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Tuheke Matenga

Second Māori Contingent, no. 7 platoon, B Company. From Left to Right, back row: William Walker, George Pomana, Pineamine Pohatu, Tere Hape, Rangi Ruru, unknown, Peta Mua, Kirihona Mackey, standing: Hemi Puru, Rua Kainuku, Mita Pohatu, Waka Horomona, Billy Porou, Mare Renata, Pene Waikare, James Brown, Whanoke Teare, Sitting: Tame Puru, Ngahiwi Petiha, Turoa Pohutu, Ihaia Kingi, Henare Kohere, Nurse, Tawhai Tamepo, Remana Paenga, Tuheke Matenga, unknown, Front: Pera Te Hau, Ropi Whenuanui, Hue Pera, Te Reinga Tooke, Taha Kara, Wi Weko, Philip Reha, Te Ua Pere. Image kindly provided by Sherayl McNabb on behalf of John Pohatu. Monty Soutar Whitiki! Whiti! Whiti! E! Māori in the First World War.

Second Māori Contingent, no. 7 platoon, B Company. From Left to Right, back row: William Walker, Geo …

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  • Title
    Private Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 29 February 2016 - Military Record
  • Forenames
    Tuheke AWMM
  • Surname
    Matenga AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Tuche AWMM
    • Tuehe Matenga AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 16/810 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion
    Church of England Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 29 February 2016 - Military Record

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1895 AWMM MuriwaiAuckland Province AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
    Son of Karepa and Matire III Matenga Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 29 February 2016 - research
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 30 June 1915 AWMM Muriwai, Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Matire Matenga (mother), Muriwai, Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 18 September 1915 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    • WW1 30 June 1915 AWMM AWMM
    • 8 July 1915 at Takapuna Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 29 February 2016 - Military record
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment
    20yrs Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 29 February 2016 - Military record


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      29 May 1916 Tuheke Matenga was wounded in action, receiving gunshot wounds to his head, arms and legs. After a week at No.22 General Hospital at Camiers, he was evacuated to England on 6 June. (Church, p.93) AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Received a gunshot wound to his finger, which required amputation. After a spell in hospital he returned to Hornchurch for convalescence. (Church, p.94) AWMM
    • Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
      Drowned AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • "Tuheke's final posting took place on 24 April 1918 when he marched into the New Zealand Engineer Reserve Depot at Christchurch, near Bournemouth. One will never know what happened during his final hours, but he was found drowned in the River Stour at Christchurch on 14 May 1918." (Church, p.94)

    Tuheke is spelled Tuehe in the nominal rolls. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    14 May 1918 AWMM
    CambridgeCambridge and Isle of Ely AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Brockenhurst (St Nicholas) Churchyard, Hampshire, England AWMM Plot A, Row 1, Grave 17 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • Church, C. (2002). New Zealand graves at Brockenhurst : 93 New Zealand soldiers remembered from World War One. Hampshire, England: Author. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 491 AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 4: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Soutar, M. (2019). Whitiki! Whiti! Whiti! E!: Maori In the First World War. New Zealand: David Bateman Ltd. AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, Auckland Province (digital copy), 1914 - 1919. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2016-2. AWMM


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21 July 2022Lorraine MonaGisborneResearcher
29 February 2016Lorraine MGisborne, NZResearcher

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