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Joseph Shortland

Portrait of Hohepa Shortland (Josie) (204192) in WWII uniform. Image kindly provided by whanau (April 2016). Image may be subject to copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Hohepa Shortland (Josie) (204192) in WWII uniform. Image kindly provided by whanau (Apri …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Joseph AWMM
  • Surname
    Shortland AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Hohepa AWMM
    • Josie AWMM
  • Service number
    Korea 204192 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    10 June 1926 AWMM RangiahuaHokianga AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Taipuha, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr J. Pomare (uncle), 19 Fleet Street, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    Korea 204192 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

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

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Served with Kayforce 1951-53

    "... a tragic incident occurred in E Troop when a faulty 213-fuse detonated while being screwed into a shell which was being held between the legs of a gunner. The shell exploded, killing two men, and mortally wounding another. This disaster, which took the lives of Lance-Bombardier Joseph Shortland, and Gunners E. J. Griffiths and P.R. Berry, meant that 17 February 1953 was Kayforce's worst day in terms of fatalities." (McGibbon 1996, vol. 2, pp. 331-32) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    17 February 1953 AWMM
    Age 26 AWMM
    KoreaAsia AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    United Nations Cemetery, Pusan, Korea AWMM
  • Cemetery name
    Joseph was my great grandfather I never got to meet. I wish I did, Rest in Peace. Xx Public - Saan - Other Relative - 24 April 2015 - His eldest daughter is my grand mother. I'm his great grandson
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    NZ Herald, 19 February 1953, p. 8. AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malaya-Borneo. AWMM

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  • Kia Ora Koutout Katoa,
    I am a daughter to Uncle Joe's Sister Toti Peeni nee Shortland.
    Every year comes around and i think of you and all the kōrero that have heard about your life and all has been said is good.
    I wish i had a chance to meet you in person, my son and his son looks like you, both are very tall and out spoken apparently just like you.
    remembering you and everyone that gave us life to carry on our whakapapa, so this Sunday a special moment for whanau in remembrance of all of you,
    May there be continuous peace around world

    E kore ratou e koroheketia, Penei i a tatou kua mahue nei
    E kore hoki ratou e ngoikore
    Ahakaoa pehea i nga ahuatanga o te wa\I te hekenga atu o te ra
    Tae noa ki te aranga mai i te ata
    Ka maumahara tonu tatou ki a ratou
    Ka maumahara tonu tatou ki a ratou

    Mihi Mai Mihi Atu

    Na Ipu

    Public - Ipu - Direct descendant - 21 April 2022
  • This Man is my grandmothers (Toti) only biological brother and my mother Josie is named after him. So he is my granduncle and i was wondering where about in Korea is he and how much will it cost to get him home?
    Public - Maui - 5 July 2017
  • I am a grand daughter to Joseph Shortland. My mum is Gwen (daughter to Joseph Shortland). Inserted is the handsome photo of our granddad, which hangs in my mum's lounge. The ANZAC service today at the Auckland domain (100th) was a beautiful experience for my mum & my whanau. Rest in Peace Granddad. Arohanui your whanau xxxxooo
    Public - Carol Josephine - Other Relative - 25 April 2015
  • you were my Nanas mothers brother and i still hope you are living your life like a king uncle jo everone tells the story that you threw a grenade at the cricket team and that you were bullyed by the americans and then asked the koreans to train you i hope you rest in peace in korea Lest We Forget Armani Shortland
    Public - armani - Other Relative - 23 April 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • McGibbon, I.C. (1992-1996). New Zealand and the Korean War (Vols. 1-2). Auckland, N.Z.; Wellington, N.Z.: Oxford University Press in association with the Historical Branch, Dept. of Internal Affairs. AWMM
      Vol.2, pp. 332, 371, 411. AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      NZ Herald, 19 February 1953, p. 8. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Chamberlain, H. (2013). The New Zealand Korea Roll : honouring those who served in the New Zealand Armed Forces in Korea, 1950-1957. Wellington, N.Z.: Author. AWMM
    • Black, E. A. (n.d.). N.Z. armed forces honours & awards : Korea, Malaya, South Vietnam, 1950-1972. Wellington, N.Z.: Defence Headquarters. AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
21 April 2022IpuAucklandDirect descendant
23 April 2020IpuAuckland, New ZealandOther relative
05 July 2017MauiAucklandOther
25 April 2015Carol JosephineAucklandOther Relative
24 April 2015SaanAuckland New ZealandOther Relative

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