(Service number 16/1478)
|Aliases||Horomona Mouhe HOPA (name in death registration)|
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Private|
|Date||4 May 1899||Place of Birth||Temuka|
|Date||28 February 1916||Age||20 yrs - declared age, but believed to be only 16 yrs old.|
|Address at Enlistment||Tuahiwi, Kaiapoi|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Mrs COSGROVE (mother), Tuahiwi, Kaiapoi. Previously in Linwood & Addington, Christchurch|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Medical Information||Height 5 feet 6 inches. Weight 142 lbs. Chest measurement 32-35 inches. Complexion dark. Eyes brown. Hair black. Eyes both 6/6. Hearing, colour vision, heart and lings all normal. Limbs and chest well formed. Full movement of joints. No illnesses. Free from hernis, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily and mental health. No slight defects. No fits. Declared Fit.|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||Maori Contingent|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||4th Reinforcements No. 2 Platoon|
|Date||26 June 1916|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Devonport, England|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||New Zealand Pioneer Battalion|
|Service Medals||British War Medal; Victory Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
|Date||7 May 1919||Reason||Termination of period of engagement|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
On 23 December 1916 he was wounded in action in the Field and admitted to the Field Ambulance. He rejoined his unit from hospital on 27 December 1916. On 22 December 1917 he was admitted to the 3rd Canadian Casualty Clearing Station in France, with Otitis Media.
|Date||23 August 1921||Age||23 yrs|
|Place of Death||Cashmere Military Sanatorium|
|Cause||Result of war service|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Urupa, Te Uru Ti (main cemetery), corner of Tuahiwi Road & Greens Road, Tuahiwi, Waimakariri District|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Murphy was born in Temuka and was the son of Emma Lea COSGROVE (COSSGROVE) formerly HOPA. His mother married Osbert Lamond COSSGROVE in 1914 and thereafter lived at Tuahiwi in the Waimakariri District. His brother Tane HOPA also served in WWI. Murphy commenced duty on 28 February 1916, when he enlisted at Narrow Neck, at just 16 years of age, and was discharged on 7 May 1919, only 20 years old, after 3 years and 69 days of service. His year of birth was not stated on Attestation. Murphy twice incurred punishments during his service - on 18 September 1917 for being outside corps area without a pass and on 28 October 1917 for drunkenness. He had two periods of leave (1917, 1918). Murphy returned to New Zealand per S. S. Westmorland, embarking at Liverpool on 28 February 1919. His medals were authorized to go to his mother (1 September 1922), but she had moved from recorded address. His brother Tane was written to for her address.
Cenotaph Database [27 June 2014]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5541 0056475) [27 June 2014]; CWGC [27 June 2014]; New Zealand Electronic Text Collection (Cause of Death) [28 June 2014]; Press, 26 February 1916, Timaru Herald, 5 January 1917, Otago Daily Times, 5 January 1917, Wanganui Chronicle, 5 January 1917, Oamaru Mail, 4 January 1917 (Papers Past) [27 June 2014]; Tuahiwi Maori Cemetery monumental inscriptions (South Canterbury Branch NZSG Cemetery Records microfiches) [01 July 2014]
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