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Taha Kara

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Second Māori Contingent, no. 7 platoon, B Company. From Left to Right, back row: William Walker, George Pomana, Pineamine Pohatu, Tere Hape, Rangi Ruru, unknown, Peta Mua, Kirihona Mackey, standing: Hemi Puru, Rua Kainuku, Mita Pohatu, Waka Horomona, Billy Porou, Mare Renata, Pene Waikare, James Brown, Whanoke Teare, Sitting: Tame Puru, Ngahiwi Petiha, Turoa Pohutu, Ihaia Kingi, Henare Kohere, Nurse, Tawhai Tamepo, Remana Paenga, Tuheke Matenga, unknown, Front: Pera Te Hau, Ropi Whenuanui, Hue Pera, Te Reinga Tooke, Taha Kara, Wi Weko, Philip Reha, Te Ua Pere. Image kindly provided by Sherayl McNabb on behalf of John Pohatu. Monty Soutar Whitiki! Whiti! Whiti! E! Māori in the First World War.

Second Māori Contingent, no. 7 platoon, B Company. From Left to Right, back row: William Walker, Geo …

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  • Birth
    1894 Military Personnel File MuriwaiAuckland Province Military Personnel File
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    WW1 Muriwai, Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
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    WW1 Hemi Kara (father), Muriwai, Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
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    Pre 18 September 1915 AWMM Single/WWI AWMM

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    WWI 16/937 AWMM
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  • Taha Kara was the son of Hemi Kara and Marara Riki Kara, of Muriwai, Gisborne, New Zealand. Brother of Te Rimu Kara 16/936, who also served in the First World War.

    Name mispelled in Military Service record as 'Taka'. Listed as Taha Kara on the First World War Hall of Memories at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. AWMM

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    5 April 1918 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    SommeNorthern France AWMM
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    Bertrancourt Military Cemetery, Somme, France AWMM Plot 2. Row B. Grave 9. AWMM
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    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Muriwai School memorial gates, Muriwai, Gisborne AWMM

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  • My grandfather is Te Rimu Kara from Muriwai. My mother is Ngahuia Kara deceased 2008. She married my father Hoani Papa Russell.

    I discovered Taha Kara through this site in April this year. I never knew about him. Its been so sad.
    My friends travelled to Somme, France in September this year and visited papa taha where he rests in Bertrancourt military cemetery. This confirmed with photos. It's been amazing to research my papa's younger brother.
    There is also another soldier 'Te Hau' next to Taha. We suspect they both came from Muriwai.

    My papa Te Rimu is resting with my nan and their children in a small urupa Moteo, Puketapu.
    We will lay a memorial stone for Taha Kara on top of my papa Te Rimu on new years eve 2018.
    This is so he brings in the new year with us.

    We hope to travel to France one day. I would like to lay a poppy at his stone from his whanau.
    One day ...
    Public - Carolyn - Direct descendant - 14 November 2018
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  • My grandfather is Te Rimu Kara from Muriwai. My mother is Ngahuia Kara deceased 2008. She married my father Hoani Papa Russell.

    I discovered Taha Kara through this site in April this year. I never knew about him. Its been so sad.
    My friends travelled to Somme, France in September this year and visited papa taha where he rests in Bertrancourt military cemetery. This confirmed with photos. It's been amazing to research my papa's younger brother.
    There is also another soldier 'Te Hau' next to Taha. We suspect they both came from Muriwai.

    My papa Te Rimu is resting with my nan and their children in a small urupa Moteo, Puketapu.
    We will lay a memorial stone for Taha Kara on top of my papa Te Rimu on new years eve 2018.
    This is so he brings in the new year with us.

    We hope to travel to France one day. I would like to lay a poppy at his stone from his whanau.
    One day ...
    Public - Carolyn - Direct descendant - 14 November 2018
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  • Visited the site of this whanau in france a in 2005 when i was working with the UN in Europe. The cemetery is in nice little village on the back of a farm and like all CWG is kept in immaculate condition. Said a karakia very emotional experience especially being an serviceman myself. Kia kaha
    Public - Peter - Other Relative - 9 May 2015
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14 November 2018CarolynHastings Hawkes Bay New ZealandDirect descendant
09 May 2015PeterNZOther Relative

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