Topic: 'For Valour' in Retreat

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Two men won the Victoria Cross for their work during the retreat from Gate Pa after the Maoris sprang their trap. This article appeared in the Bay of Plenty Times on Monday, 27 April 1964 and is reproduced here with their permission.

One of the first men to fall mortally wounded was Commander Hay of HMS Harrier.

Ignoring his fleeing compatriots and the heavy crossfire from the defenders Samuel Mitchell, Captain of the foretop of Harrier, carried Commander Hay outside the Pa.

Outside he met Dr W. G. N. Manley who was coming up to help. Manley dressed Hay's wounds, then went into the Pa to see if he could help the wounded.

He was one of the last officers to leave the Pa.

Manley and Mitchell were both awarded the VC and Mitchell's is on display in the Tauranga Public Library.

Manley fought in the Crimera, Maori and Franco-Prussian wars, rising to the rank of Surgeon General.

He won numerous other decorations including the bronze medal of the Royal Humane Society for rescuing a drowning soldier from the Waitotara River.

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