Topic: Abbott William Thrift (c1836-1898)

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Abbott William Thrift took part in the Battle of Te Ranga (21 June 1865). He received a gunshot wound to his right thigh. This page has been compiled with the help of Abbott's third cousin twice removed, Peter Thrift.

Abbott William Thrift was born in c1836 in Rolvenden, Kent, England. He was baptised there on 10 August 1836. His parents were William and Martha Thrift.

The 1851 census lists Abbott as aged 15.

He attested on 1 April 1858 and became a private (Service No. 339).

Abbott served in the East Indies for four years and eight months before spending one year in New Zealand.

In 1864 the 68th (Durham) Light Infantry (‘The Faithful Durhams’) arrived in New Zealand from Burma. They arrived in Tauranga aboard the HMS Miranda under Colonel Meurant. The 68th built a defensive earthwork at Te Papa known as the Durham Redoubt [built over in the 1870s to raise the level of Hamilton Street. The redoubt was situated on the modern day area bounded by Durham Street, Hamilton Street, Cameron Road and Harington Street].

During the Battle of Te Ranga in Tauranga on 21 June 1864, he received a gunshot wound to his right thigh.

He was discharged on 22 July 1865 with a service record of 7 years and 113 days. He is listed in Well Done the 68th (1995) by John Bilcliffe on page 340.

Abbott is described as having a 'medical disability' as a result of his gunshot wound and became a jobbing gardener.

On 3 September 1868 Abbott died from TB at the age of 33 at Cornwall Cottage, Syham Road, ClaphamSurrey, in England. His father, William, was present when he died. Abbott was buried in Northwood Cemetery two days later, on 5 September 1868.



1851 England Census (via

British Army Service Records 1760-1915 Transcription (via

Death Certificate for Abbott William Thrift (Registration District Wandsworth, 1868 Death in the Sub-district of Clapham in the County of Surrey).

England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 (via

London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980 (via

Medical Report on the case of Private Abbott Thrift who is recommended for Discharge (via

Peter Thrift (personal communication, 12 February 2015).

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


How to cite this page: McCauley, Debbie (2012). Abbott William Thrift (c1835-1898). Retrieved from (Tauranga Memories, last updated: *insert date*). In-text citation: (McCauley, 2012)

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Abbott William Thrift (c1836-1898)

First Names:Abbott William
Last Name:Thrift
Date of Birth:c1836
Place of Birth:Rolvenden, Kent
Country of birth:England
Date of death:3 September 1898
Place of death:Clapham, Surrey, England
Place of burial:Northwood Cemetery, Lambeth, England
Fathers name:William Thrift
Mothers name:Martha Thrift
Name of sibilings:Emma Thrift
Military Service:68th (Durham) Light Infantry Regiment