Date of birth
Place of birth
son of Lawrence Marshall Grace and Henerieta Kahui Grace Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 3 September 2015 - Gisborne Herald report April 17 2015
Address before enlistment
WW1 99 Coromandel Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
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WW1 Lawrence Marshall Grace, Native Department, Government Buildings, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
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- Son of Lawrence Marshall Grace and Henerieta Kahui Grace, of 50, Russell Terrace, Wellington.
Attended Wellington College 1904 - 1908
2nd Lieutenant Grace commanded the first New Zealand sniper detachment which was formed in response to the Turkish snipers at Gallipoli. AWMM
- Thomas Marshall Percy (Hami) Grace was born on 11 July 1890 at Pukawa, Lake Taupo. His maternal grandfather was the Ngati Tuwharetoa Paramount Chief Te Heuheu. His paternal grandfather was The Rev. Thomas Grace, of the Church Missionary Society.
Hami’s father, a civil servant with the Post and Telegraph Department was transferred to Wellington and the family moved to 99 Coromandel Street in Newtown.
Hami and his younger brother William both attended Wellington College. At college Hami excelled in sport. He played for both the First XV rugby team & First XI cricket team which he captained. His figures of 5 for 66 and 5 for 29 against Wanganui Collegiate remain among the best ever bowling figures in this traditional fixture. He was also a member of the college’s shooting team.
On leaving college Hami continued to excel at sport playing club rugby for Wellington College Old Boys and representative rugby for Wellington, the North island and New Zealand Maori touring New Zealand in 1911 and Australia in 1914. Hami was a devoted club player. At the end of one rugby season the WCOB senior A players were discussing what club they each were going to as the team had been relegated. When it came to Hami, the star player, he simply stated that he would be sticking with WCOB! He also played first class cricket for Wellington.
Upon the outbreak of war in 1914, Hami joined the Wellington Regiment. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant under the command of the famous Lieutenant Colonel William Malone.
At this time their was considerable imperial concern about the use of Maori against European forces and most Maori soldiers were used only to provide labour or garrison duties. This had prompted the minister of defence, James Allen, to write to Major-General Sir Alexander Godley, commander of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, stating:
“Although they are a coloured race I think it would be apparent on their arrival that they are different to the ordinary coloured race.”
As such Hamis commissioning as a second lieutenant in a regular army regiment singles him out as a truly exceptional character. Hami trained in Egypt and fought with the Wellington Regiment at Gallipoli (Where he went ashore on 26 April).
At Quinn’s Post (above ANZAC Cove) Hami a noted marksman formed sniper teams to ‘hunt’ Turkish sniper teams that were at the time causing huge casualties among NZ troops. The NZ ‘counter’ sniper teams were so effective that NZ casualties dropped dramatically & the resultant morale rose.
“Malone assigned this task to his very capable Lieutenant Grace, who was well respected among the men as an accomplished marksman - within a few weeks the enemy’s sniping had been so completely suppressed that traffic in the valley went uninterrupted throughout the day.”
- Bloody Gallipoli: Richard Stowers
“Grace’s snipers, posted throughout the valley, placed a barrier as impenetrable as any earthwork between the traffic in Monash Valley and the Turks whose trenches overlooked it. They were an elite band you got that good you could shoot the left eye out of a fly.’"
Gallipoli, the New Zealand story: Christopher Pugsley
Hami was known for taking a sack full of grenades & sneaking over to the Turkish trenches & causing mayhem by throwing them up and down the trenches. This was a task often given to those with a cricketing background. His actions preceded those of another famous NZ 2/Lt from a later war who with his sack full of grenades crawled his way to the first of his two Victoria Crosses. Hami was awarded a Mentioned in Despatches for his actions attacking an enemy trench on the night of 8/7/1915.
Hami’s accomplishments at this point were considerable. At a time in our history when many doors were still closed to Maori, Hami had attended Wellington College, played representative rugby and cricket for Wellington and been commissioned as an officer in the NZ Army.
Sadly Hami Grace was killed during the Wellington Regiment’s legendary assault Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 3 September 2015 - http://www.allteams.co.nz/small-gallery-article/thomas-marshall-percy-(hami)-grace-(1890-1915)/11011/10053/
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- Chunuk Bair (New Zealand) Memorial, Chunuk Bair Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey AWMM
- Memorial roll, Wellington College, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
- Marlborough War Memorial, 20 Seymour Street, Blenheim, 7201 AWMM
- Marlborough Great War Memorial, WW1 AWMM
- Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM
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Hi, I'm from Clutha Valley school and I am researching Hami Grace in school and I have been looking to see who his brothers were. Respond ASAP
Public - savana - Researcher - 16 May 2018
I will visit you in May of 2018 e koro. Your sister Makareta is my grandmother.
Public - Adrian Te Whatapoto - Direct descendant - 27 September 2017
I hope to travel with a team of students from Epsom Girls in 2017. I look forward to paying tribute to you. Nga mihi... Kei wareware tatou!!
Public - renee - Direct descendant - 26 April 2016
- New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
Vol1: 275 AWMM
- Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2015). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-3). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
Vol. 3: Includes portrait AWMM
|16 May 2018||savana||balclutha, nz||Researcher||
|27 September 2017||Adrian Te Whatapoto||Porirua NZ||Direct descendant||
|26 April 2016||renee||nz||Direct descendant||
|03 September 2015||Lorraine M ||Gisborne, NZ||Researcher||
|21 April 2015||NZ Cricket Museum||Wellington, New Zealand||Researcher||
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