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James Moka

Hokianga Arch of Remembrance, Kohukohu (photo J.H.A. Skipper of Kohukohu c1928) - No known copyright restrictions

Hokianga Arch of Remembrance, Kohukohu (photo J.H.A. Skipper of Kohukohu c1928) - No known copyright …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    James AWMM
  • Surname
    Moka AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    James Williams AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 19779 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
    WW1 William Moka (father), Mangamuku, Hokianga, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 19779 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Narrowneck Camp, near Auckland AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 22 March 1917 AWMM Barman/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
    Tuberculosis AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • James Williams (Moka) was the son of Wi Moka and Ellen Wi Moka, of Mangamuka, Hokianga

      Two brothers went to war both enlisting as Williams: James Moka (19779) and Willie Moka (20624). Both died in the same month.

      Enlisting as Williams, James joined the Maori (Pioneer) Battalion on 10 April at Bertrancourt, southwest of Hebuterne. While in the Front line, between Rossignol Wood and Hebuterne, he fell ill with debility and anaemia. His condition deteriorated and he was evacuated to England arriving at No. 1 New Zealand General Hospital, Brockenhurst on 6 August. Diagnosed with tuberculosis he remained dangerously ill and died weeks later. (Church, p.219).

      Enlisted as James Williams, he named his father as William Moka. Listed, with his brother, with the name Moka on the Kohukohu School War Memorial and also the Hokianga Arch of Remembrance AWMM
    • James also known as Hohaia Moka was the youngest of four sons who enlisted to fight in WW1, of which only two brothers returned home Public - Nicole - Other Relative - 27 April 2015 - Family oral histories
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About death

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  • Death
    30 September 1918 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    BrockenhurstHampshire 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 3, Grave 19 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Kohukohu School (memorial gates, WW1), Hokianga, Northland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Hokianga Arch of Remembrance, Kohukohu, Hokianga, New Zealand AWMM
    • Kohukohu Town Hall, 25 Beach Road, Kohukohu, New Zealand AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • Nga mihi toku Matua tipuna

    He honore, he kororia ki te Atua, he maungarongo ki te whenua
    he whakaaro pai ki nga tangata katoa
    hanga e te Atua he ngakau hau, ki roto ki tena, ki tena o matou
    whakatongia to wairua tapu, he awhina he tohutohu I a matou
    he ako hoki I nga mahi, I roto I tenei ao hurihuri
    te mangai he tautoko mai aianei ake nei
    Public - April Rererangi - Direct descendant - 26 October 2017

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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. (1918). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume III. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      70: 31 AWMM
    • Church, C. (2002). New Zealand graves at Brockenhurst : 93 New Zealand soldiers remembered from World War One. Hampshire, England: Author. AWMM
      Church, C. (2002). p. 219 AWMM
    • Soutar, M. (2019). Whitiki! Whiti! Whiti! E!: Maori In the First World War. New Zealand: David Bateman Ltd. AWMM
    • The Fields of Remembrance Trust: Brothers Field, Auckland Museum (Armistice, 2018) AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, Auckland Province (digital copy), 1914 - 1919. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2016-2. AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
29 November 2018JulianaAucklandResearcher
26 October 2017April RererangiAuckland, New ZealandDirect descendant

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