William Vercoe

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World War 2

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Rotoiti, New Zealand
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Mrs Vercoe (wife), Ruatoki North, Taneatua, New Zealand
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This article - about William Vercoe's father, Henry Te Reiwhati Vercoe - appeared in the April 1992 NZ 28 Maori Battalion Reunion booklet.   

Stalwarts of B Coy - Major Henry Te Reiwhati VERCOE, DSO, DCM, OBE

Major Vercoe was a highly decorated soldier of three wars. He served in the Boer War 1899-1902, World War I (he was at Gallipoli) and World War II. He was the Officer Commanding North Island Home Guard in charge of fund raising etc. for the Patriotic Board. He also played a significant part in the formation of the Maori Battalion.

After the War he was instrumental in settling many ex-servicemen on farms. He was a member of the Arawa Trust Board 1945-1957 and Chairman 1951-1954.

Two of Major Vercoe's sons served with the Battalion. Henry was killed in Crete, William wounded, and was invalided home.

Two Grand-nephews Christopher and Ted (Gunner) Ruhi were both "39'ers" - founding members of the Battalion. Bishop Vercoe is another newphew.

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