Topic: Battle of Gate Pā: British

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This page is intended to list the British and Maori who took part in the Battle of Gate Pā on 29 April 1864 on the side of the British. It is thought that a force of 1,689 soldiers and sailors took part in the battle.

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Archived at https://perma.cc/GK29-P592 in February 2017

A report on Gate Pa from the London Times via the Wellington Independent (22 September 1864):

We must not, then, be hard on men who did their duty up to the very loophole of the hidden foe, the very mouth of the rifle pit, the very swing of several hundred tomahawks. One thing however, is too evident. While the officers did their duty as they will always do, almost equally in the best and worst of causes, the soldiers had not the enthusiasm which drives a man into the very jaws of death, and keep him there. They had no wish to be shot down, riddled, or hacked and hewn to pieces — for what? For the glory of Old England? For the protection of their altars and hearths their wives and families? For vengeance? For justice and mercy? No, for none of these things, but just to clear off some poor fellows from their own native land, and obtain the title clear of incumbrances for the speculators at Auckland. That the case of those speculators, and of the colonists who want land and can't get it, is very hard, we doubt not; but hard as their case is, it is still harder to die for it themselves or even to pay other people to die for it. The disaster betrays, what we have other means of knowing, that the soldiers we land in New Zealand are in one respect seriously "demoralised," as a military critic would express it. They have their own opinion upon the war, and they have lost all faith in its justice and wisdom. They don't like shooting down savages upon their own land (p. 3).

Killed or died later from wounds:

  1. AUDLEY, James - Private, 43rd (age 32) - Tomahawk injury to the head. Died on 30 April.
  2. BLACKWELL, James - Bugler - 43rd (age 24) - Killed via a gunshot to the breast.
  3. BOOTH, Henry Jackson Parkin (1830-1864) Lieutenant-Colonel Received a gunshot to the spine and right arm. Died on 30 April.
  4. BRADBROOK, George - Private - 43rd (age 24) - Killed via a gunshot to the abdomen.
  5. BRADHURST, John - Private - 43rd Regiment. Killed at Gate Pa.
  6. BRISSINGTON, William - Private - 12th - Private Brissington, born Plymouth, clock maker, had enlisted on the 10th January 1856 and arrived in Hobart in August 1856 on the ship Lancashire Witch. Killed via a gunshot to the chest.
  7. CLARK, Henry - Boy - RN Harrier - Killed via a gunshot to the throat.
  8. DALTON, William - Quarter-Master - RN Esk - Killed.
  9. FITZGERALD, Philip - Private - 43rd (age 29) - Killed via gunshot to the head. 'Private Philip Fitzgerald, 43rd Regiment. (Southern Cross, 2 May 1864, p. 5).
