Topic: War Memorials: St George’s Church (Gate Pā)

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Three memorials at St George’s Anglican Memorial Church in Gate Pā stand in tribute to members of the Tauranga and Bay of Plenty Volunteer Cavalry who died at Opepe on 7 June 1869 and soldiers from Gate Pā who died in World War I (1918-1918).

Opepe Memorial: St George’s Church (Gate Pa) SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA

Ōpepe (about 12km southwest of Taupo) was the site of a skirmish between European militia (Tauranga and Bay of Plenty Volunteer Cavalry) and Maori rebels on 7 June 1869. Te Kooti and his supporters came across the fourteen Militia camped in the abandoned village. During the skirmist nine of the militia were killed before they could arm themselves. They were buried in the Opepe Reserve Cemetery. This memorial to them hangs in St George’s Anglican Memorial Church in Gate Pa. Those named are:

  1. Joseph Bidois (1850-1869). Trooper. Parents in Tauranga. The son of Frenchman and early Tauranga trader Louis Bidois.
  2. John Cook (?-1869). Trooper
  3. Frederick Gill (c1851-1869). Trooper. Aged 18 when he was killed (reg. 1869/5611) (later exhumed and buried in Mission Cemetery, Tauranga). Son of Mr. Gill, clerk to the Commissioner at Tauranga.
  4. Charles Johnson (?-1869). Trooper. Parents in Tauranga. His record is on the Cenotaph Database.
  5. Ernest Lawson (?-1869). (shot while asleep). Ensign in the Auckland Militia, and was acting as a trooper in the Tauranga Cavalry Volunteers.
  6. Alex McKillup [McKillop] (?-1869). (trumpeter?/bugler of Opotiki)
  7. Charles Potier (?-1869). The son of Te Puna farmer and Frenchman Pierre Charles Potier (1815-1890) who married Te Karapapa the daughter of Puhi-of the Pirirakau and Meria (Charles Rotohiko).
  8. Hector Gillies Ross (?-1869). (shot while asleep)
  9. Michael F. Slattery (?-1869). Sergeant with the Tauranga Cavalry. Married with wife and family in Tauranga.


Mansel Memorial: St George’s Church (Gate Pa) SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA

Tauranga man Herbert Pengelly Mansel was born in 1895 (reg. 1895/16196), the son of Robert Charles (1863-1943) and Agnes Elizabeth Mansel (nee Talbot) (1864-1947) who married in 1885. He served during World War I and embarked from Wellington on 8 January 1916 with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (9th Reinforcements Auckland Mounted rifles, A Squadron) aboard the Maunganui for Suez, Egypt. He died of malaria at the 34th Clearing Station in Palestine on 23 October 1918. Herbert was buried in the Jerusalem War Cemetery in Israel.


World War I Memorial: St George’s Church (Gate Pa)  SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA

The Gate Pā World War I memorial comprises a St. Anne marble tablet with a scroll border in red and black and dark wood panel mounting. It was unveiled on 14 November 1920 and lists nine soldiers from Gate Pa who lost their lives in World War I:

  1. Thomas Clemson (1871-1916). (Auckland Infantry) France
  2. Alvar Francis Fenton (1895-1917). (Auckland Infantry) France
  3. John Grant (1889-1916). (Mounted Rifles) Egypt
  4. John Andrew Bathurst Kerr (1876-1917). (Camel Corps) Gaza, Palestine
  5. Harry Wensley Kirk (1890-1918). (Auckland Infantry) England - Measles
  6. William McKinlay (1893-1918). (Auckland Infantry) NZ - as the result of War Service
  7. Herbert Pengelly Mansel (1895-1918). (Mounted Rifles) Palestine - Malaria
  8. William Charles Leslie Reeve (1896-1917). (NZ Rifle Brigade) France
  9. Robert Francis Willis Wall (1892-1918). (Auckland Infantry) France



How to cite this page: McCauley, Debbie (2014). War Memorials: St George’s Church (Gate Pā). Retrieved from (Tauranga Memories, last updated: *insert date*). In-text citation: (McCauley, 2014).

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