Topic: Frederick Kamu Rogers (c1889-1955)
Frederick Kamu Rogers from Maketu served during World War I with the Australian Army. Three of his brothers, Whakarongotai, Augustus and Wynyard, served with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Frederick received a gunshot wound to the chest at Gallipoli and in July 1918 was discharged due to Mustard Gas Poisoning.
Frederick Kamu Rogers was born in c1889. His parents were Charles (Hare Ratete) and Rihi Titihuia Rogers (nee O'Connell/Kanara) who married in Rotorua on 23 June 1923. Rihi's whakapapa included Ngati Makino, Ngati Pikiao & Ngati Whakaue.
The parents of Charles Rogers were William Henry Rogers who was born in Salem, Massachusetts, USA in c1809 and Kataraina (Rangi Kahwiti) Rangikawhiti who was born in Rotorua. William arrived in New Zealand in c1834. By 1845 he was the first storekeeper at Maketu. He died on 5 November 1874 and was buried at Wharekahu Cemetery in Maketu.
Charles and Rihi settled at Maketu, New Zealand and had eight children together:
- Whakarongotai Rogers (c1886-1955). Born in c1886. He served during World War I. He married Hera Rukutai in 1919. Whakarongotai died, aged 69, on 3 May 1955 (reg. 1955/37426). He was buried in the St Thomas Churchyard at Maketu.
- Frederick Kamu Rogers (c1889-1955). Details below.
- Thomas Titakarau Rogers (c1890-1952). Born in c1890. He died in 1952 and was buried in Bulls.
- Augustus Rutakewhenua Rogers (1892-1957). Born in Maketu in 1892. He served during World War I as a Sergeant in the NZ Pioneer (Māori) Battalion and was awarded the Military Medal. In 1920 he married Katarina Poke. Augustus died, aged 64, on 5 April 1957. He was buried in the St Thomas Churchyard at Maketu.
- Maria (Maraea) Tuawhaki Rogers (1896-1912). Born in 1896. She died in 1923 and was buried in the St Thomas Churchyard in Maketu.
- Wynyard (Winiata) Robert Rogers (1897-1964). Born in Maketu in 1897. He served during World War I. In 1929 he married Jessie Duckworth. In 1949 he married Jean Alston Davidson. He died in 1964 and was buried in the St Thomas Churchyard in Maketu.
- Ihipera (Bella) Rogers (1900-1976). Born in 1900. In 1924 she married Niheta (Andy) Williams (c1881-1960). Ihipera died in 1976 and was buried in the St Thomas Churchyard in Maketu.
- Katie Pirihira Rogers (c1903-1913). Born at Maketu in c1903. She died in 1913 and was buried in the St Thomas Churchyard in Maketu.
In 1914, at the age of 24, Frederick joined the Australian Army. On 15 June 1915 the Bendigo Advertiser reported:
PRIVATE F. ROGERS Private F. Rogers, who was amongst those who have been wounded, is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Rogers, of "Tauranga," North Island, New Zealand. Prior to volunteering for service Private Rogers had been residing in Bendigo. where he had a large circle of friends. He was prominent in athletic circles, having obtained prominence in pedestrian events both in New Zealand and Victoria, where he had competed in professional races.
On 17 July 1915 the Auckland Star reported:
PRIVATE FREDERICK ROGERS. News has been received from the Rev ? II Givar that Private Frederick Rogers, 7th Battalion, 2nd Infantry Brigade, of the Australian Field Force has been in the Lund Park Hospital ? wounded in the right check. Advice, which was dated June 2, declared him to be 'getting in ?'. He is an old boy of St Stephen's School (1903 ?), and has a younger brother in the 1st Maori Contingent. He is a son of Mr Chas Rogers of Maketu.
It seems that Frederick received a gunshot wound to the chest at Gallipoli and in July 1918 was discharged due to Mustard Gas Poisoning.
Frederick married Hilda Petherick in 1919 (reg. 1919/8407).
He died in New Zealand, aged 66, on 3 January 1955 and was buried in the St Thomas Churchyard at Maketu.
Hilda died, aged 65, in 1961 (reg. 1961/41010). She was buried in the St Thomas Churchyard at Maketu.
Auckland Star (17 July 1915, p. 8).
Bendigo Advertiser (15 June 1915, p. 5).
Births, Deaths and Marriages Online (New Zealand).
New Zealand Marriages 1836-1956.
The Pioneers, Settlers and Families of Te Puke and District (2011) by Christine Clement (pp. 286-288).