Topic: Edward Hay (1835-1864)

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Commander Edward Hay was Captain of the HMS Harrier. He led the Naval Brigade storming party during the Battle of Gate Pā at Pukehinahina on 29 April 1864. Edward was mortally wounded, dying from his wounds on 30 April 1864 at the age of 29. Story researched and written by Debbie McCauley.

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Edward Hay was born in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland on 11 February 1835. He was the youngest son of Rear-Admiral James Hay, of Belton, East Lothian and his wife Mary Hathorn Hay (nee Stewart).

Edward became Captain of the HMS Harrier. He led the Naval Brigade storming party during the Battle of Gate Pā on 29 April 1864. Edward was mortally wounded, dying from his wounds on 30 April 1864 at the age of 29.

Hay was only believed wounded when the Daily Southern Cross reported on 3 May 1864:

Commander Edward Hay has only recently arrived from England to supply the place of Captain Sullivan, of the 'Harrier,' who, being promoted, returned home. He served as midshipman on board the 'Havannah' when that vessel was on this station in 1849, in command, of Captain Elphinston Erskine. In 1855 he served as mate of the 'Agamemnon,' was presented with a medal and foreign decoration, and received his commission in the 'Harrier', which vessel is under orders to proceed home, in November last year. 

Grave of Edward Hay (1835-1864) at Mission Cemetery

Grave of Edward Hay at Mission Cemetery. Photo: Debbie McCauley (July, 2011).

Sources:

Daily Southern Cross (3 May 1864, p. 3).

McCauley, Debbie (5 August 2011). Identity and the Battle of Gate Pa (Pukehinahina), 29 April 1864.

The Gentleman's Magazine (Vol II, 1864).

 

How to cite this page: McCauley, Debbie (2012). Edward Hay (1835-1864). Retrieved from http://tauranga.kete.net.nz/battles_of_gate_pa_and_te_ranga_1864/topics/show/931 (Tauranga Memories, last updated: *insert date*). In-text citation: (McCauley, 2012)

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Edward Hay (1835-1864)


Year:1864
First Names:Edward
Last Name:Hay
Date of Birth:11 February 1835
Place of Birth:Dunbar, East Lothian
Country of birth:Scotland
Date of death:30 April 1864
Place of death:Gate Pa, Tauranga, New Zealand
Place of burial:Mission Cemetery, Tauranga
Occupation:Captain
Name of the ship:HMS Harrier
Fathers name:James Hay
Fathers date of birth:6 March 1786
Fathers date of death: 3 February 1857
Mothers name:Mary Hathorn Stewart
Mothers date of birth:c1801
Mothers place of birth:Glasserton, Wigtownshire, Scotland
Mothers date of death:26 April 1880
Military Service:New Zealand Wars