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Hone Tahitahi

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    WWI 16/356 AWMM
  • Also known as
    • John AWMM
    • John Tahitahi AWMM
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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

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    Hone AWMM
  • Surname
    Tahitahi AWMM
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  • Also known as
    • John AWMM
    • John Tahitahi AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 16/356 AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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    Unknown AWMM Ahipara, New Zealand AWMM
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    Mrs Tukua Tahitahi (mother), Ahipara, New Zealand AWMM
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    Pre 14 February 1915 AWMM Single AWMM

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    WWI 16/356 AWMM
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    WW1 Bushman/Civilian AWMM
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  • Originally told in a NZ Herald story 26 April, 1999. Hone and brother Pita landed in Gallipoli 25 April 1915. Hone was ordered up the cliffs to cut through barbed wire, however a bullet from a Turkish defender struck him in the chest above his heart. He was knocked backwards and unconcious. Upon recovery he noticed the bullet had been stopped by his prayer book in his breast pocket. Still embedded, the bullet point rested under these words in Matthew 14:27 "Kia manwanui. Ko ahau teni, ahau e wehi" (Be of good cheer. It is I. Be not afraid)

    The brothers were evacuated from Gallipoli and later served in France.

    Hone was badly wounded on the Western Front and sent home. Before leaving he mailed the prayer book to the London Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge.

    Back home the family thought the tale was a good tale. But in 1985 Bishop Edward Buckle found the prayer book, it was returned in 1986 to the then Governor General, Sir Paul Reeves, with the bullet still embedded in the pages. Inscriptions inside from Hone Tahitahi and an officer and chaplain verifying his lucky escape.

    An ANZAC ceremony in Te Kao, in the far north, blessed a bronze plaque and a replica Maori prayer book

    His great grandson, Robert Jordan and great great grandaughter Victoria visited the Museum in June 2012. Robert recalled pinning his medals on his shirt at his Mum's house, Agnes Tahitahi Jordan, and sitting on his knee.

    Enlisted as John. Increased age to enlist

    The Prayer book is included in Te Papa's 'Gallipoli, the scale of our war' exhibition- 18 April 2015- 24 December 2015. The book is listed as 'Te Taua Maori,1914' Compiled by the First NZEF for the Maori Contingent. On loan from Te Runanga Nui o Te Apouri. AWMM
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Death

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    1972 AWMM
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  • I leave a poppy each to my family My huanga Hone Tahitahi My tupuna Koroua Peter Tahitahi Toku papa Paki Tahitahi Miss yous very much... Will be thinking of you all tomorrow. Love from all your tamariki moko great mokos xxx
    Public - Ellen Jane - Other Relative - 24 April 2015
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24 April 2015Ellen JaneVia RotoruaOther Relative

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