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391 Lance Corporal Hoani Te Okoro Wineera aka John Jogles Naylor - Australian Imperial Forces
 
Hoani Te Okoro Winneera was the son of Wiremu Wineera & Hanna Cootes born in Porirua in 1888.
 
Hoani was registered in the Porirua School class of 1895 as John Wi Neera. Hoani’s secondary education was at the Maute College in Hawkes Bay.
 
On the 17th May 1915 he was in Sydney, Australia where he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Forces as 391 Private John Jogles Naylor, A Company, 18th Battalion, AIF. Private Naylor is listed as a single man employed as a labourer.[i]
 
The 18th Battalion, AIF, sailed for action at Gallipoli and it is presumed that the now Lance Corporal  Naylor was wounded in late August, early October 1915 as the Evening Post of 18th November 1915[ii] reported that ‘Lance Corporal J J Naylor had been admitted to hospital in London.’
 
It was while Lance Corporal Naylor was in hospital that he was nursed by Gertrude Victoria Kemp who he married, in London, on 27th November 1915.[iii]
 
In March 1917 John and Gertrude Naylor registered, in London, the birth of a son Stanley H Naylor.[iv]
 
At some stage Lance Corporal Naylor was considered fit and returned to
serve with the 39th Battalion, AIF, in France. Lance Corporal Naylor was
wounded in action and evacuated to the 2nd Casualty Clearing Station but
on the 11th February 1918 died of his wounds.
 
Lance Corporal Naylor is buried in the Trois Arbes Cemetery, Steenwerk,
Nord, France.
 
 
391 Lance Corporal Naylor’s grave at Trois Arbes Cemetery.
 
 
 
Gertrude Victoria Naylor and her son travelled to New Zealand after the end
of the war to honour a promise made to her husband that if anything
happened to him, his son would return to New Zealand[v].
 
In New Zealand on 4th September 1919 Gertrude married Hoani’s younger
brother Kanawa Iti Neera.[vi]
 
 
Notes:
AIF military records need to be access to provide details on Lance Corporal Naylor’s
service 1915-1918.
 
References:
The AIF Project: https://www.aif.adfa.edu.au/showPerson?pid=220765
The Auckland Cenotaph: http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/war-memorial/online-cenotaph/record/C132462
http://www.nzwargraves.org.nz/casualties/hoani-te-okoro-wineera
 
Photos:
L/Corporal J J Naylor (Hoani Te Okoro Wineera)_NZ War Graves Project
 
[i] 391 Lance Corporal J J Naylor: The AIF Project
[ii] Australian Casualties (18th October 1915) Evening Post
[iii] Hoani Te Okoro Winneera: Auckland Cenotaph
[iv] Stanley H Naylor (March 1917) FreeBDMUK
[v] Oral history: Katene family Porirua
[vi] 1919/7071 Naylor / Neera: NZ BDM online
 
 
Graves at Trois Arbes Cemetery