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Henry Rae Vercoe

  • Service number
    • WWI 16/161 AWMM
    • South African 4102 AWMM
    • South African 8168 AWMM
    • SA War: # 4102 = 7th Cngt; # 8168 = 9th Cngt; WWII N/N Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 13 August 2015 - Military Record
  • Also known as
    • Henry Te Reiwhati Vercoe AWMM
    • Harry Ray AWMM
    • Henry Ray & HENRY TE REIWHATI VERCOE Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 13 August 2015 - Military record
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • SA War: 7th & 9th Contingents; WWI: NZ Pioneer Btn & Auckland Regt Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 13 August 2015 - Military Record
    • WWII: NZ Territorials - Home Guard Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 13 August 2015 - Military Record
  • Last rank
  • War
Captain H R Vercoe. S P Andrew Ltd :Portrait negatives. Ref: 1/1-015313-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22682314. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Captain H R Vercoe. S P Andrew Ltd :Portrait negatives. Ref: 1/1-015313-G. Alexander Turnbull Librar …

Identity

  • Title
    Major Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 13 August 2015 - Military record
  • Forenames
    Henry Rae AWMM
  • Surname
    Vercoe AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Henry Te Reiwhati Vercoe AWMM
    • Harry Ray AWMM
    • Henry Ray & HENRY TE REIWHATI VERCOE Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 13 August 2015 - Military record
  • Service number
    • WWI 16/161 AWMM
    • South African 4102 AWMM
    • South African 8168 AWMM
    • SA War: # 4102 = 7th Cngt; # 8168 = 9th Cngt; WWII N/N Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 13 August 2015 - Military Record
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
    Ngati Pikiao and Ngati Tuara Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 13 August 2015 - Research
  • Waka
    Te Arawa AWMM
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    21 July 1884 AWMM MaketuWestern Bay of Plenty AWMM
  • Date of birth
    21 July 1884 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 13 August 2015 - Military Record - research shows that he gave the false age of 21yrs 2mths when enlisting for the 7th Contingent in 1901
  • Place of birth
    Tauranga, NZ Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 13 August 2015 - Military Record
  • Birth notes
    son of Henry Vercoe & Ngahuia Te Ahoaho Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 13 August 2015 - Military Record
  • Address before enlistment
    • Unknown AWMM Rotorua, New Zealand AWMM
    • Pre SA War: Tauranga
      WWI: Ohinemutu, Rotorua Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 13 August 2015 - Military Record
  • Post war occupation
    post SA War: Farmer; post WWI: the rehabilitation of returned Maori soldiers Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 13 August 2015 - Military Record
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mrs Aver Vercoe (wife), Ohinemutu, Rotorua, New Zealand AWMM
    • SA War: father Henry Vercoe of Tauranga Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 13 August 2015 - Military Record
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 14 February 1915 AWMM Married AWMM
    • Pre SA War: single
      married 1905 Mary Aver Barnett Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 13 August 2015 - Military Record

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
    • SA War: Transvaal & Orange Free State; WWI: Egypt, Gallipoli, Mudros & Western European Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 13 August 2015 - Military Record
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • SA War: 7th & 9th Contingents; WWI: NZ Pioneer Btn & Auckland Regt Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 13 August 2015 - Military Record
    • WWII: NZ Territorials - Home Guard Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 13 August 2015 - Military Record
  • Service number
    • WWI 16/161 AWMM
    • South African 4102 AWMM
    • South African 8168 AWMM
    • SA War: # 4102 = 7th Cngt; # 8168 = 9th Cngt; WWII N/N Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 13 August 2015 - Military Record
  • Military service
    SA War: 1901-1902; WWI: 1914-1919; WWII: 1941-1946 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 13 August 2015 - Military Record
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers
    SA War: Sergeant; WWI: Captain; WWII: Major Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 13 August 2015 - Military Record

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMM
      London Gazette 26/07/1918 AWMM
    • 1901-1902 SA War Medals & clasps
      WWI: British War & Victory Medals
      DCM - Distinguished Conduct Medal
      1918 - DSO Medal - for acts of gallantry in the field
      1953 - OBE in Coronation Honours Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 13 August 2015 - Military Records & Research
    • 1946 - NZ War Service Medal Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 13 August 2015 - biography was written by Whakahuihui Vercoe and was first published in the Dictionary of New Zealand BiographyVolume 3, 1996

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Pre SA War: Tauranga Mounted Rifles Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 13 August 2015 - Military Records
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    • WW1 Unknown AWMM AWMM
    • SA War: 13 Mar 1901 at Auckland
      WWI: 21 Oct 1914
      WWII: 1 August 1941 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 13 August 2015 - Military Records
  • Occupation before enlistment
    Pre SA War & WWI: Farmer Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 13 August 2015 - Military Record
  • Age on enlistment
    SA War: 21 yrs (actually 18-19 yrs); WWI: 30yrs; WWII; 55yrs Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 13 August 2015 - Military 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
    1918 - VERCOE, Capt H R, Auckland – Distinguished Service Order for acts of gallantry in the field Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 13 August 2015 - Military Record

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Player in the 1914 Maori All Blacks. He also played in the Pioneer (Maori) Battalion rugby team. AWMM

Death

About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
    23 March 1962 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 13 August 2015 - biography was written by Whakahuihui Vercoe and was first published in the Dictionary of New Zealand BiographyVolume 3, 1996
  • Age at death
    77 yrs Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 13 August 2015 - biography was written by Whakahuihui Vercoe and was first published in the Dictionary of New Zealand BiographyVolume 3, 1996
  • Place of death
    Rotorua, NZ Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 13 August 2015 - biography was written by Whakahuihui Vercoe and was first published in the Dictionary of New Zealand BiographyVolume 3, 1996
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    After a lifetime of service to his people, Henry Te Reiwhati Vercoe died at Rotorua on 23 March 1962. He was survived by both wives, four sons and two daughters. He laid in state at Houmaitawhiti marae, Rotoiti, and received a full military funeral attended by thousands. Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 13 August 2015 - biography was written by Whakahuihui Vercoe and was first published in the Dictionary of New Zealand BiographyVolume 3, 1996
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  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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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: 744 AWMM
    • New Zealand. Army. 1st Maori Contingent. Scroll of the 1st New Zealand Maori Contingent, 1915. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-624. AWMM
    • McGibbon, I.C. & Crawford, J. A.B. (c2003). One flag, one queen, one tongue : New Zealand, the British Empire and the South African War, 1899-1902. Auckland University Press, Auckland, N.Z. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 1: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Stowers, R. (2009). Rough riders at war : history of New Zealand's involvement in the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 and information on all members of the 10 New Zealand contingents. Hamilton, N.Z.: R. Stowers. AWMM
    • Soutar, M. (2019). Whitiki! Whiti! Whiti! E!: Maori In the First World War. New Zealand: David Bateman Ltd. AWMM

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13 August 2015Lorraine MGisborne, NZResearcher
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