Topic: Battle of Te Ranga: British

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This page is intended as a record of the British that participated in the Battle of Te Ranga on 21 June 1864. British casualties are thought to be eleven dead and 39 wounded.

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Killed or died later from wounds:

  1. JOHNSON, Robert (c1846-1864). (age 18) Private - 1 year service - Killed via a gunshot to the head.
  2. MAHER, Jeremiah (c1828-1864). (age 36) Private - 18 years service - Killed via a gunshot to the left thigh. MEAGHER Private J Meagher, 43rd Regiment. [Southern Cross, 29 Jun 1864, p3, killed at Te Ranga]
  3. MANION, Lawrence (c1837-1864). (age 27) Private - 6 years service - Gunshot wounds to the left side and the spine. Died 22 June. MANION …two of the wounded privates died during the course of the night, their names were Laurence Manion, 68th and George Smith, also of the same regiment…[Southern Cross, 29 Jun 1864, p3, died from wounds received at Te Ranga]. 'To the memory of Lawrence manion 68th Lt. Infy. who died 22 June 1864 from wounds received in action at Te Ranga on 21 June 1864, aged 27 years. This tablet erected by officers, non-commissioned officers and men of his Company. My race I have run, my time I have spent in soldiering, since from home I went, to India and New Zealand, beneath a burning sky far from my beloved parents, there to die' (Well Done the 68th, p. 203).
  4. McGUIRE, John (c1831-1864). (age 33) Private - 14 years service - Gunshot wounds to the left chest and arm. Later died.
  5. SHANAHAN, Peter (c1824-1864). (age 40) Private - 17 years service - Killed via gunshot wound to the chest. SHANAHAN Private P, 68th Regiment. [Southern Cross, 29 Jun 1864, p3, killed at Te Ranga]
  6. SMITH, George (c1831-1864). (age 33) Private - 6 years service. Gunshot wound to the lower jaw. Died 21 June. MANION …two of the wounded privates died during the course of the night, their names were Laurence Manion, 68th and George Smith, also of the same regiment…[Southern Cross, 29 Jun 1864, p3, died from wounds received at Te Ranga]. 'To the memory of Pte. G. Smith who died of wounds received in action at Te Ranga on 21 June 1864, aged 33y 2 months. This tablet erected by officers, non-commissioned officers and men of his Company. Dear Comrade stay as you pass by, as you are now so once was I. As I am now, so you must be. Prepare for death and follow me' (Well Done the 68th, p. 203).
  7. TAYLOR, James (c1830-1864). (age 34) Private - 6 years service. Killed via a gunshot wound to the head. 68th Regiment. (Southern Cross, 29 June 1864, p. 3).
  8. TIMS, John (c1837-1864) (age 27) Private - 9 years service. Killed via a gunshot wound to the chest. 68th Regiment. (Southern Cross, 29 Jun 1864, p. 3). 'Sacred to the memory of Pte. J. Tims 68th Lt. Infy. who was killed in action at Te Ranga on 21 June 1864, aged 26 Years. A man greatly esteemed and deeply regretted by his comrades who have erected this tablet' (Well Done the 68th, p. 203)
  9. VARLOW, John William (c1840-1864). (age 24) Private - 5 years service. Killed via a gunshot wound to the head. Spelling? 'VARDON Private W, 43rd Regiment. (Southern Cross, 29 Jun 1864, p. 3).
  10. WHEELER, John (c1839-1864). (age 25) Corporal - 6 years service. Killed via a gunshot wound to the head. 43rd Regiment. (Southern Cross, 29 June 1864, p. 3).
  11. WILKINSON, Henry (c1830-1864). (age 34) Private - 6 years service. Killed via a gunshot wound to the abdomen. 43rd Regiment. (Southern Cross, 29 June 1864, p.3).

Wounded:

