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Thomas William Rose Porter

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Warriors Walk marble plaque, Karori Cemetery - No known copyright restrictions

Warriors Walk marble plaque, Karori Cemetery - No known copyright restrictions

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Thomas William Rose AWMM
  • Surname
    Porter AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Thomas William Potter AWMM
    • Poata Kapene AWMM
  • Service number
    South African 4224 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    Church of England Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 5 July 2015 - Military Record

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    2 August 1843 Dictionary of New Zealand Biography StreathamEngland Dictionary of New Zealand Biography
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
    Son of John Potter & Maria Phipps Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 5 July 2015 - Research - information from his descendant Coralie Smith
  • Address before enlistment
    Wellington Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 5 July 2015 - military Record
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Wife - H. W. Porter, Heatherlea, Gisborne Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 5 July 2015 - military Record
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 6 April 1901 AWMM Single/South African AWMM
    • Married/WWI AWMM
    • Married to Herewaka Porourangi Potai, the daughter of Ngati Porou leader Tama-i-whakanehua-i-te-rangi Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 7 August 2015 - http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/2p26/porter-thomas-william

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Urewera Campaign AWMM
    • 1868-1872 AWMM
      Campaigns against Te Kooti, 1868-1872 AWMM
    • 1868-1869 AWMM
      Titokowaru's War, 1868-1869 AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
  • Service number
    South African 4224 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
    Lt/Corporal in NZ Maori Land Wars Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 5 July 2015 - Research
  • Age on enlistment
    56 yrs 6 mths Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 5 July 2015 - Military File

Embarkations

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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

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    Colonel Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 5 July 2015 - Military Record

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Served first with the Colonial Defence Force in Hawke's Bay, then joined the Ngati Porou Contingent against Te Kooti. He then enlisted with the Armed Constabulary and served in the campaign against Titokowaru. In 1870 he joined Ropata Wahawaha in the Urewera campaign against Te Kooti. In 1889 he commanded the force sent to Opotiki to prevent Te Kooti from entering the area. After a series of military appointments, he commanded the 7th Contingent, New Zealand Mounted Rifles, to South Africa, and then the 9th Contingent. In the First World War he was Dominion Commandant of the National Reserve. Source: J. A. B. Crawford, Dictionary of New Zealand Biography.

      Judge of Native Land Court. President of Maori Land Board

      Sometimes included the middle name Rose.

      Auckland War Memorial Museum. Scars on the Heart, Boer War display, New Zealand Mounted Rifles. Display item refers Thomas Porter's horse, "Major". "Major was the only horse to return home from the Boer war. "Major" first accompanied Lieutenant Colonel Porter to London for King Edward VII's coronation and was then returned to NZ. AWMM
    • Thomas William PORTER (son of John POTTER), b. 2 AUG 1843 in Brixton, London, d. 12 NOV 1920 in Wellington, N Z, buried 14 Nov 1920 in Karori Cemetery, Wellington, N Z.
      After 1865 he changed his name. He is mentioned on a Colonial Defence Force list for Hawkes Bay as Potter, Thomas (now Col.Porter)Annotated by Rymer (Alex Turnbull Lib.MSmisc1367) Mentioned in diary of Archdeacon William Leonard Williams October 10 1865 "L/Corp.Potter came to me this morning to ask if I could lend him a Maori grammar as he was desirous of learning the language"
      (1) Married 9 May 1873 in Turanga (Gisborne), Herewaka POTAE/POTAI, b. ABT 1845 in Tokomaru Bay, N Z (daughter of Tamati Waka Tama-Whakanehua te Rangi & Mereana Tongia), d. 7 DEC 1904 in Christchurch, buried 10 Dec 1904 in Linwood Cemetery, Christchurch.
      Herewaka: Robert's death at the age of 21, is said to have broken his mother's heart as she died shortly after however her death certificate shows she died of asthma syncope.
      (2) Married 6 Jan 1906 in Wellington, Florence Ellen SHEPPARD, b. 29 August 1859 in Geelong, Australia (daughter of James Hancer SHEPPARD and Mary Ellen REEVES), d. 16 Sept 1948 in Wellington, NZ, buried Ashes in Karori Cemetery, Wellington. Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 5 July 2015 - Biography of T W Porter written by his descendant Coralie Smith of Motueka
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    12 November 1920 Noel Smith Research Project
    Age 77 AWMM
    WellingtonNew Zealand AWMM
  • Date of death
    12 November 1920 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 5 July 2015 - Research
  • Age at death
    76 yrs Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 5 July 2015 - Research
  • Place of death
    Wellington, NZ Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 5 July 2015 - Research
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Karori Cemetery, Karori, Wellington AWMM
  • Cemetery name
    Karori Cemetery, Wellington Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 5 July 2015 - Wellington Cemeteries Records
  • Grave reference
    Section: CH ENG; Plot # 69 N; Reference # 49681 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 5 July 2015 - Wellington Cemeteries Records
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  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    Warriors Walk, Karori Cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM

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  • He was my great great great great grandfather
    Public - Ethan - Direct descendant - 23 February 2018
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23 February 2018Ethan14 Elizabeth GardensDirect descendant
18 August 2015Lorraine MGisborne, NZResearcher

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