The ANGLO-BOER WAR  1899-1902 Photo taken at Timaru by Margaret Todd

B. Gee, Bootmaker and McGettigan merchant.


New Zealand's Participation in the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902. Database of all those who served is based on the AJHR Embarkation Rolls. Try searching under Timaru, Waimate, Levels, Mackenzie etc. Check all derivatives. Database can also be searched by contingent. For fun do a search for County keyword - puzzles.  Press Feb. 8 1902, pg 8

The AJHR - keyword Nominal Rolls. 1900-02, H6 contains the nominal and casualty rolls for the ten contingents. Available in the New Zealand Room, Christchurch City  Library and other main libraries and online. New Zealand's soldiers in the Boer War are listed by contingent (Nominal Rolls) in the AJHR for 1900,1901,1902 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th etract, 10th Contingent; H series, H6, H6A,H6B which give: name, address, occupation and next-of-kin. The AJHR

The Auckland War Museum Database

The Statutes of New Zealand June 1900 First Contingent 1900 page 510

Anglo-South African War dead. Details are sparse. 

Watt, Steve. IN MEMORIAM: Roll of Honour, Imperial Forces: Anglo-Boer War, 1899-1902. Pietermaritzburg: University of Natal Press, 2000. 479 p. ISBN: 0-86980-968-7 Provides the surname, initials, rank, regiment no. (in NZ's case contingent), cause of death, place of death, date, interred, monument remarks and reference of each individual of the Imperial Forces who died during the South African War1899-1902, and those who died during the period of occupation up to 1913 and where they are buried, now this is not just New Zealand but the whole British Empire. The remarks and reference are sparse. The listing covers over 25,000 people who died and details. Includes those who died on Somes Island in Wellington harbour of pneumonia and other causes. 

There were 232 deaths in the ten New Zealand Contingents. The GRO list has all but 9 of the 185 who died in South Africa, plus one who died in Beira, Portuguese East Africa and one who was seriously injured but survived (L. A. Ditely). British forces (including Colonial forces) deaths in the South African War are listed in: The English GRO (General Registry Office) Overseas or "ancillary" death registration fiches F533-F539: "Natal and South African Field Force Deaths 1899-1902 (Regular and Irregular Forces)". It is possible to order an English death certificate. The index fiche has surname, initials & regiment/unit. The certificate would probably just have that plus the date of death, age and place (i.e. it would not have the birthplace or full name). There is a set in the National Library, Wellington and in the Auckland Public Library.  Causalities numbers

Men from South Canterbury who served in Australian Contingents
Oz-Boer War Database Project 
Australian sources.

ADAMS, John, Private
Regimental # 7601 9th NZ Contingent
Labourer, Fairlie, Canterbury. Father William Adams, Archdale, Bealiby, Vic.  Friend: John Trotter , Fairlie. Ref: AJHR (NZ): H6A '02 8

BARR, David Masterton
Regimental # 4385 Private 7th NZ Contingent
Farmhand, Timaru. Father Mr Robert L. Barr, Arnold's Bridge, Vic. Friend Mrs Bell, Railway Restaurant, Timaru. Ref:  AJHR (NZ): H6A '01 10

DAVIDSON, Alfred James, Private
Regimental # 3831 6th NZ Contingent
Station-hand, Fairlie. Father Mr R. B. Davidson, Hillgrove, NSW.  Ref: AJHR (NZ): H6 '01 14

O'FARRELL, Vincent W
Regimental # 607 Sergeant 3rd NZ Contingent
Farmer, Waimate next of kin Mr E. O'Farrell, Perth, WA. Visiting Perth relations on way to post in Pretoria after marriage in Melbourne.

Of the members of the Third Contingent who at some time have been connected about Waimate, V.W. O'Farrell goes as sergeant; C.A. Wilson, being an orderly officer, goes as sergeant. C.Y. Ward as farrier, and H. Munro, J. Cooper and T. Kelcher as troopers. Waimate Advertiser  20 Feb, 1900.

ROSS, George
Regimental Number 374, Private, NSW Imperial Bushmen
'B' Coy.: contractor born ?1873 Timaru NZ, invalided Queen's S. Africa Medal & 1 (Rhod.)

SMITH. At Reitfontein, South Africa, on December 2nd, 2nd NZ Contingent, 4 Coy, Farrier-Sergeant Robert Edward Smith, eldest son of J.H. and Mary Smith, 28 Stafford Street, Timaru, aged 23 years and 3 months. Killed in action.    8 Dec. 1900 Timaru Herald Buried - Diamond Hill Garden of Remembrance, South Africa.

Evening Post,  7 December 1900, Page 6
TIMARU, This Day. The Mayor has received a cablegram from Captain Crawshaw stating that Farrier-Sergeant R. E. Smith, of Timaru, who was wounded at Reitfontein, has died from his injuries.

Timaru Herald December 8th 1900 Death of Trooper Robert Edward Smith. No. 418.
His Worship the mayor yesterday received the following cable from Captain Crawshaw "Pretoria, December 6th. Smith dead. Break news to parents, and express Contingent's sympathy. Brown, Goldstone and self doing well." Flags flown at half-mast.

Regimental # 3680 Sergeant Major, 2nd NSW Mounted Rifles
Ag. Regt. Sergeant Major Left Wing 4.5.01, Mentioned in Despatches & Queen Alexandra's Pipes for 'general good and consistent work. Soldier born Temuka, NZ. Queen's S. Africa Medal King's S. Africa Medal, 1NSWMR.


The AJHR lists are not complete, and other names can be added from the Medal Rolls (for QSA and KSA): including about 63 from 7th NZ Contingent and 11 recruited into the Hotchkiss Battery, 2nd NZ Contingent in South Africa. Most were enrolled in NZ, but some enlisted in South Africa. Deaths by contingent are listed in: AJHR H6A, 1903 (15 pages) gives NoK, particulars of death and usually locality of grave, although bodies in isolated graves were reburied in 7 cemeteries by late 1905. It includes 6 names not in the Nominal Rolls. There were also brief interim death lists in AJHR 1900 H6N (to 12 Sept 1900, no date/place) and H6E 1901 (to 3 Oct 1901, gives date/place). Other printed lists (Rolls) of the NZ Contingents are in: (1) Military Pensions (Amendment) Acts 1901 No 53, 1902 No 59, 1903 No 31 (Appendixes), and (2) Roll of Honour 1840 to 1902, 'Defenders of the Empire Resident in NZ' (Ranfurly Roll) compiled by the Earl of Ranfurly, printed in 1902 by The NZ Times: pages 50-94.

British Queen's South Africa Medal, 1899-1902, with five clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (Silver, Queen Victoria, type 3) impressed 3760 Corpl: W. McDonald, New Zealand M.R. Was awarded to British and Colonial units which fought in the Boer War.  The Cape Colony clasp was awarded to British and Colonial units which served in the Cape Colony between October 11, 1899, and May 31, 1902, and which were not entitled to the Defence of Kimberley, Relief of Kimberley, Defence of Mafeking, Relief of Mafeking, or Natal clasps.
The Orange Free State clasp - served in the Orange River Colony between February 28, 1900, and May 31, 1902.
The Transvaal clasp served in the Transvaal between May 24, 1900, and May 31, 1902.
The South Africa 1901 clasp - served at the front in South Africa between January 1 and December 31, 1901.
The South Africa 1902 clasp -  served at the front in South Africa between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 1902.

Publications: Will give you a greater appreciation of service soldiers saw in South Africa. It is advisable to cross-referencing various sources and  note discrepancies in each source.

Crawford, John To Fight for The Empire, Reed 1999 illustrated

Dooner, M.G. The Last Post. Covers officers who died in the war

Hall, D.O.W  The New Zealanders in South Africa 1899-1902 for the War History Branch, Department of Internal Affairs, Wellington 1949

Hawdon, Sarah Elizabeth. New Zealanders and the Boer War, or, Soldiers from the Land of the Moa. Christchurch: Gordon and Gotch, 1902
[Timaru Herald Friday December 1899
Lieutenant Hawdon
, formerly of Christchurch City Rifles, and now of the 24th Regiment, India, has at his own request, obtained a transfer to active service in South Africa. Refers to a son of Mr Hawdon, of Peel Forest, who is well known in South Canterbury.]

Moore, James G. Harle  With the Fourth New Zealand Rough Riders. Dunedin: Otago Daily Times and Witness Newspapers Co., 1906.

Perham, Trooper F. The Kimberley Flying Column: Boer War Reminiscences. 92pp, pictures, Timaru 1957.  Perham served in the Fifth Contingent No. 14 company (Canterbury section) which sailed on the Maori 31 March1900

Stirling John, The Colonials in South Africa. 1907, Edinburgh, details the service of the New Zealand Contingents. A total of 78 Victoria Crosses were awarded during the Second Boer War.

Stowers, Richard Rough Riders at War : history of New Zealand's involvement in the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 and information on all members of the ten New Zealand contingents / Richard Stowers. 204 pages. Map. 2002. Publisher Richard Stowers,  Hamilton, NZ.

Miss Woollcombe, a nurse, letter from the front.
Timaru Herald, Monday 10 April 1900 pg3

Eight letters written by Corporal Whitehead from Addington Camp and the troopship "Cornwall" before his arrival in South Africa. Jessie Whitehead compiled a scrapbook about the Eight Contingent Railway accident. David Lunam Whitehead was killed in a railway accident at Machavie in the Transvaal. Jessie was his sister. Hocken Library.

Timaru's South African War Memorial

Colonist, 24 February 1905, Page 4
Timaru, February 23, This afternoon the Governor unveiled the memorial to twenty-seven deceased troopers of South Canterbury. Mr Craigie, the Mayor, the Hon. W. Hall-Jones and Archdeacon Harper also spoke. Afterwards the Governor inspected 370 school cadets. The memorial consists of a figure of a trooper, standing at ease, six feet six inches high, in marble, upon a solid granite die arid base. It is ten feet high above the gray stone steps. A suitable inscription and the names of the 27 dead troopers appear on it. Unveiling.

In a small park formed by the intersections of King St., Memorial Ave. and Catherine St., Timaru there is a statue of a soldier on a pedestal. On the faces of the pedestal are polished granite tablets. The original 303 replica rifle was taken 10 years ago [Y2K] and a replacement had to be made. Between Dec. 2009 and Feb 2010 it was stolen 2x. Why? The gun had not originally been part of the statue. It used to be at the old Drill Hall on High St and was shifted in the 1920s. Without  The Boer War statue and the cenotaph were linked by Memorial Avenue which was lined with ash trees whose seeds were collected from trees in France after World War 1.

Ashburton Guardian, 20 May 1903, Page 2
Timaru Troopers' Memorial. Last night the Timaru Deceased Troopers' Memorial Committee finally selected a design for a memorial from twenty-two sent in. The design approved is a marble figure of a New Zealand trooper in action, standing loading a rifle. The figure is six feet high, on a massive block of polished marble, five feet high and four feet square, on local blue stone bases. The total height of the memorial is 17 feet. The price is �450. The committee have just this amount in hand.

  Trooper memorial, Timaru. Photo taken April 2007 by Margaret Todd.
Troopers Memorial in its original location adjacent to Alexandra Square because the drill hall was nearby. Note the Drill Hall in the background on High Street. The undivided verso includes the credit "Published by H J Anderson, No.1". Photographer William Ferrier. The Troopers memorial was unveiled on 23 February 1905. Following the First World War the memorial was moved to its present site about 1929 to a triangle of grass bounded by King Street, Catherine Street and Memorial Avenue. On Anzac Days in the past the parade walked up Memorial Ave (previously Charles Street) past the Troopers Memorial to the cenotaph commemorating those lost in the Great War. The contractor was Mr McBride.

The Front Tablet reads:

This memorial is erected by the inhabitants of Timaru and District to
the memory of those of their Soldier Sons who died in action or from
wounds or disease during the Boer War 1899 - 1902

They deserve well of their country.

The Tablet to the soldier's left reads:

Corporal	 W Byrne	 I	 NZ Contingent
Corporal	 D Fogarty	 X	 NZ Contingent
Lance Corporal	 W Roddick	 VII	 NZ Contingent
Trooper		 A H McKay	 V	 NZ Contingent
Trooper		 D McKay	 V	 NZ Contingent
Trooper		 T L Scott	 III	 NZ Contingent
Trooper		 C E Smith	 III	 NZ Contingent
Trooper 	 W Stevenson	 VII	 NZ Contingent
Trooper		 E Ward		 IX	 NZ Contingent
Trooper		 A J Whitney	 VII	 NZ Contingent
Trooper		 R G Coker	 	 Kitchener's Scouts
Private		 W D Harrison	 	 Imperial Light Infantry
Trooper 	 H O'Hagan	 	 S.A. Light Horse
Major		 A G Mahan

The Tablet to the soldier's Right reads:

Sergt.		 F A Baron		 S.A. Light Horse
Sergt.		 F Karton		 S.A. Light Horse
Farrier Sert.	 R E Smith	 II	 NZ Contingent
Trooper		 E R Barrar	 V	 NZ Contingent
Trooper		 F Bourn	 II	 NZ Contingent
Trooper		 J Butler	 III	 NZ Contingent
Trooper 	 D Clarke	 V	 NZ Contingent
Trooper		 J Counihan	 VII	 NZ Contingent
Trooper		 T M Freeman	 II	 NZ Contingent
Trooper		 J Lund		 X	 NZ Contingent
Trooper		 W Mathews	 VI	 NZ Contingent
Trooper		 C D Merry	 VI	 NZ Contingent
Trooper		 W N Moffatt	 III	 NZ Contingent
Trooper		 W G Monahan	 VII	 NZ Contingent

The Rear Tablet reads:

This tablet bears the names of the men who served in South Africa &
Fell in the Great War 1914-1918.

Lieut. Col.	 C E Thomas	 Main Body	 NZEF
Capt.		 L O'Callaghan	 XVIII		 NZEF
Sergt.		 W Rutherford	 Main Body	 NZEF
Sergt.		 H Collins	 III		 NZEF
Corporal	 P Campbell	 VII		 NZEF
Gunner		 W Andrews	 IX		 NZEF
Private		 W A Wall	 Main Body	 NZEF
Private		 C F N Minifie	 XLI		 NZEF
Private		 J L Graham	 XII		 NZEF
Private		 W Gosling	 IX		 NZEF
Trooper		 D A J Ferguson	 VII		 NZEF
Corporal	 C W Saunders	 II		 NZEF


Timaru Herald, 1 September 1904, Page 3 THE DECEASED TROOPERS' MEMORIAL
NAMES TO BE INSCRIBED. It is intended to inscribe on the Deceased Troopers' Memorial at Timaru the names of all the men hailing from South Canterbury who lost their lives by battle or disease in South Africa, and" whether they belonged to New Zealand contingents or to other forces. The Memorial Committee has been supplied with an official list of members of the Contingents who lost their lives, and from this the following names of South Canterbury men are taken. The committee desire to be informed of the names of deceased South Canterbury men who were members of other forces in South Africa. Some of the men named below were in other parts of New Zealand when the Contingents were found, and their addresses are given as belonging to those places, but a list of next-of-kin identifies them more or less clearly with South Canterbury. We give the names as they occur on the official list, and the number of the Contingent in parenthesis
Pvt. Charles Edward Smith, Kaikoura (3), died of enteric at Pretoria.
Corp. David Fogarty, Renwicktown (10), died of pneumonia at Newcastle.
Corp. William Byrne, Ellesmere (1), killed in action at Klipriversburg.
Pvt. Frank Bourn, Timaru (2), died of enteric at Johannesburg.
Farrier-Sergt. Robert Edward Smith. Timaru (2), died of wounds at Bronkhurst Spruit.
Pvt. Thomas Lorimer Scott, Timaru (3), died of gangrene at Pretoria.
Pvt. William. Nelthorp Moffatt, Beaconsfield (3), died of enteric at Johannesburg.
Pvt. Daniel Clarke, Temuka (5), killed in action at Wessel's Farm.
Pvt. Ernest Robert Barrar, Timaru (5), died of enteric at Kimberley.
Pvt. Alexander Henry McKay, Silverstream (6), died of enteric at Wakkerstroom.
Pvt. William Matthews, Gleniti (6), missing.
Lance-Corpl. William Roddick Temuka (7). killed in action at Langverwaeht (Bothesburg).
Pvt. John Counihan, Pleasant Point (7), killed in action at Langverwaeht
Pvt. William Gibb Monahan, Temuka (7), killed in action at Langverwaeht.
Pvt. Walter Stevenson, Timaru (7), killed in action at Langverwaeht.
Pvt. Alfred John Whitney, Timaru or Waimate (7), killed in action at Langverwaeht.
Pvt. Daniel McKay, Geraldine (5), died of inflammation of lungs at Temuka after return from South Africa.
Other names have been mentioned which are not included in the official list. These are Private T. M. Freeman, of Waimate, and Privates R. C. Coker, H. O'Hagan and Harrison, of Timaru.

St. Columba Church, Fairlie
Erected by the Mackenzie mounted Rifles in memory of their comrades
Trooper Alexander H. McKay 6th NZMR and
Sergt. Francis A. Baron (Brabant's Horse) who died serving their Country in South Africa in 1902.

