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Maku Hale

  • Service number
    WWI 16/96 AWMM
  • Also known as
    McDonald HALE Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 5 March 2016 - Military Record
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • New Zealand Expeditionary Force Public - Rex Edward - Other Relative - 14 February 2015 - Military Service Records
  • 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
    Mr Public - Rex Edward - Other Relative - 14 February 2015 - I am his grandson, this information comes from family sources.
  • Forenames
    • Maku AWMM
    • Maku Public - Rex Edward - Other Relative - 14 February 2015 - I am his grandson, this information comes from family sources.
  • Surname
    • Hale AWMM
    • Hale Public - Rex Edward - Other Relative - 14 February 2015 - I am his grandson, this information comes from family sources.
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    McDonald HALE Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 5 March 2016 - Military Record
  • Service number
    WWI 16/96 AWMM
  • Gender
    • Male AWMM
    • Male Public - Rex Edward - Other Relative - 14 February 2015 - I am his grandson, this information comes from family sources.
  • Iwi
    • Ngāti Porou AWMM
    • Iwi Māori AWMM
    • Ngati Porou Public - Rex Edward - Other Relative - 14 February 2015 - I am his grandson, this information comes from family sources.
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    Church of England Public - Rex Edward - Other Relative - 14 February 2015 - I am his grandson, this information comes from family sources. Army Records.

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
    • 1891 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 5 March 2016 - Military record
    • Age 26 at 27/4/1918 Public - Gail Pamela - Other relative - 11 April 2017 - Marriage certificate 2534 District of Waiapu
  • Place of birth
    • Tuparoa Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 5 March 2016 - Military record
    • Tolaga Bay Public - Gail Pamela - Other relative - 11 April 2017 - Marriage cert
  • Birth notes
    • son of William Frederic & Annie Gertrude HALE Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 5 March 2016 - Research
    • Father = John Speed, mother = Alice Speed, nee Hale. Info from marriage cert 27/4/1918 @ Waipiro Bay Public - Gail Pamela - Other relative - 11 April 2017 - Marriage certificate
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Tuparoa, Tokomaru Bay, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Sonny Richmond Hale (son), Tuparoa, Tokomaru Bay, New Zealand AWMM
    • Alice Hale (sister) of Tuparoa, East Coast Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 5 March 2016 - Military record
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 14 February 1915 AWMM Single AWMM
    • 1918 married Riria Harrison Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 5 March 2016 - Military record & Research
    • Married 27 April 1918 at Waipiro Bay to Riria Harrison Public - Gail Pamela - Other relative - 11 April 2017 - Marriage certificate

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Gallipoli 24 Jul 1914 - 20 Nov 1915. France 9 Apr 1916 - 26 September 1916 Public - Rex Edward - Other Relative - 14 February 2015 - Military Service Records
    • Correction - Gallipoli 24 Jul 1915 - 20 Nov 1915 (not 1914). Public - Rex edward - Other Relative - 17 February 2015 - Military Service Records.
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • New Zealand Expeditionary Force Public - Rex Edward - Other Relative - 14 February 2015 - Military Service Records
  • Service number
    WWI 16/96 AWMM
  • Military service
    • NZ Maori Contingent B Company. Attached to Canterbury Infantry Battalion 9 April 1916 Public - Rex Edward - Other Relative - 14 February 2015 - Military Service Records
    • Promt'd to Lance Corporal 1 Feb 1915. Promt'd to Corporal 28 Apr 1916. Wounded in action 26 September 1916 Public - Rex Edward - Other Relative - 14 February 2015 - Military Service Records
  • 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
    • WW1 AWMM
    • Enlisted at Avondale Military Camp 14 November 1914 Public - Rex Edward - Other Relative - 14 February 2015 - Military records.
  • Occupation before enlistment
    Labourer at Tuparoa Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 5 March 2016 - Military record
  • Age on enlistment
    Enlisted at age 24 years, Born 12 May 1890. Died 15 Jun 1953. Public - Rex Edward - Other Relative - 14 February 2015 - Family records.

Embarkations

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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

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • WW1 NZEF Ist Maori Contingent Corporal Maku Hale, Regimental No. 16/96.

    My maternal grandfather after an initial basic training here in NZ at 27 years old and married with a young son departed from Wellington on the SS "Wairrimoo"on the 14th of February and arrived in Egypt on the 26th of March 1915.After a spell of training in Egypt they were transfered to the island of Malta for further specialist training and it was there that the 1st Maori Contingent gathered word of the Dardanelles landings on the 25th of April witnessing the many wounded soldiers returning from the Gallipoli landings and hearing of its disastrous situation. He along with his 477 strong 1st Maori Contingent would have clearly understood the dangerous confused situation they were to face before arrival at Gallipoli on the Dardenelles Peninsular, landing at ANZAC cove on the 3rd of July 1915. Initially assigned to B company of the 1st Maori contingent on arrival their he was attached as an Assault Rifleman to the Canterbury Infantry Battalion.

