Waiho atu he poroporoaki, he maumaharatanga ki a
In honour of my grandfather who served with the 5th Reinforcements in the battle of Chunuk Bair where he was badly wounded. Upon recovery he rejoined his unit France where he fought in the trenches and was wounded several more times. He rose through the ranks from which he gained in the field his commission as 2nd Lieutenant with the North Auckland Regiment.
Early in 1918 he was in England convalescing in a rest home close to Oxford University. One of the Dons who knew him heard he was from a family of seafarers and invited him to join the prestigious Oxford Rowing team. In May of 1918 Oxford rowed against Cambridge and on that occasion "Jack" was the No 2 in the boat. Oxford University one the race. His medal is a family heirloom.
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