Newspaper snippets from Papers Past

Press 8 February 1902 Page 8
NCO - E Squadron
Sergeant James Graig, farmer, Glen-iti, Timaru
Sergeant William Clouston, draper, Geraldine
Corporal James Charles Finlday, engineer, Timaru
Lance-Corporal Leonard Edward John Worthington; farm hand, Pleasant Point, Timaru.
Shoeing-Smith Colin Campbell McPhederan, blacksmith, Fairview, Timaru.

Acton, Francis, sheep-farmer. Pleasant Point, Timaru.
Bailey, Harold Desmond, farm hand, Timaru, South Canterbury. (Son of Colonel S. C. Bailey.)
Horley, Lewis, storeman, Waimate.
Jackson, William Robert, labourer, Waimate.

F Squadron
 Shoeing-Smith Isaac A. Blissett, farmer (father lives at  Orari)
Saddler-Sergeant Robert James McLean, saddler, Fairlie. South Canterbury.

Barron, James, farmer, Dunrobin, via Heriot, Otago.
Miller, Alexander, slaughterman, Timaru, (Mother resides at Fairfield; North Dunedin.)
Newton, William, labourer, Temuka
Todd, Joseph Matthew, storeman, Fairlie

G Squadron - from Otago and Southland
Evans, Frederick Charles, 2Sf Edward street, Timaru.
Harvey, David, labourer, Ashwick Flat, Fairlie, South Canterbury.
King, Francis Joseph, farmer, Glenavy, South Canterbury.
King, Frederick William, survey assistant, Glenavy, South Canterbury.

H Squadron -
Kidd, Thomas, shepherd, Albury, South Canterbury
Pinkerton; Robert, shepherd, Fairlie, South Canterbury.
Thomas, Nicholas Lindsay, labourer, Belt street, Waimate

Timaru Herald Friday 29 December 1899
Farewell at the Temuka Volunteer Hall to Captain Hayhurst who is leaving for Wellington to join the contingent. A supper had been spread by Mr O'Donoghue, and about 300 sat down to partake of it. Several officers of other companies were present. including Majors Young and Jowsey, Captains Richardson and Cutten, Lieutenants Felden, Foden and Crawshaw. All wished Captain Hayhurst and Lieutenant Findlay and all fellow colonist in the Transvaal every success.
Mr Frank Simmons, of Compstall, has presented a horse to the South Canterbury Contingent for use in the Transvaal. The horse is a beautiful bay standing 125.3 and a first rate fence, just the sort required. Mr T. Teschemaker as offered two horses, and Mr R. Brookland, Pareora one. Mr Empson, stock inspector goes today to inspect these three animals, and if suitable will bring them to Timaru for veterinary inspection. Mr Empson is the local officer to whom such offers are made.

Timaru Herald Friday December 1899
Three members of the Waimate Rifles, Corporals Collet and Gladstone, and Private Goldstone, having volunteered for service in South Africa, left yesterday by the express for Christchurch, to be inspected previous to the acceptance of their offer. They were accompanied by a number of their comrades and of the townspeople. In honour of the occasion the Union Jack was flying at the satin.

Timaru Herald Monday 1st January 1900
On Saturday Troopers Greig, Thoreau, King, and Smith of the South Canterbury Mounted Rifles, Private West of the City Rifles, and Private Brown, of the Timaru Rifles, whose services have been accepted for South Africa, and who join the camp at Wellington in readiness to take their departure by the Waiwera in about two weeks. Added to the train there was a horse truck containing four horses for the contingent. The pick "Von Moltke," the Hospital staff's gift to Volunteer Brown. Two other's given by Mr T. Teschemaker and one by Mr R. Bell, of Waimate, a reliable hunter. 
2nd Jan. Trooper Connolly, a Temuka member of the South Canterbury Mounted Rifles, received word yesterday to leave for Wellington by last night's express to join the contingent. The departure of Captain Hayhurst on Saturday was the cause of a great outburst of patriotic feeling.

Timaru Herald, 15 May 1900, Page 2
Trooper Ernest Talbot, of the South Canterbury Mounted Rifles, and the eldest son of Mr George Talbot, of Kingsdown, left by the express yesterday for Dunedin where he joins the steamer Ormazon, bound for South Africa. He is one of the men picked to go in charge of the remounts. A number of his comrades of the Mounted Rifles and friends assembled to see him off, and gave him three hearty cheers. Trooper Talbot intends to join one of the New Zealand Contingents in South Africa. Mr Harold Bailey, son of Colonel Bailey, goes by the same boat.

Southland Times 23 July 1900, Page 3
Wellington, July 22,
The Premier has received a cable from the High Commissioner reporting the following casualties among the New Zealand Mounted Infantry at Reitville on the 16th July : Severely wounded : Lieut. John Findlay (Temuka) 
missing : Captain L. Bourne (Timaru), Privates A. Cone (Rangiora), C. E Cross (Fairlie), R.D. Smith (Waimate)
The Premier has also received information that 160 of our men have been taken into the South African police service, and 100 of the men who went to Biera under Captain Major, have passed into the Imperial service.

Star, 18 September 1900, Page 3
The Premier has received the following cable message from Sir Alfred Milder, dated Sept. 17: The following New Zealand prisoners of war were released at Novitgedacht: Troopers R. D. Smith, Waimate; A.C. Cone, Rangiora; C. E. Cross, Fairlie.; This accounts for all the New Zealand prisoners who were captured at Reitvlei [Reitville] on July 16.

Timaru Herald, 11 December 1900, Page 3 LETTERS FROM THE FRONT. Mr B. Gould has received a couple of letters from his son, Horace B. Gould, of Brabant's Horse. The first is dated Vet Kops, October 20th, and states that the Colonial Division had expected to be disbanded on the 18th, but owing to De Wet being still at large they were asked by Lord Roberts to stop until hostilities ceased, and they had agreed to do so on condition that they were not kept longer than February 21st. He describes the rations they have had, as four biscuits, as hard as flint, and lib of bully (boulli) beef, per day, the latter resembling stringy bark, but very often they are away from supplied and have only two biscuits. Some of the men spend most of their pay in buying food when they come near a town, but Gould prefers to save his pay and make up for his slack belt when he returns to New Zealand. The men have rum served out twice a week, and Gould says he sells his for 2s 6d each time, and that keeps him going in candles, matches, etc. They had been expecting a big fight on the 19th. "It did not come off, through the Border Rifles and the Kafrarian Rifles laying down their arms' and refusing to go forward owing to their unwillingness to serve any longer, as they are time expired. I don't know yet how it is going to be fixed up we can't very well do without them." Brabant's Horse were working with Kitchener's Horse and the Australian Bushmen. Harold Bailey is in the former, but I have not seen him yet. I was told to-day he was there, so I am going to try to get to their camp, about three miles away." The country, he says, "will be in a bad state when we are done with it. Every house we come to we ask for the man that owns it, and if he is absent, and his wife can give no satisfactory reason for his absence, we commandeer whatever is worth taking, then burn the whole place, sending the women and children to the nearest town. De Wet is doing his country a lot of harm by fighting now. If he passes a house he will shoot the owner if he refuses to come and fight, so the man cannot help himself. Then we come soon after and burn the place down because the man is away, so the burghers are in a very unenviable position."

Evening Post, 30 January 1901, Page 5
Sir Alfred Milner has cabled to the Government that Private O. K. Ward, of Port Chalmers (Fourth Contingent), died of enteric fever at Johannesburg on 25th January, and that Private T. R. Moss, of Winchester, Canterbury (Third Contingent) is dangerously ill at Pretoria.

Taranaki Herald, 8 January 1900, Page 3
Among the officers appointed to the second New Zealand contingent is Captain Hayhurst, of Temuka, This gentleman has an income of about 5000 pounds a year. He has one of the finest estates in South Canterbury. He leaves behind him a wife and five children. He was educated at the Leys School, Cambridge; under the famous Dr. Moulton. He was appointed a J.P. 16 years ago, and was the youngest magistrate ever appointed in the colony. In November last Mr Hayhurst was elected first Mayor of Temuka. He is a member of the Diocesan Synod of Canterbury, a churchwarden of St., Savior's, Temuka, and is closely identified with nearly all the public and charitable institutions in his district."

Timaru Herald, 9 February 1900, Page 3
Star  13 February 1900, Page 3 (Third Contingent)
Star 16 February 1900, Page 3
The following South Canterbury men have so far been selected as members of the Canterbury Troop :
Acland, Leonard George Dyke, Birch Hill, Glentanner
Butler, John, Beaconsfield
Bennett, Harold, Four Peaks
Cross, Charles Edward, Fairlie
Canavan, John William, Orari
Coupland, Archibald, Beaconsfield
Cooper, John Gordon Gunn, Waimate
Evans, Edward Charles, Orari Gorge
Grahame, Hugh Charles, Timaru
Harper, Henry John Cracroft, Ashburton
Heasley, John Joseph, Ashburton
Henderson, James, Orari
Jowsey, Hugh, Timaru, (Sergeant) (son of Major Jowsey, formerly a horse trainer at Timaru)
Kelcher, Thomas William, Waimate
Kidd William (Timaru)
Lusk, Charles, Ashburton
Moffatt, William Nelthorp, Timaru
M'Farlane, Robert, Timaru
Macintosh, Archibald Morton, Blue Cliffs
Moss, Thomas Richard, Winchester
Munro, Hugh, Waimate
McLeod, Hector, Orari Gorge
O'Farrell, Vincent William, Waimate
Roberts, Charles Clarendon, Ashburton
Strachan, David, Timaru
Smith, Charles Edward, Tinwald
Scott, Thomas Lorimer, Timaru
Stone, Ernest Hartley, Timaru
Tindall, Thomas Rutherford, Kakahu Bush
Upton, Robert Henry Bramley, Ashburton
Vernall, Charles Frederick, Orari
Walker, William Thomas, Ruapuna, Ashburton
Ward, Cecil Young, Waimate.
Wilson Charles Augustus, Waimate

The officers of the South Canterbury Battalion and citizens of Timaru intend presenting a testimonial to Major Jowsey, Commander of the Canterbury Contingent, before he leaves Timaru, and a meeting for this purpose has been arranged to take place to-night.

Evening Post, 12 February 1900, Page 5
The Government has now definitely appointed Major Jowsey to command the Third Contingent.
MAJOR JOWSEY'S CAREER. Major Thomas Jowsey, who has been chosen for the command of the Rough Riders is (says the Lyttelton Times) a native of Middlesbrough, England. He served for seven years in ,the 15th (King's) Hussars, most of the time in , India. He was fencing and gymnastic instructor to the Regiment and Military School at Poona for some time, and was in the Commissariat Department at Meerut. He retired by purchase and married, and after remaining a year or two at Home, came to New Zealand just 20 years ago, and obtained the appointment of steward and dispenser at Timaru Hospital, a position he has ever since held. He joined the Timaru Rifles as lieutenant under Captain J. W. White soon after settling in Timaru, and is now major of the South Canterbury battalion. At the annual camps under Colonel Gordon he has filled every staff office, and has every year been selected for some staff duty. Major Jowsey has not taken part in any public duties apart from volunteering, but as an officer of the South Canterbury Hospital Board he was highly esteemed personally, and was valued for his services. He has only one son, who is a trooper in the Canterbury Troop.

Evening Post, 16 March 1900
TIMARU, This Day. Dr. Thomas, Captain of the Timaru Port Guards, goes to Wellington to-morrow to be surgeon to the Fifth Contingent.

Evening Post, 17 January 1900, Page 5 OUR SECOND CONTINGENT.
Among the officers appointee to the Second New Zealand Contingent is Captain Hayhurst, of Temuka. This gentleman has an income of about 500 pounds a year. He has one of the finest estates in South Canterbury. He leaves behind him a wife and live children.

Otago Witness 5 April 1900, Page 26
Christchurch March 29. The Roll Call
The Canterbury Company.  Officers : Captain Currie (of Auckland), and Lieutenants Bailey (of Timaru), and Whyte (of Christchurch).
Noncommissioned officers:
Campbell, Murray Graham Lyon, Studholme;
Logan, Glenlogan, Waimate
Lindsay, Patrick, Timaru.
McTaggart, Duncan, Morven, Waimate
Barrar, Ernest Robert, Timaru
Barker, Frank L., Ohapi, Orari
Byng, John Anstruther, Pareora Estate, St. Andrews
Emms, Ernest, Blue Cliffs  [Charlie Elms]
Geddes, Guy Westland, Orari Gorge
Gosling, William Charles, Timaru
Gould, Jones William, Timaru
Hobbs, John Burton, Timaru
Leslie, Alexander Forbes, Temuka
Lindsay, James Ferguson, Waimate
M'Kay, Daniel, Winchester
Williams, Nathan, Timaru

Otago Witness, 17 May 1900, Page 42
By the s.s. Fernfield, which left Timaru on Thursday, two young men, H. Gould and S. Cuthbert took passage to South Africa. They are bent on trying their luck there (says the Herald), and intend working their way to the front, with a possibility of joining one or other other of the New Zealand contingents already on the scene of operations.

Evening Post, 13 June 1900, Page 6
CAPTAIN HAYHURST INTERVIEWED. Captain Hayhurst was interviewed in the Paparoa's smoking-room. He expressed his disappointment at hearing the dictum of three, medical officers that he must drop out of the campaign. The Captain said he was suffering from an old internal complaint which the long hours spent in the saddle have aggravated. But the doctors told him it was useless of him to continue under the pain and strain. "Just us I was enjoying myself, too," said he. He went on to say that Major Cradock had men to be proud of, men "grafted" had, who were given the hardest work to do, and who were never so happy as when they were fighting. The Major himself worked harder than any other member of the Contingent, and was very considerate to his men. Whilst Captain Hayhurst was with the Contingent he found that food was always plentiful. Our men learned lot in the matter of scouting through being associated with the Canadians, who were a fine lot of fellows. The British officers proved to be rather exclusive, and kept to themselves both in camp and on the march. So far as the Captain could gather, the general impression in South Africa was that guerilla warfare would succeed the main engagements and that the Boers would prove troublesome for some time to come.
As Captain Hayhurst is a landowner in the Temuka district, he was asked for his opinion as to the appearance of South Africa (is compared with New Zealand.
He replied that the portion of which he had travelled - the centre of the Free State "was not worth living in. The best of what he had seen was to be compared to the worse land he had seen in New Zealand.... The men of the Contingent, who went out to South Africa, hoping to take up laud there were grievously disappointed at the poor appearance of the country. They, like himself, were now satisfied that their own colony, was hard to beat for settlement purposes. Captain Hayhurst intends spending a few weeks at Rotorua before going home to Temuka. Mrs. Hayhurst joined her husband in Wellington this morning.

New Zealand Free Lance, 11 August 1900, Page 3
Dr Thomas, of Timaru, who went away with our Fifth Contingent to seek excitement in South Africa, has sent word that he has been attached to Carrington's force. The little doctor nursed Timaru Rhodes throughout his illness a few years ago, and on the death of the wealthy Rhodes a family which has a large hand upon the material wealth of other places than Rhodesia he married the young widow. Mrs Rhodes brought her husband an income of 4,000 pounds a year. Little wonder that with such prosperity Dr Thomas found Timaru dull and quiet. Captain Hayhurst, who has a rent roll of 5,000 pounds a year, found Timaru and Temuka combined so dull that he sought a change in South Africa and found the work hard, the rations uncertain, the water without any whisky, and the ground without any soft spots. So he came back.

Evening Post, 21 July 1900, Page 6 CASUALTIES AMONG THE NEW ZEALANDERS.
A CONSIDERABLE LIST. The Premier has received a cablegram from the High Commissioner of British South Africa, reporting the following casualties among the mounted infantry at Reitvile on 16th July :
Severely wounded Lieut. John Findlay (Temuka).
Missing Captain L. Bourne Third Contingent, Timaru
Privates A. Cone (Rangiora), C. E. Cross (Fairlie), R. D. Smith (Waimate)

Otago Witness, 26 September 1900, Page 30 NEW ZEALANDERS RELEASED
WELLINGTON, September 18, The Premier has received the following cablegram from Sir A. Milner, dated the 17th inst.:  The New  Zealand prisoners of war released at Nooitgedaeht were :
Lance-sergeant M'Donald (Hastings)
Lance corporal T. B. Richardson (Hawke's Bay)
Troopers T. M. Davis (Hawke's Bay), J. C. Hughes (Napier), H. T. Whitson (Hawke's Bay), R. D. Smith (Waimate), J. W. Hairlson - (Cheviot), J. Kennington (Marlborough), W. M'Lennan (Wanganui), R. M'Culloch (Waipawa), R. Lloyd (Hawera), J. Wright (Wanganui), J. T. Anderson (Napier), A. C. Cone (Rangiora); C. E. Cross (Fairlie), J. O'Dwyer (Blenheim), and F. E. M'Kenzie (who enlisted in South Africa). This accounts for all the New Zealand prisoners who were captured at Reit Vlei on the 16th July.

Otago Witness, 5 December 1900, Page 20
Mr John Nixon, a member of the Mackenzie Mounted Rifles, left Fairlie on Wednesday morning for South Africa. He intends joining the Mounted Police.

