KOTUA, William Koraka
(Service number 16/647)

Aliases aka HOPKINSON William Koraka
First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 3 August 1894 Place of Birth Temuka

Enlistment Information

Date 13 November 1914 Age 20 years 3 months
Address at Enlistment Kaiapoi
Occupation Labourer (for Tom Eden, Tuahiwi)
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs Mattier (Martha) KOTUA (mother), Tuahiwi
Religion Church of England
Medical Information Height 5 feet 9 inches. Weight 10 stone. Chest measurement 32-35 inches. Complexion fair. Eyes fair. Hair fair. Sight, hearing, colour vision all normal. Limbs well formed. Full perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart lungs normal. Teeth good. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily mental health. No slight defects.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 2nd Maori Contingent
Unit, Squadron, or Ship A Company
Date 18 September 1915
Transport Waitemata
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With National Reserve

Military Awards

Campaigns Egyptian; Egyptian Expeditionary Force; Western European
Service Medals 1914-1915 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date 23 July 1919 Reason On termination of period of engagement.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 31 August 1970 Age
Place of Death Tuahiwi, Canterbury
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William Koraka Kotua, also known as William Koraka Hopkinson, was born on 3 August 1894 at Temuka.


NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5922 0065571) [03 March 2017];

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