  10. FULLER, R - OS - RN Esk - Killed via shrapnel to the leg.
  11. GLOVER, Frederick Guy Eaton (?-1864) - Lieutenant - 43rd - Received a gunshot to the abdomen. Died on 1 May.
  12. GLOVER, Robert Coke (?-1864) Captain Killed via a gunshot wound to the head and tomahawk injuries.
  13. GOFF, Henry - Private - 43rd (age 25) - Killed via a gunshot wound to the chest. 43rd Regiment. (Southern Cross, 2 May 1864, p. 5). 
  14. GREENHORN, Andrew (?-1864) - RN Harrier - Killed. Spelling? GREENBOW Andrew, HMS Harrier, stoker. (Southern Cross, 2 May 1864, p. 5). 
  15. HAMILTON, Robert Thomas Francis (1835-1864) Captain- Killed via a gunshot wound to the head.
  16. HAMILTON, John Fane Charles (1822-1864) Captain - RN Esk. KIlled via a gunshot to the head. Buried at Mission Cemetery.
  17. HARDING, Henry - Sergeant - RMLI Eclipse - Killed.
  18. HARMER, James (c1836-1864) Sergeant - of H. M. 68th D. L. . (age 27). Killed via a gunshot wound to the chest. Buried at Mission Cemetery. Spelling? HANNER Sergeant James, 68th Regiment. (Southern Cross, 2 May 1864, p.5).
  19. HARRIS, James - OS - RMarines Curacoa - Killed via a gunshot wound.
  20. HAY, Edward (1835-1864) Commander - RN Harrier. Died April 30. Buried at Mission Cemetery.
  21. HILL, Charles (?-1864) Lieutenant - RN Curacoa. Killed. Buried at Mission Cemetery.
  22. HOLDBROOK, J - Private, 43rd (age 37) - Killed via gunshot wounds to the chest and breast.
  23. HORNBY, S - Private - 43rd (age 24) - Killed via a gunshot wound to the breast.
  24. KEANE, Levi - PM - RN Miranda - Killed via a gunshot to the left thigh.
  25. LANE, James - Private - 43rd (age 29) - Killed via gunshot wound to the chest.
  26. LANGLANDS, Charles John Langlands (c1843-1864) Lieutenant - 43rd Regiment. Killed via gunshot wound to the chest (aged 21).
  27. LEIGH, W - Stoker - RN Esk - Killed.
  28. MADDER, Thomas - Private - 43rd (age 29). Received gunshot wound to the chest. Died 30 April.
  29. McDONALD, Patrick- Private - 68th (age 25) - Received gunshot wounds to the chest and left arm. Later died.
  30. McGOUGH, Thomas - Private - 68th (age 29) - Killed via gunshot wounds to the neck and chest.
  31. MURE, Charles Reginald (1833-1864) Captain - Killed via a gunshot wound to the heart.
  32. PHELAN, Robert - Private - 43rd (age 35) - Killed via a gunshot wound to the head.
  33. PLATT, John - Private - 68th (age 24) - Received a gunshot wound to the chest. Later died.
  34. ROBBINS, George - Private - 43rd (age 23) - Received gunshot wounds to the right lung and brain. Died 1 May.
  35. TRAN, Fred - Private - 43rd (age 24) - Killed via tomahawk wounds to the shoulder and head.
  36. UTTERTON, Edwin (c1829-1864) Captain - Killed via a gunshot wound to the neck.
  37. VANCE, J - 43rd (age 37) Sergeant-Major - Killed via a gunshot wound to the chest.
  38. WATTS, M - Gunner - RN Miranda - Killed.
  39. YOUNG, G - AB - RN Harrier - Killed.

