HOPA, Tane
(Service number 20668)

Aliases Dan. Hare Tane Tiki HOPA-PAURA (name in death registration)
First Rank Sergeant Last Rank Sapper


Date 11 June 1895 Place of Birth Temuka

Enlistment Information

Date 24 May 1916 Age 19 years 10 months
Address at Enlistment Tuahiwi, Kaiapoi
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience Railway Engineers
Marital Status Single. Married Clarice THOMAS, on 17 February 1919 at Pontypridd, South Wales.
Next of Kin Mrs O. L. COSGROVE (mother), Tuahiwi, Kaiapoi. Later Mrs C. HOPA (wife), 31 High St, Treorchy(?), S. Wales, & 9 Kenton St, Russell Sq, (London).
Religion Anglican
Medical Information Height 5 feet 10 inches. Weight 173 lbs. Chest measurement 34-38 inches. Complexion dark. Eyes dark brown. Hair black. Eyes both 6/6. Hearing, colour vision, heart and lungs all normal. Limbs and chest well formed. Full movement of joints. No illnesses. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily and mental health. No slight defects. No fits.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Maori Contingent
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 7th Reinforcements
Date 19 August 1916
Transport Aparima
Embarked From Wellington Destination Devonport, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals 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 November 1919 Reason Termination of period of engagement

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

20 December 1916 he was admitted to the New Zealand General Hospital at Codford with slight piles.

Post-war Occupations



Date 19 February 1953 Age 57 years
Place of Death Wellington
Cause Sickness
Memorial or Cemetery Karori Cemetery, Wellington
Memorial Reference Section CH ENG2, PPlot 120 N
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Tane HOPA was born in Temuka on 11 June 1895 or 11 July 1896 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 Murphy HOPA also served in WWI and died in 1921 in New Zealand as a result of his war service. Tane enlisted in the Kaiapoi district in May 1916, one of the 43 fit men of 76 enlistments in the Kaiapoi Group in mid May 1916. Tane gave 3 years and 186 days of service from 1916 (enlisting on 24 May 1916 at Narrow Neck Camp) until 1919, most of that in Western Europe. He returned to New Zealand per "Ionic", embarking on 8 September 1919 at Plymouth. In January 1918 he reverted to ranks as a punishment for Neglect of Duty. In August 1917 he had been appointed Temporary Corporal. Tane (Dan) married Clarice THOMAS in 1919 in Wales, before returning to New Zealand and being discharged. He died in 1953 in Wellington, of Porirua. He had a fine baritone voice and was a well-known and popular entertainer in Wellington. .


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [27 June 2014]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5541 0056477) [27 June 2014]; Te Ao Hou (The New World) - The Maori Affairs Department, Autumn 1953; Wellington City Council Cemeteries Burials (Karori Cemetery) [28 June 2014]; Press, 27 May 1916, 25 September 1919, Evening Post, 12 December 1939, (Papers Past) [27 June 2014; 26 September 2015; 20 October 2015]; ( [28 June 2014]

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