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Hohepa Taupaki Tawhai

Headstone, Etaples Military Cemetery. Image S. Aumua 2007 - No known copyright restrictions

Headstone, Etaples Military Cemetery. Image S. Aumua 2007 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Hohepa Taupaki AWMM
  • Surname
    Tawhai AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • HohepaTaupaki Tawhai AWMM
    • Hohepa Tuapaki Tawhai AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 16/1479 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    28 November 1888 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra WaimaNelson Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Hone Mohi (father), Waima, Hokianga, New Zealand AWMM
    • I think Hone Mohi Tawhai was his Grandfather. Our whakapapa shows Hone Mohi Tawhai having a son Hone Takerei. Hone Takerei had a son called 'Joseph' aka 'Hohepa. Public - Kellie - Other relative - 25 April 2017 - Tawhai family whakapapa courtesy of Uncle Alan KING
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 16/1479 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Railway Guard/Civilian AWMM
  • 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
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Died of disease AWMM
    • Height, WWI AWMM
      5' 5.5" AWMM
    • Weight, WWI AWMM
      126 lb AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Son of Hone Takerei Mohi Tawhai, of Takeke, Hokianga, New Zealand.

      Embarked Wellington, 26 June 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 22 August 1916.

      Marched out from Sling Camp, 5 September 1916, and proceeded overseas to France; marched in NZ Base Depot, Etaples, 6 September 1916.

      Marched out to Division, 24 September 1916; joined Maori Pioneer Bn, in the field, 27 September 1916.

      Attached NZ Base Depot, Etaples, 20 November 1916.

      Admitted to No 51 General Hospital, Etaples, 4 December 1916.

      Died, No 51 General Hospital, Etaples, 7 December 1916 (purpura haemorrhage).

      Father: Hone Takerei Mohi Tawhai, Takeke, Hokianga AWMM
    • My father Ruapotakataka Tawhai was also the son of Hone Takarei Mohi Tawhai of Taheke and Whakaronghau Rewiri. Rua also went to war the same time as his brother Hohepa Taupaki Tawhai. with the Maori Pioneer Contingent of Te Arawa, because that was where he was brought up. Ruapotakaka Tawhai m Hera Rogers (1st marriage) the Pikihuia Wetiri (2nd marriage) to both marriages there are 14 sibilings of which only 3 are alive today. Unfortunately Taupaki Hohepa had no issue. Public - Sally Moana - Other Relative - 7 July 2015 - Family oral history and whakapapa.
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About death

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  • Death
    7 December 1916 AWMM
    FranceEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France AWMM XX. E. 10. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Railways Roll of Honour board. Wellington Railway Station, Pipitea, Wellington 6011. AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • Aku tupuna nga mihi nui atu ra kia koe hanga koe mo te patunga tapu nui. Your Father Hone Takerei was my Great Great Uncle, my tupuna was Matiu Mare Tawhai, his brother. I thought of you today and I dug through all this history to find your story. What a wonderment. Your history and sacrifice still lives on today. Okioki i roto i te kotahi nui te pai x
  • It is with great regret that I have not been able to have known you uncle, but believe your bravery will never be forgotten - Kia maumahara matau te whanau - Sally
    Public - Sally Moana - Other Relative - 7 July 2015



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07 July 2015Sally Moana Rotorua New ZealandOther Relative

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