Wounded:

  1. ALLISON, W - Leading - RN Esk - Gunshot through chest and thigh.
  2. ALTON, George - Gunner - Royal Marines Miranda - Gunshot through left thigh.
  3. ARMSTRONG, William - Sergeant - 14th (age 28) - Gunshot, right thigh.
  4. ASHTON, William - Private - 68th (age 35) - Gunshot, left arm leading to his arm being amputated.
  5. ATHERON, William - Sergeant - 68th (age 27) - Gunshot, leg.
  6. BARRETT, Charles - OS - RN Harrier - Gunshot left thigh.
  7. BAXTER, John - Private - 68th (age 27) - Gunshot, left Nates, Scrotum.
  8. BICKERS, Henry (c1827-1885)
  9. BIRCHILL, William - OS - RN Harrier - Gunshot through right hip.
  10. BLACK, Henry - Private - 68th (age 27) - Gunshot, right arm.
  11. BOWDEN, Alf - AB - RN Esk - Gunshot through right heel.
  12. BRIDGMAN, William - Private - 43rd (age 36) - Gunshot, both arms - right arm amputated.
  13. BRYAN, John - Private - 43rd (age 24) - Gunshot, right shoulder.
  14. BRYAN, William - AB - RN Miranda - Gunshot through left leg.
  15. BURDETT, Thomas - Private - 14th (age 23) - Gunshot to the right shoulder - ball extracted.
  16. BYWATER, James - Private - 68th (age 30) - Gunshot to the head.
  17. CAIN, John - Sergeant - 43rd (age 24) - Gunshot to the right forearm.
  18. CASEY, Michael - Private - 43rd (age 32) - Gunshot to the right temple.
  19. CHARMBOLD, George - AB - RN Miranda - Gunshot through left leg.
  20. CLARK, William (1843-1921) - Ensign - 43rd - Gunshot to the right arm.
  21. CLARKE, George - Private - 43rd (age 22) - Gunshot to the left shoulder.
  22. CLARKE, James - Private - 43rd (age 26) - Gunshot to the right shoulder.
  23. COLLIER, Thomas - Sergeant - 43rd (age 38) - Gunshot to the left arm.
  24. CONROY, Bernard - Private - 43rd (age 20) - Cutlass wound to the right thigh.
  25. DONNELLY, F - OS - RN Esk - Sprained leg.
  26. DUFF, George Graham (1835-1878) - Lieutenant - RN Esk - Received two gunshot wounds to the back.
  27. ENGLISH, James - Captain Main Top - RN Miranda - Gunshot wound to the left thigh.
  28. EVERET, William - Corporal - 43rd (age 29) - Gunshot to the left shoulder.
  29. FARRELL, Patrick- Private - 68th (age 28) - Gunshot to the chest.
  30. FOX, William - OS - RN Curacoa - Gunshot to the jaw.
  31. FOYER, W - Bombadier - RMarines Esk - Gunshot to the left arm.
  32. GAMBLES, John - Private - 68th (age 28) - Gunshot to the forehead.
  33. HALLIWELL, G - Private - 65th (age 38) - Received a gunshot to the left nates.
  34. HAMMICK - Lieutenant - RN Miranda - Received a gunshot to the right shoulder.
  35. HUNGLESS, James - Private - 40th (age 30) - Received a gunshot wound to his left hip.
  36. HURLEY, John - Sergeant - 43rd (age 29) - Received gunshot wounds to the right arm and shoulder.
  37. JEFFERY, R - AB - RN Esk - Received a sprained leg.
  38. JOHNSON, William - Private - 68th (age 24) - Received gunshot wounds to the mouth and neck.
  39. KNIGHT, James - Captain Forecastle - RN Esk - Received a gunshot to the right shoulder.
  40. LAWRENCE, James - AB - RN Esk - Received a gunshot wound to the scalp.
  41. LIVESAY, John - Private - 43rd (age 25) - Received gunshot wounds to the right jaw and chin.
  42. LOCKIE, Alf - AB - RN Harrier - Received a gunshot wound to the right elbow.
  43. LOGAN, John - Private - 68th (age 28) - Received gunshot wounds to the right hand and thigh.
