TARANAKI'S LAST GALLIPOLI VETERAN
Taranaki’s Last Gallipoli veteran died yesterday, five months short of his 100th birthday.
He was Ngahuru Home resident “Gentleman Jack” Moller, who was born in Napier on December 5, 1891, a first generation New Zealander of Danish descent.
The Mollers arrived in Opunake in 1895 and spent the remainder of their lives in Taranaki. Mr Moller was at Anzac Cove on the first day of the Gallipoli landings. He had risen to acting sergeant on June 4, 1915, when he was shot in both legs by a sniper, ending his war service.
While recuperating in Rotorua in 1916 he began his lifetime involvement with the Returned Services Association. A few months later it was back to work at various Taranaki dairy factories. He ended his dairy factory career as manager of the Hawera Dairy CO’s Tawhiti factory.
While at Tawhiti he found himself back in uniform with the Home Guard during World War II. He served under Harry LAURENT VC before being posted to Dannevirke as lieutenant.
After leaving the Tawhiti factory, Mr MOLLER worked as a storeman for 10 yeas before retiring at the age of 66. He then catered for the Hawera Bowling Club, of which he was a life member.
Among his other life memberships were the South Taranaki RSA, Masonic Lodge, Hawera Boxing and Wrestling Association and Order of Oddfellows.
One of his highlights was a trip to Wellington for an Anzac commemoration last year, when he was presented with the 1990 Commemoration Medal by the Princess Royal.
Mr MOLLER is survived by five sons and three daughters. His funeral will be in St Mary’s Anglican Church, Hawera, on Friday.
MOLLER, Jacob Randrup (Jack)
(Regt No 10/786 Cpl NZ Inf Gallipolli Vet WW1)
On Tuesday, July 9, 1991, at the Ngahuru Home, Hawera in his 100th year.
Beloved husband of the late Mary.
Loved father and father-in-law of Euphemia and the late Arnold CLIFTON (Feilding), William (Auckland),
Jack and Margaret (Whakatane), Henrick (USA), Gordon (Auckland), Dorothy and John KUCHLER
(Rotorua), Jean and Ron HENDERSON (Tauranga), Walter and Beryl (Auckland). Respected
grandfather of all his grand, great-grand and great-great-grandchildren. No flowers by request.
Messages to C/o I Taylor, 1 High Road, Hawera.
Friends are invited to a service for Jack, which will be held at St Marys Anglican Church, Hawera, on
Friday July 12 commencing at 1pm, after which the funeral will move to the services section at the
Hardings Funeral Services
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