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Jack Hotere

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Jack AWMM
  • Surname
    Hotere AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    801800 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    20 September 1921 AWMM RaweneNorthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Mitimiti, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mrs C. Hotere (mother), Mitimiti, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs Ana Maria Hotere Public - Christine - Other Relative - 8 April 2015 - Family
  • Relationship status
    Pre 21 July 1943 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    801800 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Labourer/Civilian AWMM
    RaweneNorthland 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
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Jack Hotere was the son of Chris and Ana Hotere, of Hokianga, New Zealand.

    Educated at Te Karae and Mitimiti School, he also won a scholarship to St Peter's College, Northcote. On leaving school he farmed with his father for two years.

    He enlisted in 1940.

    Hotere was a keen footballer playing the position of fullback.

    He gained high praise for his intrepid action in a fatal accident which occurred while he was serving with the Territorial Force. An army truck with several soldiers was returning from a dance at Kohukohu when it went over a bank in the Mamamuku Forge, falling into the water. Asleep at the time Private Hotere was the last to get out of the truck, which had fallen into about 12 feet of water, and got ashore half dead, considerably knocked about. However when he heard a cry for help from the river, he made a plucky attempt to rescue his companion, but was too exhausted from the effects of a gash on the head plus immersion in the water. He managed to get ashore a second time with great difficulty, but his companion was drowned.

    Next of kin details compiled from information in the Casualty lists published in the newspapers. Age at death listed by CommonwealthWar Graves Commission as 22. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    23 December 1943 AWMM
    Age 28 AWMM
    ItalyEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Sangro River War Cemetery, Italy AWMM IX. D. 38. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Hokianga Arch of Remembrance, Kohukohu, Hokianga, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mitimiti War Memorial, Hato Hemi te Whare Karakia (St James), Matihetihe, Mitimiti, Hokianga, New Zealand AWMM
    • Matihetihe School War Memorial 1939-45, Matihetihe, Mitimiti, Hokianga, New Zealand AWMM

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  • Hello. I wonder if Jack is related to Joseph Hotere from Rawene? My Grandfather James George Tandy was a friend of Joseph from WW1. There were both leg amputees at Oatlands Park hospital in England. I have a photo of Joseph that I would like to share. Please contact me. Regards, Brent
    Public - Brent - 24 April 2016
  • Kia ora whanau. My Great grandmother Maatareta (Martha Rapira nee Hotere) was Jack's aunty. At the end of June I am travelling with a group of Maori boys from Tauranga Boys' College to tour Europe to follow in the foot steps of the 28th Maori battalion. My Dad Dr Lawrence is coming too.
    Public - Hoani Mark Rapira - Other Relative - 20 April 2015
  • In loving memory of our uncle we sadly did not meet. Arohanui from the Graham whanau in Melbourne
    Public - Patricia Graham - Other Relative - 8 April 2015
  • Loved and Missed Dearly Always Remembered by everyone Uncle Jack xxxx
    Public - Mary - Other Relative - 8 April 2015
  • Uncle Jack We will Remember. Arohanui Dawn
    Public - Dawn - Other Relative - 8 April 2015
  • Always remembered uncle Jack.. XXXX
    Public - christine - Other Relative - 8 April 2015



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 12 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1943 to 31st December, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 12: WW2 93 AWMM
    • Northland roll of honour and servicemen of WW II [electronic resource]. (2002). Whangarei, N.Z.: Returned Services Association. AWMM
    • Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
24 April 2016BrentNew ZealandOther
20 April 2015Hoani Mark Rapira Mount MaunganuiOther Relative
08 April 2015ChristineMelbourne AustraliaOther Relative
08 April 2015Patricia Grahammelbourne Australia Other Relative
08 April 2015MaryAustraliaOther Relative
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