  44. MARTIN, Edwin - AB - RN Esk - Received gunshot wounds to the hip and loins.
  45. McALISTER, Alex - AB - RN Miranda - Received a gunshot wound to the arm.
  46. McFARLANE, John - Private, 43rd (age 20) - Received a gunshot wound to the upper lip.
  47. MITCHELL, Andrew - Private - 12th (age 22) - Private Mitchell had attended Lambing Flat after the first riot and was with Captain Saunders on the return march from Lambing Flat to Sydney in 1862. He returned to England with the Regiment in May 1867. Received gunshot wound to the right arm.
  48. MOFFAT, John - Private - 68th (age 28) - Received a gunshot wound to the right knee joint.
  49. MONAGHAN, Pat - Private - 12th (age 23) - Private Monahgan had arrived in New Zealand on the ship Henry F. Fernie in July 1861. Received a gunshot wound to the right thigh.
  50. NICHOL, SPT - Ensign - 43rd - Received a gunshot wound to the scalp.
  51. NOAKES, John - Bosuns Mate - RN Miranda - Received a gunshot wounds to the left shoulder.
  52. NOBLE, John - Private - 43rd (age 23) - Received a gunshot wound to the left shoulder.
  53. O'NEILL, Edward - Private - 68th (age 26) - Received a gunshot wound to the left thigh.
  54. POWER, William - Private - 14th (age 22) - Received gunshot wounds to both shoulders.
  55. PULLETT, James - AB - RN Harrier - Received a gunshot wound to the finger.
  56. PURVIS, Francis John (1818-1914). The death occurred in Auckland on Monday of Mr Francis John Purvis, at the age of 96 years. Deceased took part in the assault on Gate Pa in 1863 and was seriously wounded in the action, a bullet entering his body. At the time of the assault on Gate Pa, he was a member of the crew of H.M.S Miranda. [Bay Of Plenty Times, Volume XLII, Issue 6060, 9 January 1914, Page 4]
  57. ROBERTS, Thomas - AB - RN Esk - Received a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
  58. RUTH, John - Private - 14th (age 27). Received a gunshot wound to the left foot.
  59. RUTHVEN, Sam - AB - RN Miranda - Received gunshot wounds to the left lung and arm.
  60. SERGEANT, William - Private - 43rd (age 35) - Received a gunshot wound to the right thigh.
  61. SIMMONS, John - Private - 43rd (age 35) - Received a gunshot wound to the left arm.
  62. SLOAN, William - Private - 68th (age 30) - Shell wound to the right foot.
  63. SMITH, Amos - OS - RN Curacoa - Received a gunshot wound to the groin.
  64. SWEENEY, Daniel - Private - 68th (age 25) - Shell wound to right knee.
  65. TENAN, Thomas - OS- RN Curacoa - Received a gunshot wound to the hip.
  66. TONER, Hugh - Private - 68th (age 27) - Received a gunshot wound to the chest.
  67. WALSH, Martin - Private - 43rd (age 30) - Received a gunshot wound to the right shin. Leg amputated.
  68. WARBURTON, James - Private - 43rd (age 37) - Received a gunshot wound to the right side of his face.
  69. WARD, R - Gunner - RMarines Esk - Received a gunshot wound to the right thigh.
  70. WATSON, James - Private - 68th (age 25) - Received a gunshot wound to the face.
  71. WATSON, John - OS - RN Curacoa - Received a gunshot wound to the left knee.
  72. WATSON, William - Private - 68th (age 30) - Shell wound to right hand.
  73. WEEN, Charles - Gunner - RN Curacoa - Received a gunshot wound to the lower jaw.
  74. WRIGHT, Thomas - Drummer - 43rd (age 20) - Received a gunshot wound to the left leg.
  75. YOUNG, Edwin - Sergeant - 43rd (age 30) - Received a gunshot wounds to the jaw.