    He fought in the murderously ferocious and briefly successful assault on Chunuk Bair at Gallipoli over the days of the 7th and 8th of August ultimately under command of Lt. Col. William Malone who was killed in action their on the 8th of August 1915.

    Corporal Hale was evacuated from ANZAC cove on or before the 14th of December 1915 one of only 132 1st Maori Contingent remaining as 345 of them were already departed either sick, wounded, missing or killed in action.

    Initially promoted to a Lance Corporal N.C.O. in NZ on the 1st of February 1915 and later to full Corporal on the 28th April 1916 at the Western Front in France.

    Corporal Hale was wounded in action seriously damaging his left hand and lower fore arm in France on the Somme during the Battle of Morval after surviving unscathed the previous Battle of Flers-Courcelette on the 26th of September 1916. He was removed and placed in the nearest Forward Dressing Station then to a Casualty Clearing Station whereby he was stabilised and sent on to England for 5 months to recover.

    On his return home during 1917 to his whanau on the East Coast at Tolaga bay he returned to his beloved wife Riria at Waipiro bay and to their first son Sonny Richmond Hale whom he had used interestingly as his next of kin on his military application into the 1st Maori Contingent and NZEF...suggesting to me his wife Riria being my grandmother refused to sign as next of kin and was not supportive of his signing up to fight. However they ultimately settled at the beautifull Ngati Porou land of Haurataunga Ki Hauraki known as Kennedy Bay on the east coast of the Coromandal peninsular. They produced a living total of 17 children one of whom was my birth mother Mere Arihi Hale or Alice (Alice was the name of Maku's sister) and two of whom Richard and Frank Hale later serving with the 2nd NZEF as members of the 28th (Maori) Battalion during WW2.

    Maku was born on the 12th of May 1890 and died at Port Jackson on the 15th of June 1953. He is laid to rest at the Coromandel War Veterans Cemetary where his son Frank Hale of the 28th (Maori) Battalion also lies.

    His elder brother Sergeant Richard Hale, Regimental No 16/5 also of Tolaga Bay and B Company 1st Maori Contingent fought along side his young brother Maku in all the above war arenas and went on (after Maku being wounded 1916) to see further actions in France at Messines and in Belgium on the Ypres Salient where he was killed in action their on the 14th of August 1917.

    Brothers in arms. - Reference: Denis Clough archive Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 9 February 2016 - http://www.28maoribattalion.org.nz/photo/corporal-maku-hale-nzef-1st-maori-contingent
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Death

About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
    15 June 1953 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 5 March 2016 - Military record, BMD NZ Records & Thames-Coromandel District Council Cemetery Records
  • Age at death
    62yrs Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 5 March 2016 - Military record, BMD NZ Records & Thames-Coromandel District Council Cemetery Records
  • Place of death
    Port Jackson Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 5 March 2016 - Military record, BMD NZ Records & Thames-Coromandel District Council Cemetery Records
  • Cause of death
    Port Jackson, Coromandel Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 5 March 2016 - Military record, BMD NZ Records & Thames-Coromandel District Council Cemetery Records
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
    Buffalo Cemetery - Coromandel War Veterans Cemetary, Coromandel Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 5 March 2016 - Military record, BMD NZ Records & Thames-Coromandel District Council Cemetery Records
  • Grave reference
    ID: 5RSAL-PLOT-0009; Plot 0009; Location: RSAL-PLOT-0009 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 5 March 2016 - Military record, BMD NZ Records & Thames-Coromandel District Council Cemetery Records
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  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • We will remember them
    Public - Maxine - Direct descendant - 25 April 2020
  • Kia hinge te totara nunui o te whanau. Love you always my brave Koro .. kaua e warewaretia 🌷
    Public - Emma - Direct descendant - 23 April 2020
  • I moe ra i te aroho mo ake tonu atu
    Public - Stephanie - Direct descendant - 17 January 2016

Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Page No: 292 AWMM
    • Soutar, M. (2019). Whitiki! Whiti! Whiti! E!: Maori In the First World War. New Zealand: David Bateman Ltd. AWMM

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25 April 2020Maxine Tokoroa New Zealand Direct descendant
23 April 2020EmmaMURUPARADirect descendant
06 May 2017SarahMarton, New Zealand Direct descendant
11 April 2017Gail PamelaAuckland, New ZealandOther relative
17 January 2016Stephanie Harataunga, CoromandelDirect descendant
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