  1. BEATTIE, Lucas (c1835-?). (age 29) Corporal - 9 years service. Gunshot wounds to the chest and right leg.
  2. BERNERS, H Johannes (c1836-?). (age 28) Captain - 10 years service - Gunshot wound to left thigh.
  3. BRAMBLE, James (c1835-?). (age 29) Private - 11 years service - Gunshot wound to the right hand.
  4. BROWN, Robert (c1840-?). (age 24) Private - 5 years service - Gunshot wound to right shoulder.
  5. CAFFERY, Daniel (c1840-?). (age 24) Private - 6 years service - Bayonet wound to the right thigh.
  6. CAIN, John (c1840-?). (aged 24) Sergeant - 5 years service - Gunshot wound to right chest.
  7. CASEMENT, Thomas (c1838-?). (age 26) Captain - 8 years service - Gunshot wound to the chest.
  8. CASEY, David (c1835-?). (aged 29) Private - 12 years service - Gunshot wound to right ankle.
  9. CLAYTON, Charles (c1837-?). (age 27) Corporal - 9 years service - Bayonet to the left side of the chest.
  10. COREY, Reuben (c1836-?). (age 28) Private - 11 years service - Gunshot wound to left thigh.
  11. CRAWLEY, Patrick (c1832-?). (age 32) Private - 14 years service - Gunshot wound to the face.
  12. DERRICOTT, John (c1837-?). (age 27) Private - 9 years service - Gunshot wound to the left groin.
  13. DRURY, John (c1832-?). (age 32) Private - 14 years service - Gunshot wound to left thigh.
  14. FELTON, Daniel (c1835-?). (age 29) Private - 10 years service - Gunshot wound to right shoulder.
  15. HAMMILL, James (c1837-?). (age 27) Private - 13 years service - Gunshot wound to the right hand.
  16. KEARNEY, John (c1835-?). (age 29) Corporal - 11 years service - Gunshot wounds to the right arm and left leg.
  17. LONGLEY, Robert (c1831-?). (age 33) Private - 6 years service - Gunshot wound to the neck.
  18. MALLEE, Thomas (c1834-?). (age 27) Private - 9 years service - Gunshot wound to the right thigh.
  19. MANION, John (c1840-?). (age 24) Private - 6 years service - Gunshot wound to the right leg.
  20. MARSCHNER, Henry (c1833-?). (age 31) Sergeant - 6 years service - Gunshot wound to the chest.
  21. MARTIN, George (c1840-?). (age 23) Private - 5 years service - Gunshot wound to the right arm.
  22. MARTIN, John (c1834-?). (age 30) Private - 16 years service - Gunshot wound to the abdomen.
  23. McAULIFFE, John (c1835-?). (age 29) Private - 10 years service - Gunshot wound to the right thigh.
  24. McGREGOR, Patrick (c1837-?). (age 27) Private - 9 years service - Gunshot wounds to the right foot and left leg.
  25. MORRIS, Charles (c1839-?). (age 25) Private - 6 years service - Gunshot wound to the chest.
  26. PALMER, William HF (c1841-?). (age 23) Ensign - 4 years service - Gunshot wound to the neck. Lieutenant Palmer, A.D.C. to Colonel Greer, was hit in the neck by a spent ball, and knocked off his horse ; but the injury is fortunately reported to be slight http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=DSC18640630.2.17.2
  27. PAYNE, John (c1841-?). (age 23) Private - 5 years service - Gunshot wound to the left arm.
  28. PURDY, John (c1835-?). (age 29) Private - 9 years service - Gunshot wound to the face.
  29. SARGEANT, Isaac (c1840-?). (age 24) Private - 6 years service - Gunshot wound to the right foot.
  30. SMITH, Frederick Augustus (c1830-?). Captain - of the 43rd Regiment -  (age 34) - 14 years service. Gunshot wound to the left groin and hand. Won the Victoria Cross for Te Ranga. “Captain Smith is stated to have led on his company in the most gallant manner. Although wounded before he had reached the rifle-pits, he jumped down into them where he began a hand-to-hand encounter with the enemy, thereby giving his men great encouragement and setting them a fine example. Although it is not mentioned in the official citation, there is the authority of Mr Cowan for saying that Captain Smith led the right of the advance and received two wounds".
  31. SMITH, John (c1835-?). (age 29) Private - 9 years service. Gunshot wounds to the left leg and head.
  32. SMITH, Thomas (c1836-?). (age 28) Private - 9 years service. Bayonet wound to the right groin.
  33. STAFFORD, Thomas (c1837-?). (age 27) Sergeant - 8 years service. Gunshot wounds to the penis and thigh.
  34. STEWART, HJRV (c1837-?). (age 27) Lieutenant - 9 years service. Gunshot wound to the neck. Possibly Henry Villiers-Stuart http://dlimuseum.durham.gov.uk/pgObjects.aspx?&ID=5683&CODE=9&CATDESC=Weapons&WEB=MAIN&SEARCH=
  35. THRIFT, Abbott William (c1836-1898). (age 25) Private - 6 years service. Gunshot wound to the right leg.
  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. VILLIERS-STUART, Henry Lieutenant (Well Done The 68th). slight gunshot wound to the neck.
  38. WADE, Henry (c1841-?). (age 23) Private - 6 years service. Gunshot wound to the left thigh.
  39. WARNER, Thomas (c1834-?). (age 30) Private - 11 years service. Gunshot wound to the right thigh.
  40. WARNER, William (c1835). (age 29) Private - 11 years service. Gunshot wound to the left leg.

Māori who fought with the British:

  1. GRUBB, Alexander Grubb (1842-1925). A lieutenant in the 68th Light Infantry Regiment, 22-year-old Alexander Grubb (1842-1925) was in charge of the Armstrong gun used during the Battle of Te Ranga.
  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]
  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 Tapsell (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. 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).

