Often on this project is becomes difficult to decide who to mention from the memorials visited. I have taken a different approach with the Devonport Memorial and picked an embarkation date and profile those on the memorial who sailed on this day.
On the 13 February 1917 the 22nd Reinforcements of the NZEF embarked on the Mokoia at Wellington bound for Plymouth England they arrived on the 2 May 1917 calling in at the Cape of Good Hope on the way.
The following men from Devonport were aboard:
Eric Raymond White a Grocer before enlistment the son of Albert and Ethel White. He was killed in action on the 4 October 1917 at Ypres, Belgium aged 21 years old. His body was never found and his name is on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.
George Patrick Gray a Mechanic before enlistment. He was killed in action on the 26 March 1918 at the Somme, France. He is remembered together with another 445 New Zealanders with no known grave at the Grevillers (New Zealand) Memorial, France.
William Parker was a Mill Hand at the Premier Joiner Company before enlistment. He was the son of John and Marian Parker. He was killed in action on the 4 September 1917 at Ypres Belgium aged 24 years old and is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.
John Gifford Wilmot Parsons was a Clerk before enlistment and the son of James Henry Wilmot Parsons and Margaret Parsons. He was killed in action on the 20 July 1917 aged 22 years old. He is buried at Mud Corner Cemetery, Belgium.
John Joseph Bolger was a Bank Clerk before enlistment and the son of Michael and Amelia Bolger. He died of his wounds in Belgium aged 19 years old on the 4 October 1917. He is buried in the Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium.
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