Taranaki Herald, 4 September 1901, Page 2
The Premier has received the following cable message from South, Africa: Departures from Cape Town by the steamer Sophocles are: Sixth Contingent: A. J. Davidson, Fairlie, Canterbury.

Timaru Herald Wednesday Dec. 5 1900
The Timaru Main School had a holiday yesterday, in honour of Captain Crawshaw, their teacher absent on leave in South Africa, "being mentioned in despatches" for gallantry in the field. Wounded.

New Zealand Free Lance, 8 December 1900, Page 3
Wellington has had an interesting personage within its gates during the week in "Banjo" Paterson. Thanks to his rollicking lines in the "Bulletin" during the past ten years, "Banjo" is a name which is known throughout the Southern Seas as well in Wellington as in Sydney. This is the poet's first visit to Maoriland, but he assures us that it won't be his last. He would like to linger longer here, but that he desires to be in at the Commonwealth festivities. According to "Banjo" Paterson the New Zealanders have earned a solid reputation in South Africa as adepts in the art of looting. In spite of the prohibition of the Provost-Marshal against the practice, they "got there" every time. It was no uncommon sight, saith the veracious chronicler, to see a New Zealand sergeant palavering with a Dutch vow at the front door while in the back-yard the troopers were chasing and murdering the poultry. "Banjo" says he never saw an Australian or a New Zealander pay for anything, and yet they never were without turkeys, pigs, and poultry. They were left to look after their own feeding, and they looked after it uncommonly well.

Timaru Herald Friday Dec. 7 1900
The Casualties at Reitfontein.
Capetown, Dec. 5th
Second Contingent Dangerously wounded: Farrier-Sergeant R.E. Smith (Timaru).
Second Contingent: Trooper J. Goldstone (Waimate)
Second Contingent: Captain Crawshaw (Timaru)
Mr Crawshaw, father, at Oamaru received a telegram. His son has a slight wound in the abdomen, not penetrating. He is now at Pretoria.

Wanganui Herald, 10 January 1901, Page 1 KILLED IN ACTION.
First Contingent - Sergeant Byrne, Timaru.
Second Contingent - Farrier-sergeant R. E. Smith, Timaru

DIED Second Contingent - Trooper Bourn, Timaru.
Third Contingent -
Trooper T. L. Scott, Timaru.
Trooper Moffatt, Timaru.

WOUNDED Second Contingent - Corporal Crawshaw (severely), Timaru
Lieutenant Findlay, Temuka.
Trooper Knubley, Timaru.
Trooper J. Gladstone (severely), Waimate.

Taranaki Herald, 11 January 1901, Page 1
New Zealand's Roll of Honour. KILLED IN ACTION.
FIRST CONTINGENT - Sergeant Byrne, Timaru
SECOND CONTINGENT - Farrier-Sergt. R. E. Smith, Timaru

SECOND CONTINGENT - Trooper Bourn, Timaru
THIRD CONTINGENT - Trooper Moffatt, Timaru

Corporal Crawshaw, Timaru
Lieutenant Findlay, Temuka
Trooper Knubley, Timaru
Trooper J. Goldstone, Waimate

From Papers Past - a combination of the articles with spelling variations
Grey River Argus, 24 July 1900, Page 2
Otago Witness,  26 July 1900, Page 28
Evening Post, 24 July 1900, Page 5
Hawke's Bay Herald, 24 July 1900, Page 3
New Zealanders Who Joined South African Police Force
Wellington, July 17 The following is the list of members of the New Zealand
Contingent who have joined the Police in South Africa -
Second Contingent
W Butcher (Waimate)
W Clouston (Geraldine)
J Greig (South Canterbury)
L G O'Callaghan (Christchurch)

Third Contingent -
Sergt. C W Ensor (Orari)
(?Private J K Allen (Rangioria)
H Bennett (Geraldine)
N E Bell (Waimate)
M JA Bonar (Waimate)
John Gordon Gunn Cooper (Waimate)
W F Cameron (Orari)
Sergt. Charles William Ensor (Orari)
James Henderson (Orari)
Thomas Richard Moss (Winchester))
L.M. Payne (Christchurch)
Ernest Hartley Stone (Timaru)
Charles Frederick Vernall (Orari)

Evening Post, 19 January 1901, Page 5
ROLL OF MEN EMBARKING AT WELLINGTON. The roll of the Sixth Contingent is now complete as far as the men to embark at Wellington is concerned, and is as follows :
No. 19 Company (Canterbury). 
J. Alexander, Timaru
M. T. Blyth, Timaru
A. Burns, Timaru
L. C. Burke, Timaru
G. Bateman, Waimate
J. Cabot, Timaru (late First Contingent)
J. Cassidy, Pleasant Point
W. Cullen, Timaru
H. Cooling, Woodbury
C. Ellen, Waimate
5 W. Mathews, Timaru
C. J. Martin, Timaru
J. J. Melton, Timaru
A. M. McIntosh, Timaru (late Third Contingent)
S. J. Pye, Temuka
W. H. Rippiugale, Waimate
J. W. Rippingale, Temuka
J. B. Rippingale, Waimate
F. W. Sawer, Waimate
J. Scott, Temuka
S. W. Slates, Timaru
G. C. Talbot, Timaru
T. Vincent, Timaru
F. E. West, Timaru

No. 20 (Otago) Company
C. Cunningham, Waimate

Otago Witness, 17 April 1901, Page 17
Miss Carson, who volunteered as a nurse for the South African campaign, and left Timaru fully a year ago, returned on Sunday last to her home in Christchurch. She was nursing in the Portland Hospital for some time, and also in the hospital at Pretoria. After that she did duty on one of the troopships from Capetown to London, which carried some 800 convalescent patients. She remained in London for three months before returning to the colony.

Star 8 May 1901, Page 3 & Press, 17 February 1900, Page 8
DUNEDIN, May 8. The following is a list, as far as obtainable, of the Canterbury men who have returned by the Tongariro
SECOND CONTINGENT. Captain George Crawshaw, formerly a school master in the South Canterbury district, and a son of Mr G. Crawshaw, borough engineer at Oamaru.
Sergeant L. G. O'Callaghan, sen of Mr A. P. O'Callaghan, Government Valuer, Christchurch.
Private Albert Thoreau, farmer, of Fairview district, Timaru.
Major T. Jowsey, Major Commanding, formerly Timaru Hospital
Captain H.L. Bourne, formerly clerk, Timaru
Bugler D. Strachan, salesman at Timaru
Farrier-Sergeant C. Y. Ward, farmer, Waimate
Sergeant Hugh Jowsey, son of Major Jowsey, formerly a horse trainer at Timaru
Private Leopold George Dyke Acland, station-owner, Glentanner
Private Harold Bennett, of Four Peaks, Geraldine
John Butler, Beaconsfield
Private John William Canavan, Orari
Private John Gordon Gunn Cooper, farmer, Waimate
Charles Edward Cross, Fairlie
Edward Charles Evans, Orari Gorge
Private H. C. Graham, labourer, Timaru
Private James Henderson, labourer, Orari
Thomas William Kelcher, Waimate
William Kidd, Timaru.
Private Robert McFarlane, farmer, Timaru
Saddler 666 William Nelthorp Moffatt, Timaru [d. 15 June 1900 Johannesburg, South Africa from Enteric fever]
Private T. R. Moss, labourer, Winchester
Private Hugh Munro, stock agent, Waimate
Thomas Lorimer Scott, Timaru [d. 10 June 1900 Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa from Gangrene, from bullet wound.]
Private Ernest Hartley Stone, farmer, Timaru
David Strachan, Timaru
Private Thomas Rutherford Tindall, fanner, Geraldine
Private Charles Frederick Vernall, groom, Orari, No 703 in 3rd contingent
Charles Augustus Wilson, Waimate
Cecil Young Ward, Waimate

Timaru Herald, 9 May 1900, Page 3
Trooper W. Kidd, of Major Jowsey's Rough-Riders, writes from East London, March 28th, to his parents at Albury, a most interesting letter, extracts from which are kindly placed at our disposal. The Rough-riders left Albany on March 3rd, and after a most pleasant trip reached Durban on March 20th. Eleven horses were lost. On St. Patrick's Day, 17th March, a most enjoyable concert was held on deck. After a two days' stay at Durban the Knight Templar was ordered on to East London, and got there on the 23rd.- It was on the 26th that i they landed and another horse died as they were making fast to the wharf. As the Rough-Riders lauded on the wharf they gave the Maori war cry, which startled and amused the townsfolk. Some of the Kaffirs tried their hind at imitating it. The people entertained the Bough-Riders at a smoke concert, at which there was a large gathering, the guests including Colonel Smythe and officers of the Norfolk and Munater Regiments, and Dr Gonan Doyle. Major Jowsey in responding to the toast of his men, said that they had come along way, but would go as far again. (Cheers.) They had come to lend a helping hand their one object was to maintain the honour of the Old Flag. (Prolonged cheers.) The war cry was again given, and had to be twice repeated.

Evening Post, 27 July 1901, Page 5
The Premier has received the following cable from Capetown:  At Lindique, 18th July Seventh Contingent, Walter Miller (Lower Hutt) and William Rutherford (Glen-iti, Timaru), both slightly wounded.

Evening Post, 7 August 1901, Page 6 RETURNED TROOPERS.
DUNEDIN, This Day. Forty troopers from South Africa, returned by the Waihora this morning, and wore met and welcomed at the wharf. Lieutenant Elder, of Wellington, is in charge The Northern men will leave to-morrow. With the exception of one or two who are suffering from measles, all are in fairly good health. Trooper O'Hagan, of the Imperial Light Horse, belonging to either Oamaru or Timaru, died on board the troopship Britannic, and was buried at sea.

Evening Post, 31 December 1901, Page 5 Eighth Contingent
The following are the officers so far appointed to the Eighth Contingent :  Captain, H. L. Bourne, Timaru, late of the Third Contingent. Timaru Selection:
Sergeant J. Greigg,
Troopers W. Clouston, J. O. Findlay, R. J. Brown (all of Second Contingent),
Troopers J. Henderson, J. W. Canavan, T. R. Moss (Third Contingent)
E. G. Worthington (Brabant's Horse)
A. Miller (Kitchener's Horse)
E. Dean (South African Light Horse)
and two members of the South Canterbury Mounted Rifles - Farrier-Corporal C. C. M'Phedran and Trooper K. C. White.

Evening Post, 31 December 1901, Page 5
Fairlie district. H. Bailey (a son of Lieut.-Colonel Bailey, and late sergeant Kitchener's Horse), J. M. Todd and R. Pinkerton (Mackenzie Mounted Rifles), W. Newton (Geraldine Mounted Rifles), George Davies and Thomas Kidd (civilians). R. J. M'Lean was also picked in case of a vacancy.

Colonist, 20 September 1897, Page 3
Lieut. A. W. Bailey, who is reported as killed at Rombat, is a son of Lieut.-Col. Bailey, the officer commanding the South Canterbury Volunteer, district. He went to India between two and three years ago.

Evening Post, 17 December 1901, Page 5 THE DISTRICT QUOTAS.
The Acting-Commandant of the New Zealand Forces (Major Owen) has issued detailed general instructions to the officers commanding the different districts', and from those orders we take the following information :   Recruits are to be drawn from the following centres in in the proportion given :
Canterbury district Culverden, Rangiora, Sheffield, Fairlie, and Waimate 6 each, Ashburton and Timaru 12 each, Christchurch 148 ; total, 202 rank and file. When each battalion is mobilised, it will have the following officers:  Battalion staff Commander, second in command, adjutant, paymaster, quartermaster, regimental sergt. major, regimental quartermaster sergeant, assistant Q.M.S., orderly - room sergeant and corporal ; medical staff, two surgeon-captains, two dispensers (corporals), veterinary surgeon-captain and his dispenser. Each of the four companies forming a battalion will have a captain, four lieutenants, a sergeant-major, quartermastersergt., four sergeants, two farrier-sergts., a saddler-sergt., six corporals, and a bugler. The whole contingent will therefore have eight captains and 32 subalterns.
    Officers commanding districts are instructed to appoint Recruiting Boards at each centre at once, the Boards to consist of two volunteer officers (preferably officers of mounted corps), and one medical officer. The services of the Government, Medical Health Officers are to be utilised where possible. Officers of the Volunteer Medical Staff may also be pressed into the service, and receive pay as per regulations for three days. In cases where the medical officer is a Government Health Officer, 5s per man passed is to be paid, and 7s 6d per man when the examination is by a Volunteer Medical Staff officer. No travelling expenses are to be paid to medical men, but free railway passes will be granted.

Evening Post, 6 January 1902
Oamaru, This Day. The North Otago section of the Eighth Contingent went north on Saturday afternoon. The men were given a good send-off. The men chosen from South Canterbury are as follows:
From Timaru and district James Greig, Gleniti ; W. Clouston, Geraldine; J. C. Findlay, Temuka; R. J. Brown, T. R. Moss, K. Alex. Millar, and Ken. C. White, Timaru; James Henderson and J. W. Canavan, Orari ; Edward Dean, Geraldine ; L. E. J. Worthington, Pleasant Point ; Colin C. M'Phedran, Fairview.
From Fairlie H. D. Bailey,  T. Kidd, W. Newton, R. Pinkerton, J. M. Todd, and J. R. M'Lean.
From Waimate  H. J. Gluyas, W. R. Jackson, T. H. Williams, A. Rattray, L. Horley, and N. T. Thomas.

Auckland Star, 1 March 1902, Page 5 CASUALTY LIST.
The casualties to the Seventh New Zealand Mounteds near Vredo were as follows: KILLED.
Lance-Corporal William Boddick, Temuka.
Privates: Walter Stevenson, Timaru. Herbert Timmos. Alfred Whitney, Timaru.
SEVERELY WOUNDED. Sergt. Charles Minifie, Temuka.
SLIGHTLY WOUNDED. William Boone, Waimate; William H. Cook, Temuka;
The men who sustained the brunt of the attack would appear to have been drawn principally from the Southern and supplementary sections of the Seventh Contingent

Wanganui Herald, 19 February 1902, Page 3
The Casualty Office, Capetown, reports the death, from enteric, at Wakerssroom, of Trooper A. McKay, of the Sixth Contingent. He belonged to Silverstream, Fairlie district.

Hawera & Normanby Star, 19 February 1902, Page 2
A. McKay, of the Sixth New Zealand Mounteds, died of enteric at Wakkerstroom. This is probably Private Alexander Henry McKay, son of Mr John McKay, Silverstream, Fairlie, and a member of the Canterbury special section of the Sixth Contingent.

Evening Post, 3 April 1902, Page 5
By the Athenic which arrived yesterday from Capetown, the following soldiers -arrived at Wellington Private Graham, South African Light Horse (Timaru).

Press, 7 April 1902, Page 5 THE TIMARU SECTION.
The following are the names of the men who lave been selected in go with the Tenth Contingent: Present Volunteers
Mounted Corps: W. B. Hole and D. C. McPhedran, Timaru, S.C.M.R.;
H. Bennett, Pleasant Valley, and Fred: Taylor, Geraldine, G.M.R.;
Infantry Corps: P. Malthus,
Timaru City Rifles; J. S. Reid, Port Guards; J. F. Gillespie, R. Harrison, P. Swaney, and W. J. Moore,
Temuka Rifles. Ex-Volunteers J. Glasson, F. W. Boyce, F. Crilly, R. E.Burke, Timaru; J. McFarlane, Levels; H. Opie, Temuka; J. T. Meredith, Hilton.
Civilians Andrew McDonald, Henry Babington, T. L. Clarke, Aug. Caldwell; W. J. Mitchell, R. Ward, A. G. Mohan, all of Timaru; .C. James., Washdyke; H. L. Griaham, Claremont; C. O'Connor, Gleniti; H.A. Lamb, Levels; J. Lund, Pleasant Point. B.D. Goldsmith, Temuka; R. Lopeir, Kapua; N. McPherson, Woodbury; Hugh McKenzie, Sutherlands.
THE WAIMATE MEN. The examination of applicants to fill the seventeen places in the Tenth Contingent allotted to Waimate took place on Wednesday, Captains Garland and Barclay and Lieutenant Studholme being the recruiting .board. Twenty-six applications had been received, and twenty-three men put in an appearance. The riding test weeded out three men, the shooting one, and the medical two, leaving the required number. The following were finally accepted: Robert D, Smith (Third JV.Z. Contingent), Ernest Porter, George Nicol, George Joyce, Frank Parker, William Green, George Wilson Frank Wills, F. G. Burt, Thomas Wilson Peter Flynn, James Sullivan, Richard Sullivan, William Dempsey, William Scott, and Edwin Hoare.

Hawera & Normanby Star, 14 April 1902, Page 3
Wellington, April 14. The following are the names of those selected to form the European portion of the Coronation Contingent :
J. D. King, Timaru (Second)
J. Goldstone, Waimate  (Second)
C. Moody, Woodend  (Second)
John Gordon Cooper, Ashburton (Third)
Charles Edward Cross, Fairlie (Third)
T.R. Butters, North East Valley... (Fifth)

Otago Witness 15 February 1905, Page 1
Captain Muir, of Timaru, who was present at the unveiling ceremony saw a considerable amount of service with the South Australian Bushmen in South Africa. He is the proud possessor of both the Queen's and King's medals. On the former medal he has bars for engagements at Belfast and Diamond Hill.