Māori who fought with the British:

  1. HIAHIA, Ranieri Te (?-1902). Rameri (known as Dan), was the famous Māori guide who led the 68th Regiment into the rear of Gate Pā, during the attack on that stronghold (Otago Witness, 21 December 1904, p. 26).
  2. TAKA, Daniel (c1811-1901) DANIEL An old Maori veteran, Daniel, a chief residing at Matapihi, died on Sunday night, being somewhere about 90 years of age. He was present at the last tribal fight which took place at the Mount and later acted as guide to the British troops at Gate Pah and Te Ranga… [Bay of Plenty Times, Wed 3 Jul 1901, p2] TAKA The rangatira Mere Taka, wife of Daniel, the great loyal chief who acted as guide to the storming party in the attack on Gate Pa, died at Matapihi this morning after a long and painful illness. [Bay of Plenty Times, 13 Jun 1889]
  3. TAPSELL, Philip (c1842-1913). 'Death of Philip Tapsell, third son of late Mr Hans Philip Tapsell. The late Mr Philip Tapsell was a well-known half-caste, and had resided in Maketu for nearly half a century. At the time of his death he was about 71 years of age. He was born at Whakatane, his father being Mr Hans Philip Tapsell, the wellknown trader, who in the early days ran several brigantines between Australia and New Zealand, purchasing dressed flax, etc., from the Natives and giving them in return food, horses, cattle, and pigs. When Mr Philip Tappell grew to manhood he joined the British forces and took part in the fighting against the Maoris in Waikato and at Gate Pa, Te Ranga, and other places. After peace was made between the two races he took up his abode at Maketu, and married a Native woman of high rank from the Waikato. His family at one time numbered fourteen, but only three survive him — one son and two daughters. The son is Mr Waha Tapsell, the well known footballer and athlete. Ihe surviving brother is Mr Retreat Tapsell, of Maketu, and Mrs Simpkins, of Whakatane, is the only sister living. Deceased was held in high esteem by both European and Natives, and his tragic end has cast quite a gloom over the community of Maketu (Bay Of Plenty Times, 24 February 1913, p. 2).
  4. TAPSELL, Retreat (c1833-1913). 'The death occurred at Maketu on Monday night of Mr Retreat Tapsell, aged about 80 years. Deceased was a well known half caste and was the eldest son of the late Mr Hans Tapsell. In his younger days he fought with the British troops in many of the engagements in the Bay of Plenty. Subsequently he joined the Armed Constabulary and later was appointed a native assessor. Deceased is survived by his widow and adult family of one son and one daughter, who are living in the Maketu and Rotorua districts (Bay of Plenty Times, 23 Apr 1913).
  5. Hohepa Te Mea. Son of Koraurau who was chief of Otamataha Pa in Te Papa, Tauranga. Acted as a guide for the British (Gilbert Mair: Te Kooti's Nemesis by Ron Crosby, p. 24).
  6. TU, Hamiora (1825-1880). From Ngāi Te Rangī. He served as a guide to Crown forces during the Battle of Gate Pā and played a pivotal role supporting the Colonial forces in conflict against his iwi. For his efforts, he was given substantial gifts of land that he sold to Pākehā. Hamiora was awarded the Victoria medal for 'gallant conduct'. He died at Matapihi in 1880 aged 54. He was a son-in-law of Hori Ngatai. He leaves a grown up family. He received the NZ war medal and a substantial pension for acting as guide to the British troops at Gate Pa and Te Ranga fights (Evening Post, 15 May 1908, p. 2 & Bay of Plenty Times 15 May 1908 & 29 May 1908). TE PAEA On Thursday last the Ngatitapu tribe of the Ngaeterangi lost by death the last of their links with the older generation in the person of Te Paea, a chieftess of about 80 years of age whose only surviving son, Tamati Tu, is married to Chief Hori Ngatai’s daughter. The old lady belonged to a loyal tribe, her brother Hamiora Tu having served with the British troops at Gate Pa and received a pension for his services. A very large tangi will be held at Matapihi, as the deceased chieftess was related to many tribes far and near. [Bay of Plenty Times, 5 Jun 1905, p2] TU The well known chief Tamati Tu, head of the Tauranga natives died this morning after a short illness, at the age of 54. He was a son-in-law of Hori Ngatai. He leaves a grown up family. He received the NZ war medal and a substantial pension for acting as guide to the British troops at Gate Pa and Te Ranga fights. The tangi will be the largest held here for many years. [Evening Post, 15 May 1908, p2 + article Bay of Plenty Times 15 May 1908 + 29 May 1908] (Ngātai, 1903, para. 11).
  7. TUPOTAHI 'The troops in front made a sort of sham attack, while a large force (the 68th Regiment under Colonel Greer) deployed round by Ruatuna, guided by Tupotahi and Hamiora Tu, and under the cover of darkness took up a position in our rear' (Ngātai, 1903, para. 11).
  8. WHAREPOHUE, Te Kura (c1836-1917). The death occurred recently in the Te Puke district of a native named Te Kura Wharepohue at the age of 81 years. Deceased fought for the British in the Maori war and participated in the Gate Pa engagement. [Bay of Plenty Times, 30 Jul 1917] The funeral took place at the Te Matai Cemetery last Sunday, in the presence of a large number of people, of the late Te Kura Wharepohue, aged 81, whose death occurred last week. Deceased was an old soldier who fought for the British during the Maori war. He fought against Te Kooti at Ahi Kereru, and at the Gate Pa under Captain Mair. Te Kura was a fine type of the old Maori, and was much honored and respected by the pakeha well as by his own people. He leaves a widow, two sons and two daughters, as well as eight grandchildren to mourn his loss, The tangi was attended by the Ngati-. pikiao from Rotoiti, and the Ngaiterangi from Tauranga, as, well as by the local tribes. [Te Puke Times, 27 July 1917, Page 2]

