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Full Name
Jack Hotere
Rank Last Held
Private
Forename(s)
Jack
Surname
Hotere
War
World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.
801800
Gender
Male
Date of Birth
20 September 1921
Place of Birth
Rawene, North Auckland, New Zealand
First Known Rank
Private
Occupation before Enlistment
Labourer
Next of Kin
Mrs C. Hotere (mother), Mitimiti, New Zealand
Marital Status
Single
Enlistment Address
Mitimiti, New Zealand
Military District
Rawene
Body on Embarkation
Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF)
Embarkation Unit
28 (Maori) Battalion
Embarkation Date
21 July 1943
Place of Embarkation
Wellington, New Zealand
Vessel
Nieuw Amsterdam
Destination
Egypt
Nominal Roll Number
WW2 12
Page on Nominal Roll
WW2 93
Campaigns
Italy
Last Unit Served
28 (Maori) Battalion, A Company
Place of Death
Italy
Date of Death
23 December 1943
Age at Death
28
Year of Death
1943
Cause of Death
Killed in action
Cemetery Name
Sangro River War Cemetery, Italy
Grave Reference
IX. D. 38.
Memorial Name
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories
  • Hokianga Arch of Remembrance, Kohukohu, Hokianga, New Zealand
  • Mitimiti War Memorial, Hato Hemi te Whare Karakia (St James), Matihetihe, Mitimiti, Hokianga, New Zealand
  • Matihetihe School War Memorial 1939-45, Matihetihe, Mitimiti, Hokianga, New Zealand
Biographical Notes
  • Jack Hotere was the son of Chris and Ana Hotere, of Hokianga, New Zealand.
  • Educated at Te Karae and Mitimiti School, he also won a scholarship to St Peter's College, Northcote. On leaving school he farmed with his father for two years.
  • He enlisted in 1940.
  • Hotere was a keen footballer playing the position of fullback.
  • He gained high praise for his intrepid action in a fatal accident which occurred while he was serving with the Territorial Force. An army truck with several soldiers was returning from a dance at Kohukohu when it went over a bank in the Mamamuku Forge, falling into the water. Asleep at the time Private Hotere was the last to get out of the truck, which had fallen into about 12 feet of water, and got ashore half dead, considerably knocked about. However when he heard a cry for help from the river, he made a plucky attempt to rescue his companion, but was too exhausted from the effects of a gash on the head plus immersion in the water. He managed to get ashore a second time with great difficulty, but his companion was drowned.
Description of Image
  • Portrait
  • Portrait Northland roll of honour and servicemen of WW II [electronic resource]. (2002)
  • Hokianga Arch of Remembrance, Kohukohu, World War 2 Roll of Honour, names: Arona - Moa (supplied by G.A. Fortune in 2008.)
  • Hokianga Arch of Remembrance, Kohukohu (supplied by G.A. Fortune in 2008.)
  • Detail Mitimiti War Memorial, Hato Hemi te Whare Karakia (St James), Matihetihe, Mitimiti, Hokianga (photo J. Halpin November 2011)
  • Mitimiti War Memorial and Hato Hemi (St James), Matihetihe, Mitimiti, Hokianga (photo J. Halpin November 2011)
  • Detail, Roll of Honour, Matihetihe School War Memorial, Matihetihe, Mitimiti, Hokianga (photo J. Halpin November 2011)
  • Matihetihe School War Memorial 1939-45, Matihetihe, Mitimiti, Hokianga (photo J. Halpin November 2011)
Additional Information
  • Next of kin details compiled from information in the Casualty lists published in the newspapers.
  • Age at death listed by Commonwealth War Graves Commission as 22.
Further References
Sources Used
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL: http://www.cwgc.org
  • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll No. 12 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1943 to 31st December, 1943)
  • Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139.
  • Northland roll of honour and servicemen of WW II [electronic resource]. (2002). Whangarei, Returned Services Association.

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