Evening Post, 6 October 1902, Page 5
The staff of the Defence Department has just completed a roll of historical value, giving details of the casualties suffered by the ten contingents sent to South Africa by New Zealand. Hitherto there has been no reliable list available giving details of the deaths of New Zealanders, but in the list furnished us by the courtesy of Lieut.-Colonel Chaytor, every detail is furnished, including the deaths of the returned troopers on Somes Island .The following table shows the casualties of each contingent : 

The following list contains the roll of officers, non-commissioned officers, and men of each contingent who lost their lives in South Africa, or who died since their return to New Zealand :
Farrier sergt. R. E. Smith, died from wounds received in action at Reitfontein (2.12.00)
Trooper T. L. Scott, died of gangrene at Pretoria (0.6 00)
Trooper C. E. Smith, died enteric fever at Pretoria (7.9.00)
Private E. R. Barrer, died enteric at Kimberley (17.5.01)
Private D. Clark, killed in action at Klerksdorp (14.1.01);
Private D. McKay, died inflammation of lungs at Geraldine (20.7.01)
Private A. H. McKay, died enteric, Wakkerstroom (14.2.02)
Private W; Matthews, reported drowned in Caledon River (27.9.01)
Lance-Corporals Roddick, Privates J. Connihan, W. G. Monahan, W. Stevenson, A. J. Whitney, twenty -four were killed in action at Langrerwacht (24.2.02);
Corporal W. J. Byrne, reported accidentally killed at Goldenongeg (23.9.01)
Corporal D. Fogarty, died pneumonia at Newcastle (8.6.02)

The Star 1 March 1902 pg5Langverwacht Hill -Twenty-four New Zealanders were killed in this battle.  A total of 234 New Zealanders died while on service in New Zealand's first overseas war.

At the beginning of February 1902, the Seventh Contingent formed part of one of the elite mounted columns, in the second great sweeping "drives" organised by Lord Kitchner, with the object of clearing the eastern Orange River colony.  The sweep was from the Natal frontier westwards, and the cordons were parallel lines of blockhouses running east and west.  Between these lines the Boers were being pushed when a party of them escaped.  General Christiaan De Wet decided to break through the British cordon at Langverwacht Hill, a point on the line held by the left wing of the Seventh Contingent. The New Zealand line consisted of small posts of five or six men in small trenches or sangars. On the night of 23-24 February a picked force of guerrillas drove a herd of cattle against the wire entanglements connecting the British blockhouses, and followed themselves and overwhelmed one of the New Zealand posts, then turned left and advanced up the hill destroying each of the posts in turn in ferocious close-quarter fighting. The Boers succeeded in opening up a gap through which most of their force escaped. The New Zealanders, who were reported to have 'displayed great gallantry and resolution', lost 24 men killed and 41 wounded - a very high proportion of the 80 men engaged.  Despite this setback, the drive was a qualified success, with 50 guerrillas killed and nearly 800 taken prisoner.  The price is heavy, but who will regret it? Not those who have to pay it, we are sure.

The Star Saturday 1st March 1902 The Gallant Seventh.
The minor events of the week are completely overshadowed by the South African news yesterday. Last night all newspaper and post offices were thronged by anxious relatives. To-day a feeling of general sadness is felt. But we can't make cakes without breaking eggs. After all, the same number might soon have filtered away, one by one, the victims of enteric. These have at least had a chance to leave a glorious name, and they have done it.


Connihan, John   [spelling varations: Conniham, Counihan]
Contingent Seventh. Reg No 4400
Unit no 24 company (Canterbury section)
Ship Gulf of Taranto 6 April 1901
Rank: Private
Occupation: Farmer
Address: Pleasant Point Canterbury
Next of Kin: Mr Edward Connihan, father
Next of Kin Address Kerrytown, South Canterbury
Rank Last Held: Trooper
Date of Death: 24 February 1902
Place of Death: Langverwacht, Orange Free State
Cause of Death: Killed in action.
Embarkation Date: 6 April 1901
Unit: 7th NZ Mounted Rifles. 24 Co. Canterbury Section
Temuka War Memorial

The Star 3 March 1902 pg4


Monahan, William Gibb
Rank First & Last Held: Trooper
Serial No.: 4424
War: Anglo-Boer War (SA), 1899-1902
Date of Death: 24 February 1902
Place of Death: Langverwacht, Orange Free State
Cause of Death: Killed in action.
Enlistment Occupation: Ploughman
Enlistment Address: Temuka, Canterbury
Next of Kin: Hugh Monahan, Temuka, Canterbury
Unit: 7th NZ Mounted Rifles. 24 Co. Canterbury Section
Transport: S.S. Gulf of Taranto (ship), Wellington, 6 April 1901
Destination: Durban, South Africa
Temuka War Memorial
Roddick, William
Rank Last Held: Lance-Corporal
Serial No.: 4439
War: Anglo-Boer War (SA), 1899-1902
Date of Death: 24 February 1902
Place of Death: Langverwacht, Orange Free State
Cause of Death: Killed in action.
Enlistment Occupation: Labourer
Enlistment Address: Burkett Street, Temuka
First Rank: Trooper
NOK: Mrs H. B. Roddick, Burkett Street, Temuka
Unit: 7th NZ Mounted Rifles. 24 Co. Canterbury Sect.
Transport: S.S. Gulf of Taranto, Wellington, 6 April 1901
Temuka War Memorial
Stevenson, Walter
Serial No.: 4442 Trooper
War: Anglo-Boer War (SA), 1899-1902
Date of Death: 24 February 1902
Place of Death: Langverwacht, Orange Free State
Cause of Death: Killed in action.
Enlistment Occupation: Draper
Enlistment Address: York Street, Timaru
Next of Kin: James Orr Stevenson
York Street, Timaru
Unit: 7th NZ Mounted Rifles. 24 Co. Canterbury Section
Transport: S.S. Gulf of Taranto (ship) Wellington 6 April 1901
Whitney, Alfred John
Rank First & Last Held: Trooper
Serial No.: 4459
War: Anglo-Boer War (SA), 1899-1902
Date of Death: 24 February 1902
Place of Death: Langverwacht, Orange Free State
Cause of Death: Killed in action.
Enlistment Occupation: Groom
Enlistment Address: Stafford Street, Timaru
Next of Kin: Benjamin Deacon Whitney
Stafford Street, Timaru
Embarkation Unit: 7th NZ Mounted Rifles. 24 Company
Transport: S.S. Gulf of Taranto, Wellington,  6 April 1901


Boone,  William
Contingent: Seventh
Unit no: 24 company (Canterbury section)
Ship: Gulf of Taranto 6 April 1901
Rank: Private
Occupation: Labourer
Address: Waimate
Next of Kin:  Miss A Cook
Relationship to Soldier: friend
Next of Kin Address: Timaru
Reg No 4389
Cook, William Henry
Contingent: Seventh
Unit no 24 company (Canterbury section)
Ship Gulf of Taranto 6 April 1901
Rank private
Occupation: Labourer
Addres: Temuka
Next of Kin:  Mr William  Cook
Relationship to Soldier: Father
Next of Kin Address: Timaru
Reg No 4392
Dunford,  Charles
Contingent: Seventh
Unit no: 24 company (Canterbury section)
Ship: Gulf of Taranto 6 April 1901
Rank: Private
Occupation: Labourer
Address:  Temuka
Next of Kin:  Mr Henry Dunford
Relationship to Soldier: father
Next of Kin Address: same
Reg No 4402
Minifie, Charles Frederick Normanby
Contingent: Seventh
Unit no 24 company (Canterbury section)
Ship Gulf of Taranto 6 April 1901
Rank: Sergeant
Occupation: Clerk
Address Temuka
Next of Kin: Mr Charles  Mcpeak
Relationship to Soldier: Trustee
Next of Kin Address: Opoho Dunedin
Reg No 4364

100 years ago on October 21 1899 the first of ten New Zealand contingents left Wellington, bound for South Africa to fight for Britain in the South African War.  The First Contingent were required to supply their own mount and expected to contribute 25 pounds to the cost of their own equipment.  A few exceptions were made. High stand of physique and horsemanship were demanded. From the small districts of New Zealand nearly 6500 volunteer troops, 3.5% of the adult male population, and nurses along with 8000 horses went to South Africa in an extraordinary outpouring of patriotism that brought parades, crowded send-offs for the troop ships, and much public fundraising for the war effort. Many districts and firms contributed the horses and tack.  The Third and Fourth Contingents were essentially paid for by private contributions.  South Canterbury contributed 11,000 sacks of oats for horse feed.  Disease was a serious problem, and the New Zealand units lost 133 men from illness, and that was twice the number as from, killed in action 71. Maoris were not allowed to fight in the war. Twenty-five soldiers were killed accidentally.  Many New Zealanders were named after Boer war heroes.

In Dunedin on February 3, 1900 the Premier informed the Patriotic Committee that a new Contingent comprising at least 300 men would be sent to the Cape, the company which Otago and Southland had previously undertaken to raise by private subscription being the principal company. The contingent embarked at Port Chalmers 29th March. Various sub-committees were set up to superintend the details of selection, equipment, etc., and a commencement was made to organise the fourth contingent on February 5. As fast as the men passed the medical test they were sent out to the camp at Forbury Park where they had to submit to a pretty severe riding test. Having satisfactory passed this test, they were finally taken in squads to the rifle range at Pelichet Bay, and subjected to a firing test. The flower of New Zealand's youth was offering, and at least three times the number wanted were available. 40 surplus men were ordered into the reserve for the fifth contingent. The final draft of 257 men with 125 horses arrived from Wellington on the 19th inst.

Wellington, March 31st.
Waimate: 13 officers, 268 men, 233 horses; 
Maori, 8 officers, 200 men, 180 horses;
At the last moment, owing to the influence of Major Steward, the Premier was induced to include the reserve men, numbering 66, who will act as supernumeraries, and fill any vacancies in the fifth contingent. There are 55 more men than horses, as it was impossible to find sufficient chargers at the last moment. The troopship Maori sailed from Worser Bay, [Wellington] for Albany, shortly after 7 o'clock on Saturday night. The Roll Call for the fifth contingent from the The Canterbury Company (South Canterbury men)
Lieutenant Bailey of Timaru
Non commissioned Officers:
Murray Graham Lyon, Studholme
Logan Glendinning, Glenlogan, Waimate
Buglers: Lindsay and Patrick, Timaru
Farriers: Duncan McTaggart, Morven, Waimate
    Frank L. Barker, Ohapi, Orari
    Ernest Robert Barrar, Timaru
    John Anstruther Byng, Pareora Estate, St Andrews
    Ernest Emms, Blue Cliffs
    Lesile Alexander Forbes, Temuka
    William Charles Gosling, Timaru
    James William Gould, Timaru
    Guy Westland Geddes, Orari George
    John Burton Hobbs, Timaru
    Charles William Hill, of Glengarry House, Opawa
    James Ferguson Lindsay, Waimate
    Nathan Williams, Timaru

Since old Oom Paul has gone to war,
We'll make it hot for every Boer.
But soldiers find there's else than lead
To hurt a man or kill him dead
The hard, rough life, climatic ills,
Are apt to bring on grievous chills.

Sailed from Timaru March 28, Magwen, barque, for Durban, with 1000 tons of flour and 17,160 sacks oats. This is the largest cargo that has ever left this port by sailer.

Evening Post, 8 March 1900, Page 2
Apart altogether from New Zealanders who form the colonial Contingents in South Africa, several fellow-colonists are making their way there. Mr. F. Hoare, sop of Mr. Hoare, who was at one time manager of the Raincliff Station in ..South Canterbury, has been accepted for the Imperial Yeomanry ; while Mr. J. Goodliff, known some years ago in steeplechasing and running circles in the colony, has thrown up the management of a licensed house near Fleet-street, in order to join the South African Contingent of the Bucks Yeomanry, of which he is a member.

Waimate Daily Advertiser, 22 March 1900, Page 2
Dr Hogg has been appointed by the South Canterbury Hospital and Charitabe Aid Board to fill the position vacated by Dr. Thomas, who has been appointed surgeon to the Fifth Contingent for South Africa.
    Mr Patterson, the Melbourne Argus correspondent, in his last letter states : " I waited at Rimington's, and saw the New Zealanders taken out to construct barbed- wire entanglements on a creek, up which the enemy was expected to advance. The average Tommy would be much at sea when asked to build a barbed wired entanglement, but the New Zealanders were left to their work, and the Major went on round the camp to lay out the positions of the guns and so on. When he came back the New Zealanders had built a first-class barbed- wire fence across the creek. It fairly opened his eyes. "How did you manage to do this so quickly?" said the Major. " I'm used to wire," said one New Zealander. " Wire is no treat to me. I'm a fencer by trade."

Waimate Daily Advertiser, 6 September 1900, Page 2
The Trooper Butler (3rd Contingent) mentioned as having been killed in action at Winburg was a resident of Waimate, working for some time for Mr A. Rattray, Hook.
    Major Jowsey rejoins the amalgamated New Zealand Contingent, the term of his staff appointment having probably expired. Major Jowsey was much esteemed by the officers and men under his charge.

Auckland Star, 4 October 1900, Page 5
HOBART, October 3 The Wakanui brought the following invalided New Zealanders: Troopers J. Cabote (First Contingent, Timaru), E. Willis (Third Contingent, Ashburton), Lordon D. Fraser (First Contingent, Temuka), S. W. Cubitt and Corporals Williams, of Roberts' Horse.

Otago Witness,
5 December 1900, Page 20
Mr John Nixon, a member of the Mackenzie Mounted Rifles, left Fairlie on Wednesday morning for South Africa.

Auckland Star, 18 January 1901, Page 5
London, January 16 Private Daniel Clarke, of the New Zealand Rough Riders, has been killed at Klerksdorp. The official roll gives Private D. Clarke as one of the Fifth Contingent (Otago section). He went from Temuka.

Taranaki Herald, 25 February 1901, Page 3
Wellington, February 23. The Premier is advised that the Victorian left Cape Town yesterday with Lieutenant Warrenton, of Brabant's Horse, and the following New Zealanders aboard : Private E. C. Evans, Third, Orari Gorge.

Evening Post, 22 July 1901, Page 6
Timaru, This, Day. Trooper D. McKenzie, of the Geraldine Mounted Rifles, and of the Fifth Contingent, has died at Temuka of pneumonia.

Otago Witness
, 17 July 1901, Page 32
The Tagus brought 10 officers and 285 men of the fourth contingent, and 13 officers and 375 men of the fifth contingent, besides 6 invalids and 4 "details," also 12 men belonging to corps not connected with New Zealand. The lists are as follow: FOURTH CONTINGENT.
Private F. L. Baker, South Canterbury
Farrier-sergeant D. Byrne, Timaru
Sergeant-major L Glendinng. Waimate
Farrier T. Goldstone, South Canterbury.
Private J. W. Gould, Timaru
Private J. B. Hobbs, Timaru.
Private J. F. Lindsay, Waimate
 Bugler P. Lindsay, Timaru
Private D. M'Kay, South Canterbury
Private D. M'Taggart, South Canterbury
Private J. K. Thompson, South Canterbury

Otago Witness, 23 January 1901, Page 23
The Sixth Contingent Send-off
WELLINGTON, January 17. The form of oath taken by members of the sixth contingent declares that they will serve within or without the colony until lawfully discharged. January 20. The following is the roll of the sixth contingent embarking at Wellington :
No. 19 (Canterbury) Company (only South Canterbury men listed here)
J. Alexander (Timaru),
M. T. Blyth (Timaru)
L. C. Burke (Timaru)
G. Bateman (Waimate)
A. Burns (Timaru)
J. Cooling (Geraldine),
J. Cassidy (Pleasant Point)
W. Cullen (Timaru)
H. Cooling (Woodbury, Canterbury)
J. Cabot (Timaru, late first contingent)
F. J. Darby (Canterbury South)
C. Ellen (Waimate)
W. Mathews (Timaru)
J. C. Martin (Timaru)
J. J. Melton (Timaru)
A. M. M'Intosh (Timaru, late third contingent)
S. J. Pye (Temuka)
S. W. Slates (Timaru)
F W. Sauer (Waimate)
J. Scott (Temuka)
G. C Talbot (Timaru)
T. V. Vincent (Timaru)
F E. West (Timaru)

Otago Witness, 5 March 1902, Page 29
The following are the casualties in the Seventh New Zealand Mounted, near Vrede :
KILLED. Lance-corporal William Roddick. (Mother : Mrs H. B. Roddick, of Temuka)
Trooper John Connihan. (Father : Mr E Connihan, Kerrytown, nenr Timaru)
Trooper William Gibb Monohan. (Father: Mr Hugh Monohan Temuka, near Timaru )
Trooper Walter Stevenson. (Father: Mr James Orr Stevenson, Timaru.)
Trooper Alfred John Whitney, Timaru. Father: Mr Benjamin D. Whitney, Waimate)
WOUNDED SEVERELY. Sergeant Charles F. N. Minifie, of Temuka, son of the late Mr George Minifie, of Dunedin. (Trustee : Mr Charles McPeak, Dunedin.)
WOUNDED SLIGHTLY. Private W. Boone. (Friend : Miss A. Smith, Temuka.)

