Search

First World War centenary: Maori soldiers who came to Hornchurch set to be commemorated at remembrance service

16:51 10 July 2014

Maori soldiers graves buried at St Andrew

Maori soldiers graves buried at St Andrew's Church Hornchurch, Private Filitoua, age22 and Private Taleva age25

Archant

Four Maori soldiers who died in Hornchurch more than 100 years ago are to be commemorated.

Maori soldiers graves buried at St Andrew's Church  Hornchurch,
Private Vasau, age22 and Private Moki, age 21Maori soldiers graves buried at St Andrew's Church Hornchurch, Private Vasau, age22 and Private Moki, age 21

Privates Vasau, 22, Filitoua, 22, Taleva, 25, and rumoured royal prince Moki, 21, will be remembered at a service in front of St Andrew’s Church, High Street, where their graves lie.

The men were among 102 Maoris who came from the island of Niue, in the South Pacific, to the New Zealand Convalescent Hospital at the Grey Towers mansion in 1916.

However, the climate was difficult for them to adjust to and many died from pneumonia, including Prince Moki in 1916.

The service at 11am on August 4, the day Britain declared war on Germany 100 years ago, will also remember the 211 Hornchurch men who died during the First World War.

It is being organised by Dave King, president of the Hornchurch Royal British Legion, and Brian Hobson, the vicar of the church.

Cllr John Mylod said: “I was shocked to find out that 211 men died so we could have freedom - it seems so many for what was a small place like Hornchurch.

“Although war is not a reason to celebrate, it should be commemorated need we forget the terrible sufferings and casualties.”

Read more:

First World War centenary: The New Zealand and Maori soldiers who enlivened Hornchurch during the conflict

Latest News Stories

Police and ambulance attended the scene on Saturday morning

The driver escaped with no injuries after his car overturned on Wingletye Lane, Hornchurch on Saturday morning.

Image of woman police wish to speak with

Detectives have released images of a woman they would like to speak to following a distraction burglary.

07:00
We Are FSTVL has applied for licensing permission for its 2016 edition

Organisers of We Are FSTVL have applied for licensing permission and said there would be ‘no repeat’ of last year’s transport chaos.

10:47
The lucky pupils at the airport for their first flight

Lucky pupils have taken to the skies for the first time in their lives as part of their school’s global vision.

Yesterday, 15:00
Chairman Alan Tomlin celebrates with members of Havering's University of the Third Age

With more than 30 different groups to join, there is an activity for everyone.

Yesterday, 12:00
(from left to right) Hannah Veal, 13, Alicia Gonzalez, 15, Scott Richardson, Jay Douglas, Cirsty Young, 16 and Alyssa Frank, 12 at Drapers' Academy where pupils and teachers took part in a lip sync battle in their school hall.

Who do you think would win in a sing-off between Ed Sheeran, the Spice Girls, Celine Dion and Justin Bieber?

Yesterday, 10:00
Amanda with her certificate

A teenage music student could be heading for a career in the West End after penning a number about the life of Fidel Castro for a national competition.

Saturday, February 6, 2016
Director Michael Eden on the set of his debut comedy film Deny Everything which was filmed in Romford

Since deciding not to go to university, Michael Eden has been working hard to fulfil his dream of becoming a film director.

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Sony Smart Ultra HD 55'' LED TV

Enjoy the ultimate entertainment experience in your living room with the Sony Smart Ultra 55’’ LED TV. Be the envy of all your friends with this huge TV- you can change your living room into your own cinema! Get the boys around to watch the football or get the girls around to watch the DVD of 50 Shades.. this is a prize that everyone would enjoy! Stand a chance to upgrade your current entertainment system by wining this fantastic prize.

Surface Pro 4

Technology is ever evolving. We are constantly being shown new technology that is innovative, revolutionary and designed to make life easier for us all. Gone are the days of dial up modems and computers so large you needed half a room to store it. We are in the age of smooth, small and sleek. Companies are all trying their best to create technology that is easy to transport and guaranteed to be user friendly.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe