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Ian Tawhai Kura Kohere

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  • Service number
    WWI 16/110 AWMM
  • Also known as
    • Benjamin AWMM
    • Tawhai Kohere AWMM
    • Tawhai Mokena Kohere AWMM
    • Ian Tawhai Kura Kohere AWMM
    • Ta-whai Kohere AWMM
    • Corporal Fine Day AWMM
    • Kōhere AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
  • War
(L-R) 2/Lt Henare Kohere and brother Pte Tawhai Kohere, dep. 206 (1).  Image kindly provided by Kohere whanau (December 2019).Image has no known copyright restictions.

(L-R) 2/Lt Henare Kohere and brother Pte Tawhai Kohere, dep. 206 (1). Image kindly provided by Kohe …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ian Tawhai Kura AWMM
  • Surname
    Kohere AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Benjamin AWMM
    • Tawhai Kohere AWMM
    • Tawhai Mokena Kohere AWMM
    • Ian Tawhai Kura Kohere AWMM
    • Ta-whai Kohere AWMM
    • Corporal Fine Day AWMM
    • Kōhere AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 16/110 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    4 March 1886 AWMM Te AraroaGisborne AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Pre 15 October 1915 AWMM Te Araroa, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mrs Henarata Kohere (mother), Te Araroa, via Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 14 February 1915 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
    • 1914-1916 Egypt AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 16/110 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 15 October 1914 AWMM
    Age 27 AWMM
    Farmer/Civilian AWMM
    Te AraroaGisborne AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 7.5 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      151 pounds AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Admitted 1917 TB AWMM
    • Died of Sickness, Cause of Death AWMM
      Illness AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Brother of Henare Kohere (16/1018)

    Tawhai is the youngest son of Henarata Bristlow and Hone Hiki Kohere, and grandson of Mokena Kohere. Attended Te Aute College, like his older brothers, Reweti, Pohipi, and Henare.

    Attested in Te Araroa, he was promoted to acting Corporal March 1916, confirmed April 1916; reverted to rank Private on own request.

    Attested as Tawhai Kohere. Former servicemen's rehabilitaion files listed as Ian Tawhai Kura Kohere. Death registration listed as Tawhai Mokena Kohere.

    Throughout the First World War Private Tawhai wrote letters home to his mother, the first letter is dated August 20th, 1915 and is follows - "I hope you and yourself again. I am very well, though in contant danger every day. Your letters have come. So you have another son (Lieut. Henare Kohere) on his way to the front, where many another mother's son is fighting for a righteous cause. You should feel it an honor to have two sons on active service; in fact, you should be happy till the end of your days. Be brave! the day will come when we shall meet again. Don't save any of the money I send you - never mind me - I have yet life before me. I suppose your grandchildren are growing. My love to them. My thoughts often wander back to the old spots - Rangiata and Tarata. May God preserve us till me meet again (Sankey 494). - Your Benjamin on active service, T. M. Kohere"

    A second letter dated September 1st, 1915 is as follows, "I got your letter and Poi's yesterday. I wrote you andother letter last month when I received the news that Harry was on his way to the front. I feel for his children Mother, I want you to be brave and strong - you have your grandchildren to comfort you. There's time for everything thing, and your two sons have thought is a time for making sacrifices. Of course I know you are suffering more than we do - the suffering is all on your part--but, we be brave; there's a rejoicing coming. I am cheered to hear you are all very well. The survivours of the Maori Contingent have been merged into the New Zealand Brigade, who have been terribly cut up. We still, of course, retain our name - Maori Contingent. The units on arrival of the reinforcements, will be reorganised. Half of our contingent are sick, wounded, or killed; the other half are still keeping the fires buring on the slopes of Gallipoli. Enoka (Enoka Potae, 16/81) and I were in the second big attack - we were with the New Zealand Mounted Rifles. It was a fierce attack - bullets showered like rain and shrapnels were bursting in all directions. I can't describe to you my feelings when we were charging. This time we attacked in broad daylight. The attack was heralded by the booming of the guns. It was fearful. we took two trenches - then the enemy fled. About half our number reached our objective. For three days we had to hand on the positions we had taken before we could be relieved. We then fell back to take breath. The water carriers were unable to bring us water while we were hanging on to our position, and I would have given anything for a drink of water then. However, we were all thankful to God for seeing us through this fight."

    Both of these letters written to his mother Henarata Kohere were published in the Hawera and Normanby Star, 5 November 1915 AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    27 March 1956 AWMM
    GisborneGisborne AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
    70yrs Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 1 November 2015 - Gisborne Cemetery Records
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
    Taruheru Cemetery, Gisborne Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 1 November 2015 - Gisborne Cemetery Records
  • Grave reference
    Block RSA; Plot 287; Warrant # 8030 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 1 November 2015 - Gisborne Cemetery Records
  • Obituary
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  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    St Mary's Church Memorial Board, Tikitiki near Rangitukia, East Coast, New Zealand AWMM

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  • 'When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow we gave our today' "Onward"
    Public - Paratene Warihi Reweti - Other Relative - 23 April 2015

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01 November 2015Lorraine MGisborne, NZResearcher
23 April 2015Paratene Warihi Reweti Gisborne, New ZealandOther Relative
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