The Eighth Contingent
was divided into two Regiments, the South Island and the North Island regiment.  The North Island Regiment sailed in the Surrey on 1 February. and the South Island Regiment sailed a week later, 8 February, from Lyttelton in the S.S. Cornwall, 5490 tons, built in 1896. Owners: Federation Steam Nav. Co.  They met at Albany, Western Australia and sailed together on 24 February until 8 March.  The two Regiments landed at Durban on 15 and 19 March, the Surrey begin the faster vessel.  The weather for the voyage was fine.  On 4 July 1902 the Contingent sailed for home aboard the Brittanic via Melbourne to Wellington arriving 1 August and was disbanded on 13 August. Contingents for South Africa were entirely volunteer. 

Evening Post, 8 January 1902, Page 5 & Colonial Reinforcements Star 6 February 1902, Page 1
OUR EIGHTH CONTINGENT. [Highlight -from South Canterbury]
THE ADDINGTON CAMP. CHRISTCHURCH, 7th January. The men in Addington camp are shaping well. Only dismounted drills have been held up to the present, as only, 65 horses are in camp. A number of North Island horses will arrive on Saturday or early next week, and then mounted drill will be commenced. The following is the nominal roll of all the Canterbury men of the Eighth Contingent. For the present the list is more or less tentative, and the list of men finally selected will only be available after the men have been sworn in a formality which will take some time. Members of previous contingents are indicated by the letter "C" in parentheses: P. A. Addersley, Charles Anderson, Herbert Ernest Ayers, J. E. Andrews, Farrier-sergeant S. E. A. Court (C), A, Anderson, A. Allan, V. Andrews, P. T. Bradley, W. N. Bates, F. A. Barrett, J. F. Bilby, H. R. Blake, J. Belcher, E. Blank, A. E. Buxton, V. H. Brown, Corporal Robert James Brown, engineer, South Canterbury, De Renzi Brett, W. T. Budge, W. A. Beck, J. A. Blessett, R. J Brown (C), H. D. Bailey, W. Butterworth, W. J. Burke, W. R. Balden, A. Bradley, J. S. Buxam, C. S. Bourne, Sergeant H. Collins (C), W. G. Cuthbert, F. C. Comer, D. Campbell, Corporal H. E. Childe (C), C. J. Clough (C). W. G. Chapman (C), P. D. Crampton, G. J. Cotton, A. Clark, J. Cameron, H. Carson, C. C. Cottrell, W. A. Cheeseman, O. R. Cook, E. Colthart, T. Colthart, P. Cavangh, J. W. Canavan (C.), Sergeant James Clouston (C) draper, Geraldine, A. Curtis, W. Cooper, J. W. Davis (C), R. T. Donaughey, C. Driscoll, E. J. Davis, C. H. Dudley, E. E. Duke, C. Davis, C. Dunford, G. Duncan, J. Doyle, E. Dean, G. Davis, H. E., East, C. F. D. Fox, C. Fisher, F. Free, E Squadron, Corporal James Charles Findlay(C) engineer, Timaru , H. Farrell, H. Farrow, J. Gullick, T. Green, W. R. Grant, H. A. Glenie, E. A. Garcia, J. Gallagher, W. Gosnell, C. Gefken, H. J. Glyas, Charles Grafton, Sergt. James Greig (C.) farmer, Timaru, M. Gallagher, T. Glen, R. Grimwood, Corps. C. Hardy Johnston (C.), Corpl. J. B. Hall (C), M. Hyam, John Henderson, W. H. Hayes, W. H. Hunter, H. Hafper, R. F. Hill, G. L. Hoskin, Corporal James Henderson (C.) farm hand, Timaru, R. Hawke, L. Horley, P. Harper, L. Harper, Corpl. J. W. Jones (C.), Sergt. A. H. Joseph (C), F. C. Jones, B. S. Jordan, W. Jackson, Charles Jones, A. Kelly, H Squadron Trooper Thomas Kidd, shepherd, Albury, H. Lennox, F. D. Lowe, J. A. Lindon, W. C. Lake, W. Lehrs, R Lyness, E. A. Lambell, Farrier W. M'B. Miller (C.) Corpl. L. Murray (C), Saddler W. Murphy (C), Mathias De Renzi, Mortland, Mellor, T. Morton, R. Meredith, J. Maloney, M. J. Murphy, W. Mason, J. H. Manson, J. Muir, A. Murphy, V. Manson, A. Miller, T. R. Moss (C.), W. Mintrom, C. W. Mehrtens, M. J. Mulhearn, W. M'Laughlin, A. W. M'Nickel; J. M'Conaghey, J. M'Cleary, M. M'Goverin, C. C. McPhedran, F. Squadron Saddler-Sergt. Robert James M'Lean, saddler, Fairlie, W. Nicholson, V. A. Niven, William Newton, H. T. O'Donnell, G. Orchard, J. O'Donnell, H. Plumeridge, G. M'L. Polson, H. J. Parsonage, G. Pilcher, R. V. Pocock, R. Pinkerton, J. Purves, A. E. Pearson, L. J. Revel, H.. C. Righton, A. Realz, Thomas Ryan, Robert J. Ryan, W. Reay, James Ryan, F. W. Robertson (C), G. Radcliffe, W. Robinson, W. Ryan, P. C. Roberts, A. Rattray, Thomas Scott (C), Sergeant W. T. Scott (C.) J. M'P. Stewart, J. B. Starky, A. H. Steele, A. Shillock, T. Stephenson, D. Syme, R. J. Sheath, G. E. Sollitt, A. Sutton, G. Skilling, B. L. Symonds, C. H. Sargisson, B. Simpson, Edward Thorpe, A. Thompson, T. Thomson, E. Tippett, B. Tuke, W. Thomas, A. S. Thomson, J. M. Todd, R. Tubman, N. L. Thomas, R. W. Vallance (C), J G. Watson, H. Worsley (C), T. N. Withers, F Watkins, L. Weekes, C. G. Wallace, F. Winter, R. Wallace, R. Ward, K. C. Wight, E Squadron, Corporal Leonard Edward John Worthington, farm hand, Timaru, A Willis (C), S. Wilson, G. A. Winter, T Williams, A. R. Wooding, T. Walsbury, R. J. Watson.

The troopship Devon, which left from Auckland, with the New Zealand, North Island Battalion of the Ninth Contingent. She hit a storm for two days while crossing the Tasman Sea and arrived in Sydney 26 March, 1902. The majority of the men were down with sea sickness except about sixty and about twenty-three horses were killed outright, or so badly injured as to have to be destroyed and another thirty were  maimed.

Papers Past
Otago Witness
, 19 March 1902, Page 29    Temuka Leader 11 Feb. 1902
THE NOMINAL ROLL. SOUTH ISLAND BATTALION. The following is the nominal roll of the South Island battalion of the ninth contingent, the age and occupation of the men being given, and also the nearest living relative: D. Squadron unless specified.
7523 Trooper Storey A. E. 24: Temuka, tailor. (Father, W. Storey, Temuka)
7601 Private Adams John, Fairlie, labourer (Father: William Adams)
7602 Trooper Bell F.H., 23, Fairlie, labourer (Mother Mrs Mary Slow)  C. Squadron   Mackenzie M.R.
7664 Trooper Lester, N., 20, Fairlie, rabbiter. (Mother, B. Lester, Lyttelton) C. Squadron
7613 Trooper Green E., 25; Gleniti, shepherd. (Father, S. Green, Timaru)  Fairlie
7618 Trooper Campbell G. R., 21 , Brighton, groom. (Father, J. A. Campbell, Timaru)
7622 Corporal Cowan E., 24, Cricklewood, shepherd (Father A. Cowan, Cricklewood) C. Squadron   Mackenzie M.R.
7666 Trooper Matheson D., 29; Fairlie, station hand. (Father, K. Matheson, Kakanui) C. Squadron
7684  Trooper O'Neill J.J., 19, Fairlie, labourer (father E.F. O'Neill, Rangitata) C. Squadron
7685 Trooper O'Connor, P M., 21, Pleasant Point, rabbiter (Father, P. O'Connor, Pleasant Point) C. Squadron  Fairlie
7701 Trooper Stock C, 2.3; Geraldine, farrier (Mother, Mrs J. Young, Rangiora)
7712 Trooper Wooding A. R., 21; Geraldine, farmer. (Mother, H. Wooding, (Geraldine) C. Squadron
7722 Private Ryan, Daniel, farmer, Fairlie c/o Mrs Fuchs, Fairlie Hotel.
7731 Trooper Anning W. J.. 19; Glenavy, farm hand. (Father, Anning, Glenavy
7736 Private Blanchett William, Timaru, labourer, (Timaru Rifles)
7737 Trooper Battes, E. A., 19: Temuka, clerk (Father. C. A. Battes, Temuka  Temuka Rifles [Batts]
7738 Trooper Bird John 21 ; St. Andrews, farm hand. (Father, T. E. Bird, Auckland)
7739 Private Baker Horace  Waimataitai, South Canterbury (Mother: Mrs. Esther Baker, Gisborne)
7740 Sergeant Brown C W., 23; Temuka, clerk. (Father, E. Brown, Temuka.)  D Squadron
7750 Trooper Charteris T. F. L , 20; Timaru, grocer. (Father, T. Charteris, Timaru)  (S.C.M.R. & T.F.L.)
7751 Trooper Conlan, Francis. J., 21 , Timaru, labourer. (Mother, Mrs Hewson, Oamaru
7752 Trooper Campbell Hugh., 28 , Pleasant Point, shepherd. (Father. Mr D. Campbell, Auckland)  (Temuka Rifles)
7753 Trooper Coxon, H.. 23. Waimate, painter. (Father, J. N Coxon, Christchurch)
7761 Private Easton George
7762 Saddler-sergent Eyre Albert G. St. Andrews, Waimate
7763 Trooper Ferguson D. J. A., 22; Timaru, preserver. (Sister, M. Ferguson, Christchurch)  (S.C.M.R. & T.F.L.)
7651 Private Irwin, Percy Stuart. rabbiter, Fairlie
7666 Private Matheson Donald, station-hand, Fairlie
7773 Private Harcus Robert
7774 Lance-corporal Hammond J. A., 24; Geraldine, shearer. (Father, R. Hammond, Geraldine)
7775 Farrier-sergent Hutton Archibald Craig, Beaconsfield, Timaru, groom  (Third)
7776 Trooper Hammond J. R, 23; Geraldine, groom. (Father, G. Hammond, Geraldine) (Geraldine Rifles)
7777 Trooper Hobbs H. J, 20: Temuka, labourer. (Father, G Hobbs, Temuka) Temuka Rifles
7778 Private Harvey, William Edward  Waimate
7779 Private Hobbs, Thomas, Waimate, farmer (Father; Mr Charles Hobbs)
7781 Private Hendry, Herbert, Waimate
7768 Private Grimsey Father Orari, Geraldine)
7790 Corporal King J. W., 21 ; Timaru, miller. (Father, J. King, Timaru)  (Port Guards)
7801 Trooper Murdoch J., 21, Makikihi, labourer. (Mother, Mrs A. O'Brye, Seaward)
7802 Trooper McDonald P., 21 , Waimate, farm hand. (Father, J McDonald, Dipton)
7811 Trooper Quinlan, W. J. 22. Timaru. farmer. (Brother, J. Quinlan, Timaru)
7818 Trooper Shellock G. 26 ; Rakaia, labourer. (Father G. Shellock)
7822 Trooper Selbie D. W. 22: Timaru. traveller. (Father, G. Selbie, Timaru)
7823 Trooper Simpson J. P. C, 21 Waimate, station hand. (Father, E. Simpson, Riverton)
7828 Trooper Story A.E., 24, Temuka, tailor (Father W. Story, Temuka)
7832 Trooper Thompson F. A. 20, Timaru, riveter. (Mother, A. Thompson, Linwood) (Geraldine Rifles)
7833 Trooper Tennant H. W. 19. Timaru, clerk. (Father, R. C. Tennant, Timaru ) (Timaru City Rifles)
7836 Trooper Williams, C. F, 22; Timaru, labourer (Father, W. H. Williams, Timaru)
7840 Trooper Ward W. E., 20; Timaru, labourer. (Father, W. E. Ward, Timaru) (S.C.M.R. & T.F.L.)
7841 Trooper Welsh P. J. 24 ; Timaru, armourer. (Father, A. Welsh, Liverpoo1, England.  (1st Queensland Contingent)
7842 Trooper Watts, H J. 20; Geraldine, groom. (Brother. T. Watts, Hilton) (Geraldine Rifles)
7843 Corporal Wilson, Jos., 25, Waimate, farm hand (Mother, Mrs M. Wilson, Auckland)
7844 Trooper Wilson H., 19: Waimate, farm labourer. (Father, C. Wilson, Waimate)
7780 Private Harrison John William, butcher, Waimate
7781 Trooper Hendry H., 19; Waimate. shepherd. (Father, J. Hendry. Waimate)
7811 Private Quinlan, William John Southerton, Oxford St., Timaru, farmer
7812 Private Rowland Charles Edwin,  Hilton, Geraldine (Father: George Rowland)
7828 Storey, Alfred Edward, tailor, [Father: William Storey, Temuka)
7840 Private Ward William Earnest, Otipua, Timaru, labourer (S.C.M.R. & T.F.L.)
7782 Trooper Hall S., 27 ; Waimate ; labourer. (Brother, W. J. Hall, Carterton)
8052 McCally C. S. 19, Hakataramea, carpenter. (Father, S. McCally, Hakataramea) B. Squadron
ADDITIONAL ENROLMENTS. The following men wore sworn in on Tuesday afternoon and evening at the camp to serve with the ninth contingent: D. Ryan. 20; Fairlie, farmer. (Father, C. Ryan. Fairlie)

McTaggart, D. Farrier-Sergent (5th NZ Contingent)
7197 Moore, William John, Waimate

Possible names Mackenzie County, Ninth Contingent. The Ninth was a South Island contingent.
7601 Adams John
7602 Bell Francis Henry
7622 Cowan Edward
7660 Lester Thomas
7666 Matheson Donald
7684 O'Neill John Joseph
7722 Ryan Daniel

Pen Portraits

The ordinary Kiwi soldier, without exception a volunteer, was subjected to an appalling life in the South African campaign. The officer corps was largely incompetent and service conditions bad. Thousands of Empire troops, and Boers and Blacks, died not from bullets but from typhoid. I invite genealogy buffs to contribute pen portraits of South African 'Boer' War veterans with a South Canterbury connection. Email to contribute. 

ACLAND,  Leopold George Dyke 620  Private Third Contingent

No. 5 company sailed for South Africa on the Union Company vessel Knight Tempar on Saturday 17 February 1900.  He listed his next of kin as Mr B.D. Ackland, uncle, of Bathengland,  UK.  Leo was born in 1876 in Christchurch the son of Thomas Dyke Acland. Acland left Christ's College in  1893. He purchased Glentanner Station in 1898 for 5,000 pounds and 10,000 sheep. He also served in WW1at Gallipoli and later became a staff officer.  Acland sold Glentanner to George Murray for 9,000 pounds in 1904.  Acland was an authority on Canterbury history and wrote The Early Canterbury Runs and articles for the Christchurch Press.  He owned "Braemar Station" from 1906-1911 and at the time of his death in 1948 he owned "Cecil Peaks Station", Lake Wakatipu. Ref: High Endeavour by Vance. 

ACLAND, Captain L D, M.C., Military Cross, left with the rank of Lieutenant in the Army Service Corps, with the main body. [AWN 20.01.1916] 

DEC. 1916 ACLAND, Major Leo G D, Christchurch, well known NZ sportsman, has not been wounded as was officially stated in the hospital list published yesterday but was invalided to England from France because the stump of his arm, which he lost while tiger hunting in India, was giving him trouble. An operation was performed on the nerves and according to the message received, he is making satisfactory progress. [AWN 07.12.1916]  L. G. D. ACLAND OBE, MC. Lieut. 5/8/14, Major 1/3/1916. [Today in 2010 there are only 3,200 tigers in the world, down from an estimated 100,000 in 1900]

Major, NZ Army Service Corps 1NZEF WW1 Service No. 14/97 M.C. 14 Jan 1916
M.I.D. For distinguished service in the field. (Gallipoli). 5 Nov. 1915 Hamilton
M.I.D. 11 Dec. 1915 London Gazette page 11003 by Hamilton (couldn't find)
M.I.D.28 Jan 1916 London Gazette page 1210 (couldn't find)
8th Nov. 2928 by Haig

Departed: PLYMOUTH
Arrived: AUCKLAND 06 May 1919
Notes Male.
Title: MAJOR.
Occupation: NZEF.
Source Archives NZ reference: BBAO 5552/6a page: 145

MR. L.G.D. Acland, the proprietor of Glentanner station, was born in Christchurch.  From the first he followed pastoral pursuits, and was a cadet on the Cracroft station.  Mr. Acland went to South Africa as a member of the Canterbury troop of New Zealand Rough Riders, who left Christchurch on the 17 February, 1900, for the purpose of taking part in the was with the Transvaal and Orange Free State Republics. Reference: Cyclopedia of New Zealand, Canterbury edition 1903. Tekapo.