Fought:

  1. CAMERSON, Duncan Alexander (1808-1888). General - Overall command at the Battle of Gate Pā.
  2. CONNOR, James (c1835-1918). Crimean and Maori Wars veteran, has died aged 83 years. He was born in Ireland and enlisted in the Imperial Army at an early age. He served in the Crimean War and took part in the battles at Alma, Balaclava and Inkerman. With his regiment he proceeded to India and assisted in restoring order after the mutiny, his service in India lasting several years. Mr Connor came to NZ in 1864 and served in the Maori war, participating in the attack on Gate Pa, Tauranga. After obtaining his discharge, he came to Opotiki in 1866 and settled on a section of land which he farmed to the date of his death. [Auckland Weekly News, 6 Jun 1918 and Bay Of Plenty Times, Volume XLVI, Issue 7023, 7 June 1918, Page 2]
  3. CRABBE, George Alfred (?-1905). http://tauranga.kete.net.nz/tauranga_heritage_collection/topics/show/291-a-pukehinahina-survivor
  4. DOUGLAS, Edward (c1838-1916). Fought during the Battle of Gate Pa at Pukehinahina in 1864, and ran a half-way house between Tauranga and Rotorua. 
  5. FOLEY, Edmund (1811-1884).
  6. GAMBLE -  Deputy Assistant-Quartermaster-General Colonel
  7. GARDNER, R. R. Lieutenant-Colonel R. R, commanded the Royal Marines in the New Zealand War in 1863-64, including the assault on the Gate Pah (mentioned in despatches for gallantry), and action of Te Ranga (Brevet of Major and Medal). http://javnik.co.uk/meritsvcs.htm
  8. GREEN, William. Sailor.
  9. GREER, Henry Harpur (1821-1886). Lieutenant-Colonel - Overall command at the Battle of Te Ranga.
  10. HARDING Our Wellington telegrams some time ago announced the death of Dr Harding of that city. Dr Harding was a native of Belfast, Ireland and after passing his examination in Dublin he joined the Royal Navy and came out to this colony as assistant surgeon in HMS Miranda in the year 1861. he served through the greater part of the Maori war and for his service during the fight at Gate Pah was awarded the NZ Medal for his assiduous attention and kindly disposition to the troops who were wounded. Before leaving HM’s service Dr Harding was married to Miss Rose Brigden. [Bay of Plenty Times, Sat 23 Jul 1881, p2]
  11. HARINGTON, Philip - Lieutenant Colonel - arrived in Tauranga in 1864 as officer in charge of the 1st Waikato Militia. He later transferred to the Armed Constabulary with the rank of Inspector. In the general allocation of farm land to military settlers Harington received a prime site on Cambridge Road still known by the name he gave it, Kelston. Harington Street in Tauranga named after him.
  12. HARTLEY-CARTMAN, R (c1836-1916). The late Mr R Hartley-Cartman, who died at Paeroa recently was in his 80th year. He was a native of Skipton, Yorkshire, England ... Mr Hartley-Cartman came to New Zealand by the sailing ship Chapman ... The Maori war saw him through the thick of it, including active participation in the expedition against Te Kooti, besides being present at both Orakei and Gate Pa. 1916/917 Cartman Richard Hartley 81Y [Bay Of Plenty Times, Volume XLIV, Issue 6605, 5 February 1916, Page 2]
  13.  HENRY, Joseph (?-1894) Doctor - 1st Waikato Regiment.  On 17 October 1867 at Tauranga, by the Ven Archdeacon Brown, Joseph Henry, Assistant Surgeon 1st Waikato Regiment to Ellen Margaret, fourth daughter of the late Abraham Armstrong Esq, formerly Staff-Surgeon H M Service. [Southern Cross, Sat 2 Nov 1867 + Brown, Alfred Nesbitt Papers, Reel 11]. HENRY We extract the following from the accounts of the late Dr Henry’s death and burial published in the Wellington Evening Post of the 10th and 11th inst’s which will be of interest to a large number of our readers who are old residents here or who served in the late Maori campaigns with the 1st Waikato Regiment “Dr Joseph Henry passed away just before 11 o’clock last night after a very brief unexpected and painful illness…married Miss Armstrong… [Bay of Plenty Times, Wed 18 Apr 1894, p2].
  14. HOTHAM, Charles. Lieutenant - (later Vice-Admiral Sir Charles Hotham).
  15. HUNTER. Captain
  16. HUSSEY. Sergeant.
  17. JENKINS, Robert (1825-1894). Admiral Robert Jenkins died at Charlton-hill, Shrewsbury on Wednesday. He was born in 1825, entered the Navy in 1838 and was promoted to be sub-lieutenant in 1844, lieutenant in 1846, commander in 1853, captain in 1857 rear-admiral in 1875 and vice-admiral in 1880, retiring from the service that year ... In 1863-4 he served in the New Zealand war, transported four cargo boats overland from Auckland to the Manukau, plated them with iron and fitted them with 12-pounder Armstrongs and cohorns for service in the Waikato. He commanded the Thames on the Tauranga and Maketu expeditions, and the reserve of the Naval Brigade in the assault on the Gate Pah (New Zealand medal). Admiral Jenkins was made a C.B in 1864. [The Times (London, England), Friday, Aug 24, 1894; pg. 4; Issue 34351].
