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Richard Kopu


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Richard AWMM
  • Surname
    Kopu AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Tiki Kopu AWMM
    • Dick AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ1689 AWMM
    • WWII NZD1689 AWMM
    • WWII NZD1689 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Tiki Mahupuku Kopu and Otihi Kopu, of Bell Block, Taranaki. Source; Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

    Joined the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy on a 12-year engagement in January 1939 as an Assistant Steward. Was first posted to ACHILLES but came off her as she departed for overseas deployment in the South Atlantic so missed the River Plate battle. Would serve at PHILOMEL until he was discharged PUNS 4 November 1941 suffering from tuberculosis and was admitted to Auckland Hospital where he died in March 1942 and was returned home to be buried. It is thought he was aged 22 at the time of his death. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    24 March 1942 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Waiongona Cemetery, Taranaki AWMM
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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