Corporal

Peter Herbert Vokes

Conflict: 
WW2
Additional Information: 

Son of H. E. Vokes and Edith Vokes, of Auckland City, New Zealand.

References:
  • CWGC
NZ WAR GRAVES
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Peter Herbert Vivian Walsh Addison Vokes was the only and much beloved son and brother of H E and Ada Vokes of Kohimarama, Auckland and Wendy Madill nee Vokes of Te Akau. He was born in Tauranga and ... Read More
Peter Herbert Vivian Walsh Addison Vokes was the only and much beloved son and brother of H E and Ada Vokes of Kohimarama, Auckland and Wendy Madill nee Vokes of Te Akau. He was born in Tauranga and moved to Auckland as a young boy. The family lived at Kohimarama right opposite the beach and Peter attended Auckland Boys Grammar. He was a lively, outgoing person with a great sense of humor and a love of the outdoors. He was a noted rower and, I believe, represented Auckland competitively. He joined the BNZ after leaving school and was working in Opotiki prior to enlisting for war. He signed up very early and left full of enthusiasm for doing his bit for King and Country. We still have his letters and they are endlessly cheerful and gung ho. His last letter was dated 4 May and recounted his experiences in Greece and the hard slog retreating. His last words to his parents were that he was as 'fit as a buck rat' and that they were not to worry about him. He believed he was invulnerable. He left this poem which was a great comfort and solace to his family: This Generation of Ours Surely I am blessed. Yes, blessed in this my country's hour, That I can stand, young, fit to serve. A filial heart that beats in answer to her call. 'Tis true I feel each weary mile with body sore oppressed. An awful thirst that cannot be denied, And dreams, cool-steeped in deepest shade, That torment by their memories roused, But I would seek a vision then, of native bush, Of clover fields and happy herds, Of rivers, rolling rushing to the sea - A vision truly dear, that makes me feel I can but thank my God, that he has blessed And placed a trust in me. My brother and I who never knew him have been greatly influenced by the stories told about him, his huge love of life and cheeky spirit and are ever saddened by the fact that he was cheated of his chance to enjoy that life. He was, however, convinced he was doing the right thing and would have fought gallantly to the end in defence of freedom.


Personal Tributes:

Casualty

Service Number: 
3840
Name:
Peter Herbert Vokes
Rank: 
Corporal
Date of Birth:
Not known
Next of Kin: 
Mr H.E. Vokes (father), BNZ, Auckland, New Zealand
Date of Enlistment:
Not known
Enlistment Address: 
BNZ, Opotiki, East Coast, New Zealand
Occupation on Enlistment:
Bank clerk
Armed Force: 
Army
Unit:
New Zealand Infantry, 18 Battalion

Casualty Details

Cause of Death:
Not known
Date of Death:
23 May 1941
Day of Death:
Friday
Age at Death: 
23
Conflict: 
WW2

Embarkation Details

Embarkation Body:
Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF), 1st Echelon
Embarkation Place:
Wellington, New Zealand
Embarkment Date:
05 January 1940
Destination:
Egypt

Text in italics supplied by Cenotaph Online, Auckland War Memorial Museum

Cemetery

Cemetery Reference: 
Sp. Mem. "C". 15. E. 15.
Cemetery Location: 
Greece
Peter Herbert Vokes
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