Grey River Argus, 14 May 1908, Page 3
Mr Leopold Acland who, it was recently cabled lost his arm in an encounter with a tiger while out shooting in India, sailed from Fremantle to-day for Auckland. He is stated to show signs of his encounter, but his general health is good. He is a son of the late Thomas Acland of Christchurch, and a cousin of Mr A. P. Harper, of Greymouth.

Grey River Argus, 25 June 1908, Page 3
WELLINGTON, June 24. Mr Leopold Acland, of Canterbury; who received such serious injuries while tiger hunting in India that one of his arms-had to be amputated, arrived in Wellington by the Moeraki to-day, accompanied by Dean Harper and Mr and Mrs Hugh Reeves, of Christchurch, who went to Melbourne to meet him. Mr Acland, whose wounds have healed, will remain in Wellington for some days before going on to Christchurch

BARRON, James 5894 Private Eighth Contingent South Island Regiment - G Squadron
Religion: Presbyterian
trade or calling: Farmer
5ft 8"
weight: 10st. 6lb.
Volunteer Corps: Kelso Mounted Rifles

James Barron grew up on his parent's farm near Dunrobin, via Heriot, West Otago. A farmer aged twenty-five when he enlisted and sailed on the 8 February 1902. James was awarded the Imperial South African War Medal and clasps for South Africa 1902, Transvaal and Cape Colony. James was the son of Alexander Barron, a farmer from Tuapeka area. In 1904 he married Jean Renton Kerse and farmed at Waihao Downs were Alan and Philip were born then moved south to a property at Taumata near Clinton.  In 1916 James swapped his farm in Southland for the "Sherwood Downs" homestead block owned by Charles Sydney Forbes the original ballot selector.  Charles was the brother of Rt. Hon George William Forbes, New Zealand's Prime Minister for a Coalition Government from 1931-1935. Their father, Robert Forbes, came to New Zealand in 1864 and settled around Little River, Banks Peninsula.

The men left from the Addington Show Grounds camp to the Lyttelton jetties. Final farewells were given and exchanged, and the Cornwall, with her 600 sons of New Zealand aboard, commenced her voyage in earnest from Lyttelton. James was a trooper of the 8th Contingent and arrived back in N.Z. on the 1st August 1902 when he was taken back with the measles and had to call in a Doctor. That was the 3rd of August. He attended James for over a week. About three weeks after James was taken ill and managed to get into Dunedin to see the health Officer and James was grounded for one moth side leave on full contingent pay. Well through bungle at the defence department he never received but nineteen shillings of that pay and they "wont pay my doctors bill which they are entitles to do as my discharge is dated 13th August 1902 & I belonged to the Government when the doctor was attending me. The doctor told me to send his account to the defence department & they would pay it. I did as he told me, & send account after account to them & they take no notice & the bill is still unpaid." The Barron's stayed their for twelve years on Sherwood. It was a paradise for the young boys. In 1928 they sold out and moved to Allandale and built a house. The Bernie O'Neil property. Jean died Nov. 15th 1955, aged 74 and James died 29th July 1963 in CHCH, aged 88. Son A.A. Barron, 8 Orkney St, CHCH 5. Both are buried at Timaru.

Otago Witness 8 February 1905 Page 47 [Jane Renton Kerse married James Barron in 1904]
BARRON - KERSE. On the 28th December, at the residence of the bride's parents, by the Rev. John Collie, M.A., James, second son of Alexander Barron, Morpha Lodge, Anderson's Bay (late of Dunrobin), to Jean, second daughter of Charles Kerse, Hume Bank, Dunrobin.

Alexander Barron was born in Scotland. He died 11th June 1920.

Children of Jeannie Renton and James BARRON
1906 5 March   Barron Alan Alexander m. Catherine Sutherland Munro in 1932. He died 1995. She died 1991.
1908  11 May   Barron Philip Kerse married Thelma Wyate Gardiner in 1939. He in 1999.
1910 20 July     Barron Ian James  d. 1994 m. Eva Lillian Clark in 1944
1913 19 March Barron Douglas Renton b. on Sherwood Downs. Married May Catherine Morrison in 1941. He died 16 March 1997, Nelson area.
1915                 Barron Charles Agston. Charles Ogston Barron married Barbara May Forbes in 1946.
1916                 Barron Arthur Maxwell married Joyce Daphne Gill Thomas in 1947

BOWIE, William Alexander

William Alexander BOWIE, we was born D. street Timaru 12 July 1878 to Julia and Robert Bowie, listed for the First New Zealand Contingent to the Boer War (all 10 contingents were MI or Mounted Infantry). He was a Bugler in the 1st Company 1st Cont. Service number : 16.  and was in Canterbury Mounted Rifles. Embarked on the Waiwera 21 October 1899.  Received a military pension. Later qualified as doctor, at Edinburgh Medical School and Dr. W.A. Bowie was Superintendent of Cook Hospital Gisborne 1916-1918, died Edinburgh 1945. Lost left hand from X-Ray burns. From Richard Stower's "Rough Riders at War" on the NZ Contingents to the (Second) Boer War 1899-1902.  His service record is online on Archway.
Trumpter William Alexander Bowie, SA
Regimental No. 16 Bugler 1st Cont.
Age 21
Occupation: farmer, Levels
height 5 feet 8 inches
weight 11st.
Horse 16
Revolver 1877
Born in the Province of Canterbury near the town of Timaru
Service abroad 1 year and 94 days. 1899-1900 - 2nd Bugler
Father R.H. Bowie

Auckland Star, 10 May 1945, Page 9 OBITUARY
DR. W. A. BOWIE Advice has been received in Auckland of the death of Dr. William A. Bowie, who practised in Gisborne, and was a prominent radiologist. He went to Great Britain last October. As a bugler, Dr. Bowie left New Zealand with the First New Zealand Contingent which sailed for South Africa in October, 1899. After two years' service in South Africa he went to Edinburgh University to study medicine. He graduated there, and subsequently was for some time in the Hull Infirmary. He next practised in New South Wales and later returned to New Zealand. Dr. Bowie was 67 years of age. He is survived by two sons, the elder being Captain William Bowie, master mariner, now overseas, and Mr. B. R. Bowie, of Wanganui.

Corporal BYRNE

Byrne, William Joseph
Rank Last Held: Corporal
Serial No.: 203
War: Anglo-Boer War (SA), 1899-1902
Date of Death: 28 May 1900
Place of Death: Klipriversburg (or Van Wyk's Vlei), Transvaal
Cause of Death: Hit by a shell in the head
Cemetery Name: Soldiers' Cemetery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Obituary: New Zealand Herald, 5 June 1900
Enlistment Occupation: Miller
First Rank: Trooper
Embarkation Date: 21 October 1899 Wellington, S.S. Waiwera (ship)
Embarkation Unit: 1st New Zealand Mounted Rifles. 2nd Company
Unit Last: 1st New Zealand Mounted Rifles
Military Awards: Imperial South African War Medal

Timaru Herald Thursday 19 October 1899
Sergeant Byrne of Timaru rejected from the Contingent. Failed to pass the required standard in horsemanship.

Timaru Herald  Wednesday 20 December 1899  Druidism
There was a very large attendance of druids last night for the quarterly meeting. Bro. Simpson, P.D.P., proposed the toast "Our Volunteers." coupled with the name of Bro. (captain) Beckningham and Bro. (Private) Byrne (now at the front.) Bro. Keith said incidentally remarked that he was the last person from Timaru to shake Bro. Byrne's hand in Wellington prior to his departure with the Contingent. He had never seen a young fellow so cut up as Byrne was when he was at first rejected [because his horsemanship was not up to standard]. However all ended well and Byrne was now fighting for New Zealand in South Africa. Other toasts. Bro. C. Knight, P.A. Bro. Pattrick sang "A soldier and a Man" and Bro. Simpson sang "England's Glory." "God Save the Queen" was sung by all with cheers, with an extra cheers for "Billy Byrne," terminated the proceedings. KIA 28 May 1900

Timaru Herald Tuesday 5th June 1900
The company parade of the Timaru Rifles, Captain Beckingham in command, held last evening, was well attended. The corps had not been long at drill, when the sad news came of Corporal Byrne's death in South Africa, and Captain Beckingham at once dismissed the parade.

Last night Captain Gillies received a telegram from the Hon. Hall-Jones, which stated that William Joseph Byrne had been killed in action, and that F. Knubley had been severely wounded. "The following casualties occurred near Johannesburg on may 28th: - No. 113, W.J. Byrne, killed. No. 400, Francis Clissold Knubley, {Second Contingent under Major Cradock,) severely wounded; and No. 144, Alexander Hastie, slightly wounded." Trooper Knubley, is a son of Mr M.J. Knubley, solicitor, of Timaru.

The usual meeting of the Aloysian Society was called for last evening, but immediately adjourned on receipt of the sad news of the death of Corporal Willie Byrne in South Africa. It was also resolved that the secretary send a letter of condolence to the late Corporal Byrne's family, deeply sympathising with them in their bereavement.

The very sad news of the death of Corporal Byrne cast quite a gloom over Timaru last night, and his many friends here both among the volunteers and in other circles, expressed the deepest regret and sympathy with his father, mother, and sisters in their irreparable bereavement. Partings are always sad yet we are sure that the hundreds of people here on the departure of Willie Byrne, will often recall as a memory of regret his cheerfulness on bidding them farewell. He was one of the first to volunteer and as a non-commissioned officer had ably assisted his comrades of the First Contingent in the war in South Africa. He was the second son of Mr T. Byrne (his eldest brother, Daniel, is a member of the Fourth Contingent) a very old resident of Timaru, and saw his first service as a volunteer in the old C Battery of Artillery, joining this corps on the 21st February, 1894, when he was 17 years nine months old. On the disbanding of the Battery he joined the City Rifles, and had been in that company for about three years when he was accepted for service in South Africa. He was employed at the Belford mill. On receipt of the news at The Priory the Rev. Father Tubman directed that the bell at the church of the Sacred Heart be tolled, the deceased soldier having been a member of his flock. Born at South Rakaia in 1876, he net his death on the battlefield just on 24 years of age.

Wednesday 6 June 1900
Most of the flags that were flying before were withdrawn yesterday, those that were flown being at half-mast. At Messrs Ballantyne and Co.'s all the windows were in mourning, a shutter board being left in the middle of each. The deceased soldier's sisters are in the employ of the firm. The Mayor of Timaru, on behalf of the town and district, has sent a letter of condolence to Mr and Mrs Byrne.

 Star 16 September 1905, Page 5
Mr W J. BYRNE  a solicitor widely known in Christchurch, died rather suddenly this morning, in consequence of breaking a blood-vessel. He had been feeling unwell lately. Mr Byrne came to the colony nearly thirty yearn ago, opening his New Zealand career at Timaru as a clerk, to Mr Hammersley, to whom he articled himself. After passing his examination, he came to Christchurch and was a law clerk with Messrs Harper and Company. Subsequently he took an office for himself, and practised his profession till the time of his death. He is survived by a widow, three sons and three daughters. All the boys have distinguished themselves at football. The eldest, W. J. Byrne, volunteered for service in South Africa during the Boer war, and was accidentally shot dead by a comrade on the veldt.

Press, 6 January 1900, Page 7 THE ABSENT-MINDED BEGGAR.
The following is the encore verse of "The Absent-minded Beggar' as sung by Mr Millar at the meeting at the Opera House on Thursday night:
There's a few more men in kharki gone to ride and shoot with Byrne
They will face old Kruger's Mausers with the best;
And tho' some may lose their ticket that we gave 'em to return,
There are some will come back patched and needin' rest.
We will not be absent-minded, for their three square meals a day,
With a decent soldier's pension we will find 'em;
We will show the the maimed and broken down returnin' from the fray
That they left a lot of loyal hearts behind 'em.
Our sons. your sons,sons of the men we know,
Two Contingents for the front, we cheered 'em on their way,
Each man doing his country's work (and who was it told them to go?)
Pass the hat for New Zealand's sake, and pay, pay, pay.

The words were written by a Timaru resident and the Byrne mentioned in the first line is Trooper W. Byrne, of Timaru, a member of the first Contingent.


Timaru Herald, 6 November 1908, Page 2
With much regret news was received in Timaru yesterday of the death of Mr P.D. Crampton, the contractor for the erection of the Canterbury Farmers' Cooperative Association new building. At the suggestion of his medical adviser, as he was suffering from consumption, Mr Crampton some little time ago went to live near Fairlie, where he purchased the homestead block of the Trentham estate. Mr Crampton had been in Timaru for about four years, coming originally from North Canterbury, and during that period has carried out several important building contracts including the erection of Ferguson's coach factory and of Craigmore house, additions to the Assembly Rooms, to Dalgety and Co's, while he recently undertook the erection of new premises for the Canterbury Farmers' Co-operative Association, Ltd. Mr Crampton was member of the Eighth New Zealand Contingent which went to South Africa, and was there appointed to the rank of quarter-master of Thorneycroft's column. On the formation of the South Canterbury Reserve Corps he became an honorary member, and in recognition of his services to his country, be will be accorded a military funeral. Mr Crampton was a member of St. John's lodge and of the Order of Oddfellows. Mr Crampton, who is only in his thirty third year, leaves a widow and one child. The funeral will leave Mr Moriarty's residence, Wilson street, tomorrow at 1.30 p.m.


Second Contingent, Unit nos 3 and 4 companies
Ship "Waiwera" 20 January 1900
Rank: lieutenant
Occupation schoolmaster, South Canterbury,
NOK: father , Read street Oamaru

DALE, Samuel

Reg No 3723.  Private, Sixth Contingent , No. 20 Company
Ship 'Cornwall' 30 January 1901
Occupation: Stationmaster , Dunedin
NOK: Mr William Dale, brother c/o Reid and Gray, Dunedin. Samuel Dale (Sam) was born in Port Chalmers in 1870. He went to the Boer War with the Sixth contingent and returned unhurt. On leaving the Doncaster Hotel he married Edith Mary Dale (no relation) whose parents owned the Doncaster Hotel at Washdyke, and later ran it in conjunction with her as joint owners. In 1908 he bought a town supply farm on school Road, Fairlie, next to the show grounds.

FREEMAN, Thomas Molloy #307 Private, Groom, Waimate

Son of George Randall Freeman and Margaret Freeman (nee Molloy). Born 1874. Died Heathcoate Camp, Christchurch 17 January 1902 from the effects of Enteric Fever contracted at the war. Aged 27 years.  Private Freeman left Waimate with four other men Privates W Butcher, John Goldstone, Robert Goldstone and Albert Leach.  The men went off through cheering streets, their haversacks and water bottles suggesting immediacy of action. The Second Contingent left Wellington on January 2, 1900 aboard the S S Waiwera. Courtesy of Gail Woods, Waimate Museum. Posted 29 March 2000.  Buried 19 January 1902, age 27, in the Old Waimate Cemetery.

Waimate Daily Advertiser, 12 July 1900, Page 3
Wellington, July 10. The Premier has received a cable from Mr Pilcner, New Zealand Government agent at Capetown, giving particulars of the men in the hospital at Capetown. The following South Canterbury men are mentioned :
617, Wilson (Lance-Corporal C. A, Wilson, son of Mr C. Wilson, Waimate)
673, McIntosh (Private A. McIntosh, son of Mrs McIntosh) Timaru
417, King, (Private J. D. King, next of kin, Mr James King, Livery Stables, Timaru)
307, Freeman (Private T. M. Freeman, son of Mrs Freeman, Waimate)
All are doing well, and the majority will be fit to return by the Waimate.

Feilding Star, 24 July 1900, Page 2
The Premier has received a cable from Major Craddock, stating the following New Zealanders have died of enteric fever : Privates F. P. Brown (Timaru) , F. Broome (Wellington), and T. M. Freeman (Waimate).  

Timaru Herald, 25 July 1900, Page 2
Every available flag in Waimate was exhibited at half-mast at Waimate yesterday, at the news received the previous evening of the death by enteric fever of Trooper Tom Freeman, of Waimate, of which town he was a native. A general feeling of sympathy was shown for his widowed mother, Mrs G.R. Freeman, and his brothers and sisters on the sad news so suddenly arriving to them.

Hawera & Normanby Star, 17 January 1902, Page 3
Christchurch, January 17. Driver Freeman, of B Battery, which is in camp at Heathcoate, was found dead in bed this morning. Deceased served in South Africa and had enteric fever.

Evening Post, 18 January 1902, Page 5
At the inquest on the body of Driver Freeman, who died suddenly at the artillery camp yesterday, a verdict of Death from Heart Disease was returned.

