Rangi Henare Tuhata

Ingoa whānau
Tuhata
Ingoa tuatahi
Rangi Henare

Pakanga Tuarua

Tau Rangatū
810683
Tūnga
Private
Address on enlistment
132 Cornwall Street, Masterton, New Zealand
Whanaunga tino tata i te wā o te kuhunga
Mrs L.A. Riches (sister), Rooseville Park, Pukekohe, Auckland, New Zealand

Takupu (7)

Rangi Henare Tuhata was born Robert Hanaghan, in Birkenhead, England. His next of kin were James and Winifred Hanaghan of Cornwall St, Masterton, not Mrs Riches as he declared on enlistment.  A letter in 1946 applying for part of his war gratuity fund stated he had married and was moving to warmer climates, but I cannot find a record of marriage under his English or Maori name.  We know that he re-enlisted as Rangi Tuhata after being discharged from the army on medical grounds under his english name.  He spoke fluent maori, and had a number of Maori friends in the Taranaki region.  His surviving sisters would love  to know what happened to him - if anyone can shed some light we would be eternally grateful.

Thank you ' Colbe' and Jamie. I have managed to get to the notice of the passing of Hoturangi Tautau - I had a lump in my throat thinking that maybe my uncle had changed his name again, but realised the serial number was different. Or am I missing something? Kind regards Sandie

Robert Hanaghan served in the New Zealand Army until medically discharged in April 1943. He then re-enlisted as Rangi Henare Tuhata in October 1944. Private Tuhata embarked for overseas in January 1945 with the 14th Reinforcements, and following further training in Egypt, moved to Italy on 20 April 1945. He was posted to 28 (Maori) Battallion with effect 27 April 1945. He returned to New Zealand in January 1946, and was discharged with effect 22 February 1946. His address following the war was 215 Gill Street New Plymouth, which was the home of the late John Henry Tuhata. Mr Tuhata's daughter Topeara Anne Riches appears to be the person who Rangi listed as his sister. There is one electoral roll entry showing he was in the Hawkes Bay. Rangi did not make any further contact with the Director of Base records following his letter of April 1946. Despite searching intermittently for over 20 years now, I still don't know what became of him after the war. I am still interested in hearing from anyone who may have information.

Robert Hanaghan served in the New Zealand Army until medically discharged in April 1943. He then re-enlisted as Rangi Henare Tuhata in October 1944. Private Tuhata embarked for overseas in January 1945 with the 14th Reinforcements, and following further training in Egypt, moved to Italy on 20 April 1945. He was posted to 28 (Maori) Battallion with effect 27 April 1945. He returned to New Zealand in January 1946, and was discharged with effect 22 February 1946. His address following the war was 215 Gill Street New Plymouth, which was the home of the late John Henry TuhataDamon. Mr Damons daughter Topeara Anne Riches appears to be the person who Rangi listed as his sister. There is one electoral roll entry showing he was in the Hawkes Bay. Rangi did not make any further contact with the Director of Base records following his letter of April 1946. Despite searching intermittently for over 20 years now, I still don't know what became of him after the war. I am still interested in hearing from anyone who may have information.