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John Koperu

  • Service number
    WWI 16/335 AWMM
  • Also known as
    Tangataiti Paki AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
  • War
New Zealand. Army. 1st Maori Contingent. Scroll of the 1st New Zealand Maori Contingent, 1915. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-624. Cultural Permissions may apply.

New Zealand. Army. 1st Maori Contingent. Scroll of the 1st New Zealand Maori Contingent, 1915. Auckl …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    John AWMM
  • Surname
    Koperu AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Tangataiti Paki AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 16/335 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
    Unknown AWMM 48 Hobson Street, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Koperu Paki, Maungatautari, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 14 February 1915 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 16/335 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Branch Trade Proficiency
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    WW1 Labourer/Civilian AWMM
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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
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Medical history

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Last known rank

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Biographical information

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Death

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Memorials

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  • Your real name is Tangataiti Paki and it shows in your notes that your father is Koperu Paki. Because you were too young to enter into the forces you changed your name from Tangataiti Paki to John Koperu and upgraded yourself a few years to gain access. Obviously taking your father's first name and making it your last and that is how we are now known as the Koperu whanau. Your daughter my Nana is Rahiripounamu Koperu who married koro Te Moananui Kingi. You (John Koperu/Tangataiti Paki) got yourself into the First Maori Battalion and you were wounded being sent home which is fortunate for us as there may have never been any us if you weren't sent back. Thank you. I could never do what you done. Humble blessings!
    Public - Shanandore - Direct descendant - 28 April 2020
  • For you my Koro our Whanau is very proud of you and what you have achieved Koro
    Public - Athol - 25 April 2015

Sources

Sources

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  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 400 AWMM
    • Soutar, M. (2019). Whitiki! Whiti! Whiti! E!: Maori In the First World War. New Zealand: David Bateman Ltd. AWMM

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28 April 2020ShanandoreAucklandDirect descendant
25 April 2015AtholKalgoorlie Australia Other
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