.
You died a brave man and I am enormously proud of you.
With respect, admiration and love,
on behalf of your grandchildren and great grandchildren
Public - Jules - Other Relative - 26 July 2015
We love you Koro John. Mum, (your daugher Nira) always speaks of you with great love and has passed on to each of the family that same love and respect. You gave your life that we would be free, we will never forget.
Public - Teresa - Other Relative - 26 April 2015