  18. KELLY. Corporal.
  19. KENNEDY, Denis (1830-1914). On November 19, at his late residence, Gate Pa, Denis, beloved husband of Elizabeth Kennedy, in his 84th year. [Bay Of Plenty Times, Volume XLIII, Issue 6237, 19 November 1914, Page 2] Mr Denis Kennedy aged 84, a Maori war veteran who took part in the Gate Pa engagement and resided there ever since. Deceased was also through the Indian Mutiny and the Crimea War. [Evening Post, 19 Nov 1914, p8] [Obituary + Bay Of Plenty Times, Volume XLIII, Issue 6237, 19 November 1914, Page 3] On Friday afternoon the remains of the late Denis Kennedy were interred in the new cemetery in the presence of a large number of friends and relatives of the deceased, military honours being accorded ... [Bay Of Plenty Times, Volume XLIII, Issue 6240, 23 November 1914, Page 2]. He was buried in Tauranga's Catholic Cemetery. His headstone reads: '101 Denis KENNEDY husband of Elizabeth KENNEDY d 19 Nov 1914 84 yrs' [Tauranga Catholic Cemetery Headstones (1996) by Heather McLean].
  20. KERR. Sergeant Major.
  21. MACKINNON, William Alexander (1830-1897). Surgeon-Major-General Sir William Alexander Mackinnon, K.C.B, LL.D, later director-general, Army Medical Department died on Thursday at this residence in Evelyn-gardens, S.W aged 67... He became sanitary officer to the New Zealand Force in November 1863 and held the appointment till April, 1866 when field operation's ceased. In that capacity he served the campaigns in the Waikato, Tauranga and Wanganui districts ... he was present in the action at Rangiawhia, assault of the Gate Pah, Tauranga (mentioned in despatches as C.B) ...[The Times (London, England), Saturday, Oct 30, 1897; pg. 8; Issue 35348.]
  22. MANLEY, William George Nicholas (1831-1901). Assistant Surgeon - MANLEY The death took place at his residence at Cheltenham, late on Saturday night, of Surgeon-General William George Nicholas Manley, C.B. V.C, who was in his 70th year... As a volunteer he accompanied a storming party at the assault of the Gate Pah, and for conspicuous gallantry in this action he was mentioned in despatched and received the Victoria Cross...[The Times (London, England), Tuesday, Nov 19, 1901; pg. 6; Issue 36616]
  23. MATHEWS, Albert. Private.
  24. MATTHEWS, Henry (c1836-1866). Private - Enlisted in Melbourne and served with the 1st Waikato. Died on 6 September 1866 whilst attempting to extract powder from an unexploded 110 lb artillery shell found near Gate Pa. 'MATTHEWS Henry Matthews of 1st Waikato’s was killed on 6th September by the explosion of a shell which he was trying to open. The shell had been fired at Gate Pa two years ago' [Southern Cross, 1 Oct 1866].
  25. McGREGOR, John (c1834-1912) The death took place in Auckland on Monday last of Mr John McGregor, an old veteran of the Maori War, at the age of 78 years. As a member of the Sixty-Eight Regiment he participated in many engagements including that of the Gate Pa and other East Coast fights. The late Mr McGregor was very highly respected and was a well known figure amongst the Empire Veterans in Auckland. [Bay Of Plenty Times, Volume XL, Issue 5798, 24 April 1912, Page 5]  
  26. MIDDLETON, William (c1836-1917). A veteran of the Crimean War and Maori Wars, Mr William Middleton, died in Auckland last week at the age of 81. Mr Middleton was a native of Wakefield, Yorkshire and enlisted in the 68th Regiment in the fifties. He took part in the battles of Alma and Inkerman and the siege of Sebastopol, then spent six years in India, after the suppression of the mutiny and came out with his regiment to New Zealand in 1863. Deceased fought in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty district, including the capture of the Gate Pa. Since his retirement from the army he has lived in Wanganui, Napier and Auckland. Band matters greatly interested him and he was at one time a member of the Auckland Garrison Band. One of his sons, Sapper Walter Middleton is now on service in France. [SHEATH Mr James H Sheath, who had just died at Napier entered the Postal Department under the Provincial Government at Christchurch in 1865. He opened the post office at Kaiapoi the same year. For many years he was Postmaster at Tauranga and during his stay here acquired the 'Hillsdene' property and built there. In 1910 he was elected a member of the Hawke's Bay Education Board, and became chairman in 1914. Mr Sheath was also a member of the Napier Borough Council , the Anglican General Synod and chairman of the Board of Governors of the High School. Deceased was 69 years of age. [Bay Of Plenty Times, Volume XLVI, Issue 6938, 16 November 1917, Page 2]