Timaru Herald, 20 January 1902, Page 2
Our Waimate correspondent writes : The news of the sudden death, of Gunner Tom Freeman, of Waimate, on the 17th instant, was received at Waimate with much regret, and deep sympathy is felt with his mother, brothers and sisters. He served some months in the Second New Zealand Contingent in South Africa, being invalided home about eighteen months ago from the effects of enteric fever. Not tired or afraid of a soldier's life and its hardships, he offered his services as a member of the Eighth Contingent now preparing for South Africa, but his medical certificate was not sufficient. He joined the New Zealand Permanent Artillery some time ago, and was serving in that capacity at the time of his death at the Heathcote camp last Friday morning. He was only 23 years of age. The Waimate Rifles, Studholme Mounted Rifles, Oddfellows, and Masons, joined in procession at his funeral, from the residence of his mother, and St. Augustine's Church, to the Waimate cemetery.

North Otago Times, 29 August 1900, Page 1
Trooper T. M. Freeman of Waimate, a member of the Second Contingent, who returned invalided from the front by the Gothic, arrived in Lyttelton on Saturday morning by the Rotomahana. He is experiencing the peculiar feelings of a man returned from the grave, his death having, in error, been reported to his friends. The mistake arose in this way:
Trooper Freeman was at Bloemfontein at the same time that a New South Wales Lancer, of the surname, died, and was buried, and the authorities reported that the New Zealander had died. A  pecullal coincidence was that the New South Wales Lancer's number was 207, whilst Trooper Freeman s number was 307. At the Lancer's grave it appears that a dispute arose as to his identity some maintaining he was the New Zealander.
     It was not until Trooper Freeman reached  Capetown that he learned of the mistake from a mate, who told him that notification of his death had been read out in orders.  As may be imagined Trooper Freeman's friends have suffered considerably through the error made.
   After the fight at the Ver River, Major Caddock put Trooper Freeman in an ambulance, with instructions to join him in a day's time, but the medical officer ordered him back to the hospital. Trooper Freeman, however, managed to get possession of a horse, rifle and bandolier and started off "on his own" to find the New Zealanders. He fell in with General French's column instead, and fought with the Inniskillings outside Kroostad. After a day and a half's endeavour to get up with the Contingent, the fever got hold of him, and on getting off his horse found it impossible to get on again, and was ultimately picked up on the veldt by some dragoons He was four days in a field hospital,  the same period was taken in transport to Bloemfontein, and during three days he lay unconscious. He was three or four weeks in the hospital at Bloemfontein , and made an ineffectual attempt to clear out and rejoin the Contingent. He was sent to Wynberg hospital, in Cape Colony, where he was for about a fortnight. He was then sent to the base hospital at Maitland, where he was put on light duties for about ten days, prior to New Zealand.
    Trooper Freeman thinks South Africa is a good country to live in. Despite the hardships encountered, which one gets used to, he liked campaigning, and he felt so much recovered in health when he reached Wellington, that he saw Colonel Ponton, and asked to be allowed to return to South Africa in a month. Colonel Ponton, however, would not hear of the proposal. The other members of the Contingent Waimate: the Goldstones and Butcher. - were doing first class.  Speaking generally of the treatment involved by the colonial troops Trooper Freeman said it was  very good, and as good as could be expected.

GALWEY, Kit. Christopher de Burgh Galwey, aka Kit

Born and raised on the West Coast, NZ. He served in the South African War and with the out break of World War One volunteered again. As a result of injuries he was hopsitalized for many months at the Choubra Hospital in Cairo, Egypt.  In 1917 the Clayton Settlement, a returned soldiers settlement, came up for balloting. Kit drew a run which he named "Choubra." Died 1939 at age 59.

Press 4 March 1939 Page 16 MR C. DE GALWAY (sic Galwey)
Mr C. de Galway, who died at Timaru recently, was a member of the Third South Africa (Rough Riders) Contingent and was held in high esteem by all who knew him both as a soldier and in private life. He joined the Rough Riders from Hokitika and served with the Contingent all the time they were in South Africa. On his return to New Zealand Mr de Galway took up farming, and for many years farmed at Sherwood Downs, South Canterbury, where he was well known and respected by a large circle of friends. The funeral was at Timaru and was largely attended. Messrs C. E. Cross and W. J. Ellison (Christchurch), Henry Harper, J. Heasley, A. Coupland, W. Kidd, and Albert Harper (all Third Contingent), A. Beck, president of the Veterans, Association, Christchurch, D. Murchison, Timaru Returned Soldiers, Association (who conducted the Returned Soldiers, Association service at the graveside, Mr F. Judge, Australim Imperial Forces, Association, and many members of the Timaru Veterans, Association were amongst those who paid their, last respects to a comrade. Amongst the wreaths sent were ones from the Sherwood Downs Returned Soldiers, Association, the South African War Veterans, Association, Timaru Returned Soldiers, Association, and the Third Contingent (Rough Riders).


HARRISON. On January 24th (killed in action at Spionkop), William Derby Harrison. Second son of Joseph Harrison, Timaru, aged 27 years. Deeply regretted. Timaru Herald 14 March, 1900

Timaru Herald, 14 March 1900, Page 3
The many friends of Mr and Mrs J Harrison, of Timaru, will read the following with deep regret : "Imperial Light Infantry. Spearsman's Camp, Natal, February 4th, 1900. Dear Madam, It is with deep regret that I write to inform you of the death of your son, Private William Derby Harrison of this corps, who died fighting for his country at Spionkop on January 24th last. During the time that your son served under my command his conduct was in every way satisfactory. I am, madam, yours sincerely, M. Neale Shutte, Lieut. Commanding A. Co., I.L.I." The late Private Harrison will be well remembered here, as he served his apprenticeship, and was for a long time employed at Mr J. J. Grandi's coach factory. His parents and relations will, we feel sure, have the deepest sympathy of all residents of Timaru.

Timaru Herald, 12 June 1900, Page 3
"Timaru's first sacrifice in the Anglo-Boer war" was Private William Darby Harrison, who was killed on Spionkop on the 24th January last. Private Harrison was a Timaru boy, born and bred, who left his native town about four years ago to try his luck in South Africa. When the Imperial Light Infantry was formed in Durban he joined that regiment, and took part in all the fighting about the Tugela, under General Sir Redvers Buller, which led up to the storming of the heights of Spionkop. The conspicuous gallantry of his regiment in that desperate engagement was in itself sufficient to prove his devotion to the cause he was fighting for, and if any tablets are to be erected to the memory of our gallant Timaru boys who have died in the execution of a Briton's noblest duty I would suggest that all honour be also accorded to the late Private Harrison. Both Private Harrison and Corporal Byrne fought as only true Britons can fight and if our townspeople would respect their memory I trust that they will do so in a manner worthy of the occasion.

Timaru Herald, 3 September 1900, Page 2
By the English mail which came to hand last week. Mr D. Harrison, of Bank street, Timaru, received some additional particulars of his brother's death. The letter containing these is from a friend at Durban, and is dated July 16th. The man who furnished the information to him was the next to Harrison when he was shot. They were the first to reach the top of Spionkop, were in the front rank, and Harrison was the first man shot. He and his comrades crept up the kopjes, and on reaching the top the order was given to "charge." The men stood up and ran to obey the order, -when Harrison fell shot through the forehead. An instantaneous death in the full tide of a battle which will long be remembered. The writer adds some details showing that he is attending to some necessary private matters on behalf of Mr and Mrs Harrison. Trooper Harrison, it will no doubt be remembered, had done excellent work as a member of one of the Natal companies.

Timaru Herald, 9 March 1900, Page 3 THE CASUALTY LIST.
Mr W. Harrison, an old Timaru boy son of Mr Joseph Harrison, storeman for the National Mortgage and Agency Co., Timaru, is serving with the Imperial Light Infantry with Sir Redvers Buller at Ladysmith. The Imperials are a Natal volunteer company, which was formed since the war broke out.
    Bugler Jackson, of the Waimate Rifles, having passed the medical test, is now at the Fourth Contingent camp, Christchurch.

HECKLER, Henry Thackeray

Born 1861 at Waikouaiti, Otago, was the third son of William Heckler, a farmer, who had came out to N.Z on the Rajah from Knowesburgh, Yorkshire and Susan Robins,  from Frome, Somerset, via Australia.  "Harry" volunteered for the Fourth Contingent but was not allowed to take his own horse along as he, the mount, was too tall. He left as a Corporal, was made a Lieutenant, later a Captain after he again volunteered for the North Island Regiment, Tenth Contingent. He had been working as a farm manger south of Hastings.  On the voyage over on the S.S. Drayton Grange in 1902 he became good friends with the Hon. Richard John Seddon, the Prime Minister, who had been invited to visit South Africa. Headstone Timaru. Service record
Letters written by Seddon on the voyage to England - 15 May 1902 - Seddon to Messenger - Informs him has appointed Lieutenant Heckler to captain. For service in South Africa has been recommended for the DSO and the DSM
Letters written by Seddon on the voyage to England - 15 May 1902 - WB Messenger to Seddon - Replies to 8/19. Has found for men whom he promoted according to instructions given by Seddon. Lieutenant Heckler's promotion will appear in orders that night.

Captain Heckler and his wife Olga were the first to take up "Ribbonwood", Sherwood Downs, Fairlie in 1912 when the area was opened under renewable crown pastoral lease by ballot. The altered homestead built in 1914 still stands, at 1800' overlooks the district. Captain Heckler died in Timaru Hospital in April 1915 of blood poisoning.

"Ribbonwood" pre 1960s

Otago Daily Times 11 May 1905, Page 8
Our Waikouaiti correspondent writes: Captain Harry Heckler, late of the Fourth, Seventh, and Tenth New Zealand Contingents, was united in manage to Miss Olga. H Fodor at St. John's Church to-day (Wednesday). The church, which was nicely decorated for the occasion, was crowded with spectators. The Rev. H. E. Jones was the officiating clergyman, and the bride was given away by Mr T. Mackenzie, M.H.R. After the ceremony was concluded luncheon was partaken of in the Borough Council Chambers, when a goodly number sat down, and the usual toasts were proposed, the speakers referring in flattering terms to the high esteem in which the parties concerned were held. Mr and Mrs Heckler left afterwards for Dunedin, whence they proceed south to Gore, where Mr Heckler has received an appointment as an officer of the Stock Department for that district.

Evening Post, 12 April 1915, Page 8
Captain H. T. Heckler, D.S.O., who was a member of the 4th, and 10th New Zealand. Contingents for South Africa, died at Timaru last week from blood poisoning.

Otago Daily Times 8 April 1915, Page 4
HECKLER.  On April 7, at Timaru, Captain H T. Heckler, D.S.O. (of the 4th, 7th, and 10th Contingents of South African Boer war), late of Waikouaiti and Fairlie. Funeral leaves St. Mary's Church, on Friday a 2.15 pm for the Timaru Cemetery. W. J. Lister, undertaker.

KARTON, Frederick Harry Wilkin 

Trooper Frederick Henry Karton, 1709 South African Light Horse
William Karton, father, Woolcoombe, St. Timaru
Sergeant Frederick Harry Wilkin Karton name may have been spelt Carton
NOK: Mrs Fulton, Timaru
Certificate of discharge of No. 1709 Trooper Fred Karton
Born near the town of Exeter in the County of Devon. Attested at Durban Natal on the 27th April 1900 at the age of 27 years. Discharged in consequence of completion of service. Service aboard one year and 326 days.
Description on discharge.
Age 29. Height 5ft 8". Complexion fresh. Eyes blue. Hair brown. Trade publican, Intended place of residence: Johannesburg, Transvaal. Discharged confirmed at Elandsforntein.
The late Sergeant F. Karton had been Sergeant in Durban for some time and was buried in the Cemetery at Braamfontein. Sergt. Frederick Karton, deceased, Brabant's Horse, reported to have died of Enteric Fever at Johannesburg on 20th November 1902. 
Died 20th Nov. 1902 at Central Road, Forsburg.
Cause of Death D.T.
Occupation barman
Colour White
Age 28 yrs.
Name Fred Karton
illness lasted 4 days
Attended by Doctor A.C. Hunter
Undertaker Mr Hill
Father inform of his death by a letter from Mr Ernest Sijourne. Fred died 20th Nov. and was buried the following day. 


Grey River Argus, 30 March 1900, Page 3
Lieut. M.E. Lindsay, of New Zealand, has received a commission in the. Seventh Dragoons.

Michael Egan Lindsay, from the Levels  No. 1 company
Otago Witness
photo M.E. Lindsay

Marlborough Express, 10 July 1900, Page 3
The Premier has received a cable from Mr H. Filcher, of Capetown, under date 5th inst., as follows ; Lieuts. Canavan (Blenheim), Heather (Auckland), Lindsay (Timaru), and Trooper Saunders (Southland) are returning to the colony by the Papanui. Major Jowsey reports that Private Knubley (Timaru) has recovered.

Timaru Herald, 2 August 1900, Page 3
Lieut. M.E. Lindsay, who left New Zealand for South Africa us an officer of No. 1 Company of the First New Zealand Contingent, and while there obtained a commission in the Imperial Army, has returned to his home, invalided, and as a lieutenant of the 7th Dragoon Guards, on six months leave. He arrived at Timaru by the express from Christchurch yesterday, and as the first Timaru member of the Contingents to return, and as one more over who hail won high praise as an officer in the field, the Mayor, Volunteer officers, and citizens gave him a most hearty welcome. A good deal of bunting was displayed in the part of the town near the railway station. And the shipping in the port were gaily dressed. A large crowd assembled at the station siding a large proportion of ladies. The Mounted Rifles furnished guard of honour, and Colonel Bailey and most of the Volunteer officers in town, and Captain Richardson from Temuka were present to welcome him. The Mayor, and Councillor Grandi, representing the Borough Council met Lieut. Lindsay at the train, and after some cheers had been indulged in on Lieut. Lindsay's appearance on the carriage platform, the Mayor called for three more; and for Mr and Mrs Lindsay, who were also passengers by the train. Lieut. Lindsay looks very pale and weak, and the wide service helmet and rough woollen khaki tunic he wore do not improve a person's appearance. At the Mayor's invitation Lieut. Lindsay was then driven to the Grosvenor Hotel, when in the large dining-room an enthusiastic reception was given to the returned representative of Timaru. There were present Colonel Bailey and other Volunteer officers, and forty or fifty of the professional and business men of the town. The Mayor presided, and in proposing the toast of "The Queen," made sympathetic reference to the bereavement Her Majesty has just, sustained, to add to the considerable troubles which she already had to bear in the two wars in which the nation is engaged. He then proposed the health of Lieut. Lindsay, with the hope that he may soon regain his strength, and pursue his military career us successfully in the future as he had done in the short period of his past service. He need not explain why he had called the citizens together on such an occasion. When they last met in that room it was to send away some of their representatives to South Africa. Now they were met to welcome back one who was among the first to go : somewhat regretfully to welcome him, as they would have preferred to see him in good health, and able to go right through the campaign. He could assure him that they had all read with great interest the news of his career at the front, and they had been proud that a Timaru boy, and a Timaru volunteer, had taken a leading part in many " scraps," or rather more than " scraps" ; and not only Timaru, but the whole district was proud of the way he had carried himself. Lieut. Lindsay briefly replied, thanking the company for the great honour done him. Colonel Bailey, whose name was also coupled with the toast, said Lieut. Lindsay, they all felt, had worthily upheld the honour of the Old Flag, and he had no doubt that he would continue to do so as a good soldier, everywhere and always. Mr Guinness and Mr Kent," speaking for the citizens, Captain Beckingham for the Timaru Volunteers, and Captain Richardson for the Country Corps, also made speeches of welcome. Mr Grandi proposed the " Safety and Safe Return of Our Boys at the Front," This toast was coupled with the names of those present who have sons at the front Colonel Bailey, and Messrs Tennent and Knubley, each of whom briefly replied. The health of the Mayor was drunk with musical honours, and a verse of " God Save the Queen" concluded the proceedings. Lieut. Lindsay was then driven home, escorted by the mounted guard. As they passed the Waimataitai the school children paraded and gave Lieut. Lindsay hearty cheers. Our Winchester correspondent writes :  Lieutenant Lindsay received a tremendous ovation when the train arrived here yesterday. ; Mr Opie, chairman of the School Committee, requested the school children to assemble at the railway station, which they did with infinite pleasure. The youngsters were plentifully supplied with flags, and made a gland show. Mr De Renzy addressed Lieutenant Lindsay, and said that the residents of Winchester were proud to welcome him back from South Africa. They had watched his career with the greatest pleasure. Miss Flora Boston read all address from the children, and on the call of Mr Opie hearty cheers were then given for Lieutenant Lindsay and his glorious commander, Lord Roberts. Lieutenant Lindsay returned thanks very feelingly. The train then moved on and the children were granted a holiday for the remainder of the afternoon.

