Awaiting the Order to Advance (1864)

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Awaiting the Order to Advance (1864).

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Photo: Tauranga City Libraries (enhanced by John Osborne, in 2014).

Taken at sunrise on 29 April 1864, the morning of the attack on Gate Pā. General Sir Duncan Cameron (centre right, hands in pockets, leaning against the wheel of a 24 pounder smooth bored howitzer) surrounded by British regulars, local militia and Volunteers.

Sitting atop the guns:

  • 1. (bushy beard)
  • 2. ? 
  • 3. Captain Hunter (seated behind Cameron atop the larger 24 pounder gun).

Standing:  

  • 4. (obscured)
  • 5. ? 
  • 6. (pom-pom on hat) 
  • 7. ? 
  • 8. ?
  • 9. (very distant) 
  • 10. (sword) 
  • 11. Corporal Kelly (centre back row, shortest, with big beard) 
  • 12. ? 
  • 13. Captain St John (1st Waikato - holding something that looks like a riding crop?) 
  • 14. General Sir Duncan Cameron (centre right, hands in pockets, leaning against the wheel of a 24 pounder smooth bored howitzer) 
  • 15. Sergeant Major Kerr (Royal Artillery officer in a braided patrol jacket)
  • 16. Sergeant Hussey (holding a wooden stake) 
  • 17. Sergeant Smith (Enfield Long rifle) 
  • 18. Dr Henry (leaning on what is possibly a sword).

Sitting:

  • 19. (kneeling with Enfield Long rifle)
  • 20. (Royal Artillery sergeant with sword)  
  • 21. (Royal Artillery sergeant) 
  • 22. (Royal Artillery gunner with Enfield short rifle) 
  • 23. (Royal Artillery gunner) 
  • 24. Sergeant Major Jackson (1st Waikato: atop a 12 pounder Coehorn mortar with its 4.5" bomb shells to the right of him).

Lying: Small dog.

(names from left to right)

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