  27. MITCHELL, Samuel (1841-1894). Coxswain.
  28. MUIR, James (?-1915). The Pukekohe Times records the death of Mr James Muir, a veteran of the Maori war, who fought at Gate Pa, where he was wounded in the neck and put out of action. [Bay Of Plenty Times, Volume XLIV, Issue 6571, 23 December 1915, Page 2]
  29. NICHOLL, Spencer Perceval Talbot (1841-1908). Diary: Alexander Turnbull Library.
  30. PURVIS, William (-). - young settler who guided Colonel Greer, with about 700 men of the 68th Regiment, from camp at 9 p.m on the 28 April, along the mudflats unobserved, where they took up a position several yards to the rear of Gate Pa.
  31. ROBLEY, Horatio Gordon (1840-1930). Lieutenant-Colonel.
  32. ROLFE, Charles William 1st Waikato Militia (No. 867). Enrolled on 7 September 1863 at Ballarat, Australia. Birthplace given as Mansfield Notts, aged 36, height 5'71/2. Arrived in New Zealand aboard the 'Caduceus'. He received a crown grand of Town Land Lot 109 at Gate Pa in Tauranga and Farm Land Lot 34A Paingaroa (AD 76/1). He received the New Zealand War medal in 1871. On 19 October 1874 he married Mary Hand at the Church Mission Chapel in Tauranga. Their children were Arthur John Rolfe (1876-1972?) and Mary ELizabeth Rolfe (1879-?).
  33. RYLANCE, William. Sergeant.
  34. SHUTTLEWORTH, Charles Ughtred (1824-1883). Major. SHUTTLEWORTH Many of our old colonists will regret to learn of the decease at Home of Colonel Shuttleworth of the 68th Regiment. This gallant officer took an active part in the attack on Gate Pa and was also foremost in the engagement at Te Ranga where his regiment greatly distinguished itself. Whilst in Tauranga this brave soldier was always ready with his purse and genial influences to make all round him happy. [Bay of Plenty Times, Sat 27 Oct 1883, p2]
  35. SMITH. Sergeant.
  36. TRENT-STOUGHTON, Harrison Walke John (c1831-1899). (age 33) Captain - 16 years service. Gunshot wound to the right arm. 'TRENT Captain Trent also of the same regiment [68th] has just died in England. He was wounded at Te Ranga and carried into Tauranga on a stretcher, one of the bearers being our worthy Town Clerk Mr J H McCaw' (Bay of Plenty Times, 29 September 1899, p. 2). - Served for 32 years with the 68th Regiment (Durham Light Infantry). In the New Zealand war, 1864-66, he was in the actions of Gate Pah and Te Ranga. He was twice mentioned in despatches, and was severely wounded in the engagement of Te Ranga when leading two companies of the 68th to the attack upon the left of the enemy's rifle pits, for which he received a medal, the brevet of major, and a distinguished service pension. Colonel Trent-Stoughton was Inspector-General of Musketry, and commandant of the Hythe School from 1880-85. He took the name of Stoughton by Royal licence on his marriage in 1889 with Rose (nee Plunkett), widow of Mr. T. A. Stoughton, of Owlpen, Gloucestershire, and Ballyhorgan, county Kerry. Colonel Trent-Stoughton was J. P. for the counties of Gloucester and Kerry, and was high sheriff for the latter county in 1896." http://www.owlpen.com/history/daunt-genealogy
  37. TRIGGER, H. Drummer Bravery medals up for sale (1 April 2014).
  38. VENEY, William (1831-1907).

 

Sources:

Bay of Plenty Times. 

Mair, Gilbert (1926). The Story of Gate Pa, April 29th 1864 [Reprinted by the Bay of Plenty Times Ltd in 1937 & 1964. Reprinted by Cadsonbury Publications in 2010. Reprinted by Tauranga Charitable Trust in 2014].

Palmer, Jeni (n. d.). Bay of Plenty Deaths 1872-1920 A-D.

Palmer, Jeni (n. d.). Bay of Plenty Deaths 1872-1920 E-G.

Palmer, Jeni (n. d.). Bay of Plenty Deaths 1872-1920 H-L.

Palmer, Jeni (n. d.). Bay of Plenty Deaths 1872-1920 M-O.

Palmer, Jeni (n. d.). Bay of Plenty Deaths 1872-1920 P-S.

Palmer, Jeni (n. d.). Bay of Plenty Deaths 1872-1920 T-Z.

Papers Past.

Pugsley, Chris (Summer 1997, n19, pp. 32-38). New Zealand Defence Quarterly: Walking the Waikato Wars: Maori Triumph at Gate Pa, 29 April 1864. 

Taranaki Herald (7 May 1864, p. 1).

Wellington Independent (22 September 1864, p. 3).

 

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