Headstone of Henry Jeffs (c1844-1867)

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Headstone of Henry Jeffs (c1844-1867).

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Henry Jeffs was born in c1844. He was 19 years old when he enlisted in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 1 September 1863. He served in the No. 8 Company of the 1st Waikato Regiment in New Zealand. Henry was mortally wounded fighting Tauranga Māori during the Tauranga Bush Campaign of 1867. James Cowan writes in The New Zealand Wars: A History of the Maori Campaigns and the Pioneering Period: Volume II: The Hauhau Wars, 1864–72 that; 'Several 1st Waikato men now ran up, and the party gave chase to the natives. The Hauhaus retired into the bush, and the pursuers got in among some fallen timber. Here Private Henry Jeffs was mortally wounded at close range, and was brought out with great difficulty' (page 155). Henry was buried in Mission Cemetery (Otamataha Pā). His ground plaque reads: Sacred to the memory of  Pvte. Henry Jeffs, No. 8 Coy., W.R.W. Rifles, killed in action at Whakamaramara 15th Feb. 1867 aged 23 yearsText and photograph by Debbie McCauley (1 October 2016). Tauranga City Libraries Image Number: 16-248.

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