89778 Temporary Corporal Te Ouenuku Tahuarehu – 52nd Reinforcements

Te Ouenuku Tahuarehu was born in Porirua on 10th February 1897, his father was born in Porirua and his mother in
the Bay of Islands.[i] He gave Mrs Ngahuia Tahuarehu, Porirua as his next of kin.

Te Ouenuku volunteered for service in September 1918 and was passed medically fit,  his enlistment papers note that
he had been educated at Te Aute College as he had served in the Te Aute College Cadets while at college. Te Ouenuku
is listed as a self employed farmer, Porirua.

Te Ouenuku entered Trentham Military camp on 24th September 1918 as 89778 Private Tahuarehu, 52nd Reinforcements and was promoted to Provisional Corporal and then to Temporary Corporal.

Temporary Corporal Tahuarehu was in camp when
the Armistice was signed on 11th November 1918.
There was no need for the reinforcements and on
20th November 1918 Te Ouenuku Tahuarehu was
granted Leave without Pay and was demobilised.

Trentham Military Camp 1915 

The newspaper and military papers correlate but there
are no other references to the Tahuarehu family on

Trentham Military Camp 

[i] Archway Archives New Zealand Military Archives: 89778 Temporary Corporal Te Ouenuku Tahuarehu

Allan Dodson  2018

6th Manawatu Mounted Rifles parade August 1914