In our second blog ahead of our new exhibition Gallipoli: The scale of our war opening on April 18, Maori curator Puawai Cairns reveals some of her research into a Maori soldier that served at Gallipoli.Unlike many of the other Maori soldiers I researched for this exhibition, 2ndLieutenant Thomas Marshall Percy Grace (10/127 Hawkes Bay Coy / Ruahine Coy, Wellington Regiment, Ngati Tuwharetoa) has a large amount of detail available about his life and family.
Known as Haami to his family (born 11 July 1890) he descended from some very illustrious lineage. His maternal grandfather was Horonuku Te Heuheu Tukino IV, paramount chief of Ngati Tuwharetoa; and on his paternal side, Haami’s grandfather was the missionary, Thomas Samuel Grace. Haami’s parents, Kahui and Lawrence, were to have a large family, and Haami grew up to be a very successful sportsman in cricket and rugby (see this great blog from the Cricket Museum for more about that).Ultimately, Haami was to serve and die at Gallipoli, perishing alongside most of the Wellington Regiment on the summit of Chunuk Bair. His two brothers, Lawrence and Richard, also served during WWI.Read more below:
Puawai Cairns, Maori Curator