THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT
VERCOE Henry Te Rewhati
4102, 7th Contingent, South Africa War
16/161, Captain, Auckland Regiment
WW2 Service in Rotorua Home Guard

CITATION
Distinguished Service Order
Gazetted 26 July 1918, p8753
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.  When his company commander was wounded he took command and led the company successfully under heavy machinegun fire.  Next day he carried a wounded man into safety under heavy fire, and the following day, when some of his men were buried by a minenwerfer, he went to the spot and saved the lives of two by digging them out with his bare hands.  This officer was a fine example of courage and determination

Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
Gazetted 1 June 1953, p3004
Chairman of the Arawa Trust Board

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 28 January 1916, p1209
In connection with the operations described in General I. Hamilton's despatch of 11 December 1915

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 31 December 1918, p15231
Sir D.Haig's despatch dated 8 November 1918, submitting names deserving of special mention.

AWARDS
Distinguished Service Order
Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Queen’s South Africa Medal
       Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902
1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Mention in Despatches (2)
War Medal 1939-45
NZ War Service Medal
Mention in Despatches in South Africa

NOTES
Born 21 July 1884, Maketu, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Died 23 March 1962, Rotorua, New Zealand

See also http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/3v5/vercoe-henry-te-reiwhati