Fought:

  1. BROWNLIE http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=BOPT18940622.2.18&cl=CL2.1894.06&e=-------10--1----0--
  2. CRABBE, George Alfred (?-1905). http://tauranga.kete.net.nz/tauranga_heritage_collection/topics/show/291-a-pukehinahina-survivor
  3. FRASER, William (1827-1901). Served as a Colonel at Te Ranga. Fraser Street in Tauranga is named after him.
  4. 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
  5. GREER, Henry Harpur (1821-1886). Lieutenant-Colonel of the 68th Regiment - in command for the Te Ranga battle
  6. HERBERT http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=BOPT18940622.2.18&cl=CL2.1894.06&e=-------10--1----0--
  7. MURRAY, John Sergeant - of the 68th Regiment. Won the Victoria Cross for Te Ranga, ‘for his distinguished conduct when the enemy's rifle position was being stormed.’ He ran up to a rifle-pit containing eight or ten Maoris and without any assistance, killed or wounded every one of them, and afterwards ‘proceeded up the works, fighting desperately and still continuing to bayonet the enemy.’ Sergeant Murray killed a Maori about to tomahawk a corporal who had just run him through with his bayonet.”
  8. PYE, Charles. Captain - At Te Ranga was a small cavalry element of the Colonial Defence Force with Captain Pye in the lead (Pyes Pa).
  9. RANSLEY, J (c1835-1916). A VETERAN'S DEATH - When proceeding to town yesterday afternoon Mr C. Gunson discovered Mr J. Ransley lying dead alongside the road just in front of Mr G. W. Brown's residence on Devonport Road. He immediately informed the Police and Constable O'Neill proceeded to the spot and called Dr Stuart, who pronounced life to be extinct. Constable O'Neill then had the body removed to deceased's late home at the corner of Ninth Avenue and Devonport Road. The late Mr Ransley was a well-known figure about town, having for many years been Sexton for the Cemetery Trustees, and had resided in Tauranga for over fifty years. He was 81 years of age, and was born at Westminster, London. At twenty years of age he went to sea and was engaged in the merchant service in the Crimea during the war. In 1851 be was on the Victorian Goldfields, later coming to New Zealand. He fought in various engagements during the Maori War as a member of the 1st Waikato Regiment, and took part in the engagement at Te Ranga in 1864. Mr Ransley, who never married, had no relatives in New Zealand. In connection with the funeral, which has been arranged to leave deceased's late residence, Devonport Road, to-morrow at 2.30. Col Ward will be glad if as many officers and members of the forces who can will fall in with him at the hour and place named to pay the last tribute of respect to the deceased veteran. 1916/10393 Ransley Joseph 81Y [Bay Of Plenty Times, Volume XLIV, Issue 6711, 13 June 1916, Page 3]
  10. REDFERN, George (c1829-1882). At his residence Second Avenue, on the 10th inst, George Redfern, aged 53 years. Melbourne papers please copy. + We regret to have to announce the death of Mr George Redfern, one of the oldest settlers of this district. Mr Redfern had been ill for several weeks, and his death, which occurred at a quarter to twelve yesterday, was not unexpected. He was 53 years of age, and arrived here on June 10th 1864, with the First Waikato Regiment. He took part in the engagement at Te Ranga and was in several other skirmishes in this district. [Bay of Plenty Times, Tues 11 Apr 1882, p2]
  11. REDMOND http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=BOPT18940622.2.18&cl=CL2.1894.06&e=-------10--1----0--
  12. 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].
  13. TALBOT, Henry Charles (1838-1901). http://www.orange-tree-valley.co.uk/hnj/rr01/rr01_036.htm 
  14. TURNER, Archibald Campbell (1835-1913). Captain. Took part in the fight at Te Ranga. One of the pallbearers who moved Rawiri Puhirake's remains from Te Ranga to Mission Cemetery in 1870. See http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=BOPT19090712.2.8 & http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=BOPT19130103.2.8 

 

Bay Of Plenty Times (22 June 1894, p. 4): Yesterday was the thirtieth anniversary of the battle of Te Ranga, where the British troops inflicted so disastrous a defeat on the rebellious natives, killing 104, whose bodies were buried in their own trenches round the pah, though it is believed that many dead as well as wounded were carried away by their comrades. Of the British troops at least three individuals are still left among us, viz., Messrs Redmond, Brownlie and Herbert, while far more of the Maori combatants are now living in peace in the settlements around this town, though they were reinforced at the fight by tribes from other parts. The pah is now almost entirely destroyed, and presents merely the appearance of a few shapeless mounds on a slight eminence a few yards from the Pye's Pah road and close to the gate of Mr Alex. Cook's farm ; the site is now buried in high gorse and fern.

 

Sources:

Daily Southern Cross (24 June 1864, p. 5). List of killed and wounded at Te Ranga.
 
  
New Zealand Herald (7 July 1864, p. 7). Battle of Te Ranga.
 
Palmer, Jeni (n. d.). Bay of Plenty Deaths 1872-1920 A-D.
 
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.
 
 
Pugsley, Chris (Autumn 1998, n20, pp32-37). New Zealand Defence Quarterly: Walking the Waikato Wars: the Battle of Te Ranga, 21 June 1864.

Taranaki Herald (2 July 1864, p. 3) The Engagement at Tauranga 

Well Done the 68th (1995) by John Bilcliffe.

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