Topic: Robert Coke Glover (c1830-1864)

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Captain Robert Coke Glover was one of those killed during the Battle of Gate Pa on 29 April 1864. His brother Lieutenant Frederick Guy Eaton Glover was also killed. Story researched and written by Debbie McCauley.

Robert was born in c1830 in Yateley, Hampshire, England. He was the son of Rev. F. A. Glover, Consular Chaplain, Cologne. Mary Broughton (d. 1841), second daughter of Admiral Broughton.

Robert Coke Glover was aged 33 when he was killed during the Battle of Gate Pa on 29 April 1864.

From the London Gazette:

5lst Foot, Ensign Robert Coke Glover to be Lieutenant, by purchase, vice Nunn, who retires. Dated 5th December 1851.

The Daily Southern Cross reported on 3 May 1864:

Captain Robert Coke Glover entered the army as an ensign in tho 43rd Regiment, on the 18th January, I850. He became lieutenant on the 5th December, 1851, and he received his captaincy on the 30th January, 1857 He served with the 51st Regiment throughout the Burmese war in 1852, for which he received a medal, and he was on board the East India Steam Company's steam frigate 'Ferooz' during the naval action and destruction of the enemy's stockades on the Rangoon River; and he was present during the three succeeding days' operations in the vicinity and at the storming and capture of Rangoon. Captain Glover was one of the officers of the 43rd who led the storming party up to the breach in the pa, and there met his death like a soldier He was killed by a wound in the head.

According to Gilbert Mair, Robert's younger brother Frederick Guy Eaton Glover was stationed at Maketu in 1864. Having heard that his older brother Robert was part of the Battle of Gate Pa at Pukehinahina on 29 April 1864, Frederick went without leave to try and find him. Robert had come out of the engagement unscathed, unaware that his younger brother Frederick had gone searching for him and been mortally wounded. Robert in turn went searching for Frederick and was shot dead.

 

Sources:

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

Historical Review (Vol 53 No 2, November 2005).

Mair, Gilbert. (1937). The Story of Gate Pa.

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

 

How to cite this page: McCauley, Debbie (2013). Robert Coke Glover (c1831-1864). Retrieved from http://tauranga.kete.net.nz/battles_of_gate_pa_and_te_ranga_1864/topics/show/1496 (Tauranga Memories, last updated: *insert date*). In-text citation: (McCauley, 2013)

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Robert Coke Glover (c1830-1864)


Year:1864
First Names:Robert Coke
Last Name:Glover
Date of Birth:c1830
Place of Birth:Yateley, Hampshire
Country of birth:England
Date of death:29 April 1864
Place of death:Gate Pa, Tauranga, New Zealand
Place of burial:Mission Cemetery, Tauranga
Fathers name:Frederick Robert Augustus Glover
Fathers date of birth:4 April 1800
Fathers place of birth:Bath, England
Fathers date of death:25 August 1881
Fathers place of death:Brading vicarage, Ryde, England
Mothers name:Mary Burnett Broughton
Mothers date of birth:22 August 1804
Mothers place of birth:London, England
Mothers date of death:6 February 1841
Mothers place of death:Charlton, Dover, England
Name of sibilings:John Hawley Glover (1829-1885) and Frederick Guy Eaton Glover
Military Service:New Zealand Wars