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Potene Tuhoro

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Identity

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1896 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra RangitukiaGisborne Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
    son of Raniera Tuhoro of Rangitukia, Waiapu, East Coast Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 12 February 2016 - Military Record
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 6 July 1915 AWMM Rangitukia, East Coast, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Raniera Tuhoro (father), Rangitukia, East Coast, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 18 September 1915 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
    • 1914-1916 Egypt AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • NZ Maori Pioneer Battalion Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 12 February 2016 - Military Record
  • Service number
    16/769 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    School Cadets Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 12 February 2016 - Military Record
  • Enlistment
    • WW1 6 July 1915 AWMM Farmer/Civilian AWMM
      AWMM
    • 8 July 1915 at Takapuna (Narrow Neck Camp) Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 12 February 2016 - Military Record
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment
    19yrs (other reports say he was only 17yrs) Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 12 February 2016 - Military Record

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      10 December 1915 admitted to the NZ General Hospital in Cairo suffering from enteritis AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      7 January 1916 enteritis was improving AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      11 January 1916 transferred NZ General Hospital, Alexandria AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      13 January 1916 Admitted to Admitted to a convalescent home ?? AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      14 January 1916 discharged to ??? AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      31 October 1916 Admitted 1st Casualty? Station AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      2 November 1916 Sent to No 1 General Hospital AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      4 November 1916 Admitted No 7 General Hospital, St Omer until 2 December 1916 then evacuated by Hospital Ship, St David for England AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      3 December 1916 admitted to 1 New Zealand General Hospital, Brockenhurst AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      9 December 1916 reported with pneumonia AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      11 December 1916 tubercular peritonitis diagnosed AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      20 December and again 27 December 1916 at Brockenhurst and still seriously ill AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      8 January 1917 dangerously ill AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      13 January 1917 Died from tubercular peritonitis and buried three days later AWMM
    • Died of Sickness, Cause of Death AWMM
      Died of tubercular peritonitis AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Potene Tuhoro was the son of Raniera and Heni Kawhia, of Rangitukia and the brother of Eruera Kawhia (16/95) who was killed at Armentieres, WW1.

    Attested 8 July 1915, at Takapuna, Auckland and lied about his age. He was 15 or 16 years old. He recorded the birth date as 1896.

    Training in service in New Zealand from 6 July 1915 to 18 September 1915, total of 74 days

    9 January 1916 attached to Canterbury Infantry Battalion at Moascar

    7 May 1916 Embarked for France from Port Said with Pioneer Battalion

    Somme, 10 September 1916 stoppage for loss of ammunition in the field at and punished with the loss of one day pay

    Potene was buried on the 16th January 1917

    Raniera and Heni had 2 sons die in WW1: Eruera Kawhia (16/95) and Potene Tuhoro (16/769). They went on to have 2 more sons and they named them in memory of the older boys. The namesakes are: Eruera Armentieres Tuhoro (802247) and Potene Brockenhurst Tuhoro.

    Surname is incorrectly recorded as Tuhora on Nominal Roll. He is correctly named Tuhoro in all other references. Home misspelt Rangatuhea on his service record, it is Rangitukia

    Disembarked Suez, 26 October 1915.
    Admitted to NZ General Hospital, Cairo, 8 December 1915 (enteritis); transferred to NZ Convalescent Hospital, 10 January 1916; discharged, 14 January 1916.
    Posted to Canterbury Infantry Bn, Moascar, 19 January 1916.
    Embarked Port Said, Egypt, 9 April 1916, and proceeded overseas to France.
    Found guilty, 9 September 1916, of loss of ammunition; awarded one day's loss of pay.
    Admitted to No 1 NZ Field Ambulance, 30 October 1916; transferred to No 1 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 31 October 1916; admitted to hospital, 2 November 1916; transferred to No 7 General Hospital, St Omer, 3 November 1916; embarked for England, 2 December 1916; admitted No 1 NZ General Hospital, Brockenhurst, 3 December 1916 (pneumonia).
    Died, No 1 NZ General Hospital, Brockenhurst, 13 January 1917 (tubercular peritonitis).

    Name listed on CWGC site as TUHORO. AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    13 January 1917 AWMM
    BrockenhurstHampshire AWMM
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  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
    Brockenhurst (St Nicholas) Churchyard, Hampshire, England AWMM Plot A, Row 3, Grave 8 AWMM
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  • Obituary
    Potene Tuhoro was just 17 years old when his soldier's journey brought him to Hampshire.

    One day in early December, the hospital ship, St. David, steamed down Southampton Water to its waiting berth. Potene Tuhoro was amongst the seriously ill passengers on board, evacuated from the No. 7 General Hospital at St. Omer. As a member of the Maori Pioneer Battalion he had been posted in August 1916 to help construct communication trenches at the infamous Somme battle of Flers-Courcelette, in the vicinity of High Wood. By October, the associated horrors and intensity of trench warfare had made him seriously ill from debility which developed into tuberculosis and pneumonia.

    His destination now was the small and idyllic New Forest town of Brockenhurst where the No.1 New Zealand General Hospital had established itself in June 1916. He most likely was carried by stretcher on to a waiting train at Southampton Docks and taken the short ride to Brockenhurst station, where an ambulance carried him the final few hundred yards to the hospital.

    Here Potene Tuhoro saw out his last days, many thousands of miles from his New Zealand home, and cared for by staff from the New Zealand medical corp.

    He died of tubercular peritonitis on 13th January 1916 and is buried at the Commonwealth War Grave at St. Nicholas, his ultimate sacrifice marked by a small white headstone engraved with the words: 'Private Potene Tuhoro. New Zealand Pioneer Battalion Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 12 February 2016 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRWeCJ-MyX4
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Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    • Gisborne War Memorial AWMM
    • St Mary's Church, Memorial Board, Tikitiki, near Rangitukia, East Coasts, New Zealand AWMM
    • Tairawhiti Marae Gates, Rangitukia, East Coast, New Zealand AWMM
    • St Mary's Church Memorial Board, Tikitiki near Rangitukia, East Coast, New Zealand AWMM

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