Topic: Te Mangu Kuka (1898-1919)

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Te Mangu Kuka was born on Matakana Island, Tauranga. He enlisted to serve during World War I on 31 October 1918 and was with the New Zealand Training Unit at Narrow Neck Military Camp. Te Mangu died in Auckland Hospital on 22 January 1919, at the tail end of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic. Story by Debbie McCauley.

Te Mangu Kuka was born on Matakana Island, Tauranga on 14 August 1898. He was the grandson of Annie Kuka, of Tauranga.

He worked as a farmer on Matakana Island. His father had died prior to 1918.

Te Mangu enlisted to serve during World War I on 31 October 1918 and was in the New Zealand Training Unit

Private Te Mangu Kuka died in Auckland Hospital during the 1918 Influenza Pandemic on 22 January 1919 at the age of 21. He was buried in Waikumete Cemetery in Glen Eden, Auckland (Soldiers Area C, Row 1, Grave 46). 

The Dominion reported: Advice has been received by Base Records Office from Auckland that 92015 Te Mangu Kuka, of Narrow Neck Camp, died at the Auckland Hospital on January 22 from influenza and acute tuberculosis (28 January 1919).

Mangu Kuka (1898-1919)


Archives New Zealand: Military personnel file.

Auckland War Memorial Museum: Cenotaph Record.

Births, Deaths & Marriages Online (New Zealand).

Dominion (28 January 1919, p. 4). 

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Te Mangu Kuka (1898-1919)

Note:Service Number: 92015
First Names:Te Mangu
Last Name:Kuka
Date of Birth:14 August 1898
Place of Birth:Matakana Island, Tauranga
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:22 January 1919
Place of death:Auckland Hospital
Place of burial:Waikumete Cemetery
Fathers place of birth:Matakana Island, Tauranga
Fathers date of death:dead by 31 October 1918
Mothers name:Anna
Mothers date of birth:Matakana Island, Tauranga
Military Service:World War I (1914-1918)

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