White cross for Kawenata Kemp (1894-1918)

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White cross for Kawenata Kemp (1894-1918).


During World War I, Kawenata Kemp served with the Maori Pioneer Battalion which was attached to the New Zealand Tunnelling Company. He became ill in France and was transferred to London and then home to New Zealand on board the hospital ship 'Marama'. Kemp died of tuberculosis, aged 23, on 28 January 1918. In 2014 Tauranga's 'Field of Remembrance' was created comprising 107 white crosses in memory of the men from the Tauranga area who died during World War I (1914-1918). Each cross carries a red poppy and the name of an individual who died. Text and photograph © Debbie McCauley (2014).

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White cross for Kawenata Kemp (1894-1918)

First Names:Kawenata
Last Name:Kemp
Date of Birth:8 August 1894
Place of Birth:Palmerston North, New Zealand
City:Tauranga, New Zealand