(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|
|Date||24 May 1916||Age||19 years 10 months|
|Address at Enlistment||Tuahiwi, Kaiapoi|
|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).|
|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.|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||Maori Contingent|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||7th Reinforcements|
|Date||19 August 1916|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Devonport, England|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With|
|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||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.
|Date||19 February 1953||Age||57 years|
|Place of Death||Wellington|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Karori Cemetery, Wellington|
|Memorial Reference||Section CH ENG2, PPlot 120 N|
|New Zealand Memorials|
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]; (http://teaohou.natlib.govt.nz/journals/teaohou/issue/Mao04TeA/full.html) [28 June 2014]
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