O'CALLAGHAN, Leslie George

O'CALLAGHAN, Leslie George was the son of Arthur Pyne and Florence O'Callaghan, of 16 Craigie St., Timaru; husband of Julia Marie O'Callaghan, of Hadlow, Timaru. Native of The Springs, Lincoln, Canterbury.  Private L.G. O'Callaghan was a member of the Second Contingent when he joined the South African Police Force in 1900 for a three month stint. Lieutenant O'Callaghan was a teacher when he enlisted with the Eighth Contingent South Island Regiment - Squadron F and sailed from Lyttelton on the Cornwall 8 February1902. On returning he became an auctioneer in Waimate and entered in partnership with E.A. LeCren. Leslie's father was a supervising valuer in Christchurch. Leslie terminated his business when his wife was lucky enough in 1912 to draw a ballot for a run at the top of Morris Rd, Sherwood Downs, Fairlie. She named the run "Leslie Downs" after her husband. They were neighbours of the Heckler's. Captain O'Callaghan 24291 enlisted in WW1, 1st Bn., Canterbury Regiment, NZEF, and died in action on Friday, 12th October 1917, Ypres, Belgium. Age 38. Buried at  TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.  Mr. L.  O'Callaghan name appears on at least six war memorials or Honour Boards in South Canterbury the Sherwood Downs, St Mary's Church,  Timaru, Waimataitai School, Sacred Heart and Timaru's South African War Memorials in South Canterbury and on the Lincoln District Honour Board. He had married Julia Marie Stephanie WHEELER in 1905. South Canterbury Mounted Rifles member Papers Past TH 30 Dec. 1899 pg3 and 1900 letter

The collection was sold for $NZ3,365 to an Australian collector 3rd Feb. 2020, on Trade-Me.

Timaru Herald, 16 August 1900, Page 3
Wilkie, O'Callaghan and Greig joined the police. They signed up for three months.

Timaru Herald, 21 July 1896, Page 2
The appointment is gazetted of Mr Arthur Pyne O'Callaghan of Timaru, to be a valuer for the business of the Government Advances to Settlers Office.

Timaru Herald, 22 October 1917, Page 11 CAPTAIN O'CALLAGHAN. KILLED IN ACTION
News of the death in action of Captain Leslie O'Callaghan, of Timaru, was received on Saturday with profound regret. At the same time it did not occasion surprise, for everyone who knew him felt when he left as officer commanding his company that where ever the fight was hottest there he would be, if not in the front line, as near to it as he could get. A gallant man, who knew no fear, he had a winsome manner which made a friend for him of each with whom he came in contact. This was so in business, and the men who left for the front under him had nothing but praise and admiration for their leader. His bold spirit prompted him to go twice to the Boer war, and starting as a private there he returned with the Eighth Contingent as a Lieutenant. After his South African experience he started business in Waimate as an auctioneer, and following a successful period there he came to Timaru to enlarge the scope of his activities, when he entered into partnership with Mr E. A. LeCren, the firm being known as O'Callaghan and LeCren. In 1915 when Sherwood Downs was cut up for closer settlement his wife drew one of the runs, and Mr O'Callaghan then relinquished his town business and went to live on the run. At Sherwood Downs he soon became a leading personality among the settlers who parted from him with extreme regret when he decided that his place was at the war, and left his comfortable home and lucrative sheep property to serve the Empire. He joined the Eighteenth Reinforcements, leaving New Zealand with the rank of Captain, an office for which he was well fitted. His wife went Home when he went and is now working in one of the English hospitals. His parents are living in Timaru, and he leaves one child , a little girl. Deceased's father has been a very constant war worker ever since hostilities started, and he still lends very valuable assistance to the Ladies' Patriotic Society with unfailing regularity. The deceased Captain was a son to be proud of and his parents and widow have the satisfaction of knowing that he died as he lived, gallantly, in the service of others.

Temuka Leader 23 October 1917 Page 2
The Geraldine Cricket Club held a practice match on the oval on Monday, about 20 seniors and juniors taking part. Prior to opening the match, the president Mr B. R. Macdonald called the players together, and said that it had at first been thought that, it would be advisable to abandon the game on account of the death of the late Captain Leslie O'Callaghan, an old and honoured cricketer, but on second thoughts they had decided to go on with the match, as those who knew him felt sure that that would have been his wish.


George John Pinckney was not in the New Zealand Contingents (confirmed by checking Richard Stower's "Rough Riders"), and the item refers to him as an "very old resident of Tapanui" and being in the Hospital Service. A check on Kevin Asplin's (wayback) website shows that George Pinckney is listed as an Orderly in the Imperial Hospital Corps, and would presumably have received the QSA or Queen's South Africa medal. Imperial Hospital Corps, a colonial unit of the Boer War of 1899-1902. His WWI service records has been digitalised on Archways. Born Winchester about 1850. Not related to George Pinckney of Orari Gorge.

Otago Witness, 28 November 1900, Page 44
Mr George Pinckney, a very old resident of the Tapanui district, left last week for South Africa in search of green fields and pastures new.

Otago Witness, 24 September 1902, Page 31
The Tapanui Rifles mustered well, and attended in uniform, Captain Rodger commanding. There was a great gathering of troopers, including members of the various contingents, some of whom had, of course, been publicly welcomed on previous occasions. Those of the latest contingents - comprising Corporal Staven. Troopers M'Farlane, F. J. Quinn, and T. Price, and Mr Geo. Pinckney (of the Hospital service) - came in for special recognition, and were presented with maltese crosses by the lady mayoress (Mrs W. Quin).

NZSG Cemetery microfiche:
In the Tapanui Town Hall is a very finely preserved stained wooden Honours Board, with gold lettering for the South Africa, Roll of Honour 1899-1902 included in the names is G. Pinckney.

An article in the NZ Genealogist (May-June 1997) by A Ron Jones said there could be 1500-2000 NZers recruited into other Colonial (i.e. South African, Australian) or Imperial units in South Africa. There were about 6500 in the ten New Zealand Contingents, though many joined twice or more.


The Hebrew Standard of Australasia (Sydney, NSW) Friday 25 May 1900 p 10
Mr. S. Shappere, of Melbourne, has received very gratifying news from his daughter Rose, who is a nurse in the British Army in South Africa. This young lady, an ex-resident of Timaru, N.Z. was in Ladysmith all the time that the siege lasted, and the authorities have sent her and five other nurses to England to recruit their health, first class passages having been provided for them. Mr. Shappere has also received news that his son, who is serving in the British Artillery, and strange to say, was amongst those that tried so long to relieve the beleaguered city, is well.

SMITH, Robert Edward Reg No 418

Second Contingent, Unit nos. 3 and 4 companies
Ship "Waiwera" 20 January 1900
Rank: farrier
Occupation: farrier
Address 28 Stratford Timaru
NOK: Mrs Mary Smith, mother, NOK Address same
Died 2nd Dec. 1900 Bronkhorst Spruit, Gauteng, South Africa  of wounds received at Rhenostor Kop.
Buried: Diamond Hill Garden of Remembrance, South Africa

WORTHINGTON, Leonard Edward John 5073 Trooper 2nd Brabant's Horse South African Regiment which was raised from colonial volunteers in South Africa & 5617 Trooper 8th Contingent South African War

Leonard was born at Pleasant Point on 25 February 1875 to Robert and Catherine (nee Jagger) Worthington.  He was too short for the Boer War so he and a minister's son stowed away and jumped off the ship at Cape Town and swam ashore.  Later he was drafted from the Temuka Rifles with the Eighth Contingent - E Squadron and was attested at Addington on 6 January 1902. His record shows he was employed as a farm-hand for F. Palliser of Timaru at the time. Trooper Worthington was found gambling in Camp in that he did on 14 June play a game of chance with dice for money and was awarded 10 days pack drill. He was awarded the Queen's South African Medal 1902 and Orange Free State Clasp and obtained the rank of lance-corporal. Len died in Christchurch in 1948.  For details of service in the Brabant's Horse Regiment write to the Public Record Office in London and read The Colonials in South Africa 1899-1902 by John Stirling published Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh and London, being the services of the various irregular corps raised in South Africa and the contingents from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, India and Ceylon together with details of those mentioned in despatches with related honours and awards, 497pp., hardback, d.w., Reprint, Suffolk, (1907) 1990.  WW1 service

Brabant's Horse. There were two units of Brabant's Horse, both raised in Queenstown, South Africa. 1st Brabant's was raised on 5.11.1899 and 2nd Brabant's in January 1900. Both were about 600 strong and were disbanded in Cape Town on 31.12.1901.  Locally raised South African regiment, raised by Sir Robert Brabant, Commissioner of Cape Railways, in Queenstown, SA, Nov.5, 1899. Top strength, 600. Included in its ranks South African colonials, Australians, British, Canadians. Unit saw much action against Boer commandos. Brabant's Horse was disbanded in Cape Town, Dec. 31,1901. 

Taranaki Herald, 27 April 1901, Page 2 RECRUITING IN NEW ZEALAND FOR BRABANT'S HORSE.
A GOVERNMENT DECLARATION ON QUESTION. Wellington, April 28.; The Commander of the Forces wishes it known that the New Zealand Government will not be responsible for contracts entered into by F. B. Hughes, of Brabant's Horse.

Taranaki Herald, 7 May 1901, Page 2 RECRUITING IN NEW ZEALAND.
Christchurch, May 6.- Captain Hughes has received a cable from the military authorities at the Cape, stating that Lord Kitchener is agreeing for the passages of the men recruited by Captain Hughes for Brabant's Horse, and instructing him to see the Governor upon, the matter. As a result Captain Hughes, left for Wellington this evening by the Rotorua.

West Coast Times,, 29 April 1901, Page 2
Hughes to-day told a newspaper reporter that he had received a written and verbal request from Colonel Thomas who commands a portion of Brabant's Horse to bring back 100 recruits from New Zealand. He says he had the rank of Lieutenant in the regiment and exhibited a large bundle of telegrams which he said were from men in all parts of the colony anxious to join.

Otago Witness, 1 May 1901, Page 25
Wellington. April 26. Lieutenant Hughes, of Christchurch, who is enlisting men in the colony for Brabant's Horse, interviewed the Commander of the Forces to-day in regard to Lord Kitchener's cable to the Premier. He says that Colonel Penton informed him that the Government would try and prevent men going as recruits, but, of course, they could not stop them shipping as ordinary passengers. Lieutenant Hughes agreed to drop the word recruit from his advertisements, and confine himself to assisting men to leave for South Africa unconditionally. In regard to Lord Kitchener's cable, he contends that he has a perfect right to recruit anywhere for the irregular body horse.

Hawera & Normanby Star, 14 May 1903, Page 3
Wellington, May 13.
Captain J. T. Marshall, of Wellington, who served in the Boer war, as a Sergeant in Brabant's Horse, recently wrote to the paymaster of the Imperial Discharge Depot at Capetown relative to the issue of South African war medals to New Zealand members of irregular forces. He has just received a reply that all New Zealanders who served in irregular corps should apply for their medals direct to the chief ordnance officer at Woolwich.

Evening Post, 13 November 1900, Page 5
Perth, This Day. The Australasian has arrived here with invalided officers, including Lieut. Colonel Sommerville and Lieut. Collins, of the New Zealand Fourth Contingent, and Mr. J. A. Shand, war correspondent. Lieut. Collins's left fore-arm was shattered by a gunshot. His Excellency the Governor has received the following cable message from the General of Communications, dated Capetown, 12th November: "Woolloomooloo left Capetown 9th. She has on board Surgeon-Major Burns and four men of the New Zealand Mounted Infantry; also Sergt. Marshall, of Brabant's Horse, for Wellington, and Private Turner, of Brabant's Horse, for Napier."

Evening Post, 8 March 1900, Page 2
Apart altogether from New Zealanders who form the colonial Contingents in South Africa, several fellow-colonists are making their way there. Mr. F. Hoare, son of Mr. Hoare, who was at one time manager of the Raincliff Station in South Canterbury, has been accepted for the Imperial Yeomanry ; while Mr. J. Goodliff, known some years ago in steeplechasing and running circles in the colony, has thrown up the management of a licensed house near Fleet-street, in order to join the South African Contingent of the Bucks Yeomanry, of which he is a member.

Hawera & Normanby Star, 14 April 1902, Page 3
Wellington, April 14. The following are the names of those selected to form the European portion of the Coronation Contingent :
J. D. King, Timaru
J. Goldstone, Waimate
C. E. Cross, Fairlie

Press, 19 February 1900, Page 9
SOME BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES. The following are brief biographical note respecting the men of the Canterbury Troop:
Trooper Leopold George Dyke Acland was born at Christchurch and educated at Christ College. He has no relatives living in the colony: Trooper Acland was station-owner at Glentanner.
Trooper John William Cananvan has been a farmer at Orari, South Canterbury
Trooper Charles Edward Cholmondeley a son of Archdeacon Cholmondeley, of Opawa.
Trooper Charles William Ensor has been a sheep farmer, and has relatives living at Orari, South Canterbury.
Trooper Edward Charles Evans has been a rabbiter at Orari Gorge, Woodbury. His mother lives at Woodbury.
Trooper Hugh Jowsey is a son of Major Jowsey, commanding the Contingent, and was for three years a member of the Timaru Rifles.
Trooper James Henderson was a labourer at Orari, South Canterbury, where his relatives reside.
Trooper Robert McFarlane was a farm hand recently employed By Mr C. M, Orbell. His mother, Mrs Martha McFarlane, resides at Middlesborough, Yorkshire.
Trooper Archibald Macintosh was a shepherd, and his relatives live in Timaru.
Trooper William Nelthorp Moffatt was a contractor and horse-dealer, and was for six weeks a trooper in the C.Y.C. His father, Mr W. N. Moffat, resides at Beaconsfield, Timaru.
Trooper David Smith was a shepherd at Waimate, where his relatives live.
Trooper Charles Tillyshort was a blacksmith at Addington, and had been for seven months a private in the Temuka Rifles. His relatives live at Addington.
Trooper Harold Bennett was born at Pleasant Valley, Geraldine. His father is a farmer at Fairfield. Trooper Bennett has been engaged at farming and station work.
Trooper Hugh Charles Grahame was born at Kempston, Bedfordshire, England, and his mother resides at Timaru.
Trooper John Gordon Gunn Cooper is a native of Waimate where his parents, live. He was a farmer and had been a member of the Waimate Rifles for about a year. He plays the bagpipes, and has won several prizes for bagpipe playing, and has also played pipe-music at the annual balls of the Waimate and Hakateramea Caledonian Societies.
Trooper Archibald Coupland was born in Timaru, and his parents now live at Beaconsfield, his father being an engine-driver. For the past eight years he has been employed as groom and shepherd on Mr A. S. Elworthy's Holme Station, Pareora.

Trooper Charles Edward Cross is a native of Christchurch, and is a son of Mr F, Cross, who for a considerable period was a commercial traveller, but is how a commission agent. Trooper Cross was educated at the Christchurch Boys High School, and afterwards went to Akaroa, where he was engaged in station work. From Akaroa he went to Mr G. J. Black's Island Bay Estate, Akaroa, and was also, engaged in the Government Survey Camp at the East Cape some years ago. Just before offering for the Troop, he was engaged as buyer for Mr Acton-Adam.

Trooper Charles Augustus Wilson, Orderly Room clerk, is a native of Timaru, but when he was five years of age his parents removed to Waimate, He was educated at the Waimate District High School, and after leaving school, when fifteen years of age, he tried various occupations, finally settling down to learn printing in the office of the local newspaper. He worked there for five years, and in the meantime studied shorthand with Mr Gilby, of Christchurch,, and was amongst the first in Canterbury to receive a diploma from the National Phonographic Society. In 1895, Trooper Wilson started business on his own account as job printer in Waimate, and shortly after doing so launched the "Waimate Advertiser,'' first published weekly, and ultimately three times a week. He edited the "Advertiser" in addition, to managing the printing business, and in a short time had made a good property of it. He was for two years a member of the Waimate Rifles. His father is a contractor, and resides at Waimate; he has also relatives living in Cape, Colony and in England. He is the eldest of the family.

Sergeant Vincent William O'Farrell is a Victorian by birth and was born at Ballarat, in which city his father who is dead, was auctioneer. Sergeant O'Farrell was educated at Geelong College, was at one time a member of the Ballarat Rangers, and has represented Victoria in intercolonial football matches. Eighteen mouths before offering for the Troop he came to New Zealand, and has been engaged at station work in the Waimate district. His mother and sister at present reside in Perth, West Australia.

Trooper Thomas Rutherfors Tindale was a farm hand, recently in the employ of the Hon. L. Walker. His mother lives at Temuka.
Trooper Charles Edward Smith was a musterer at Clarence Bridge. His relatives live at Timaru.
Trooper Charles Frederick Vernall was a groom at Orari. and had been a private in the Temuka Rifles for a year. His relatives live at Orari. Trooper
Trooper Thomas Richard Moss was a farm labourer at Winchester, and had been in the Temuka Rifles for eighteen months. His relatives live at Winchester.
Trumpter David Strachan was a salesman at Timaru, where his relatives reside. He was trumpter for three years in the C.Y.C. and for four months in the Timaru City Rifles.
Trooper Cecil Young Ward was a farrier at Waimate, and was for one year in the Waimate Rifles. His mother resides in Oamaru.
Trooper Albert Charles Cone was a shepherd, employed at Rangiora. His relatives live at Waitohi Flat. South Canterbury.
Trooper Ernest Hartley Stone was a former at Glentiti near Timaru where his mother resides.

Press 29 June 1916 Page 8
Mrs R. Blyth, Temuka received word on Monday that her brother, Bombardier B. J. Timpson, had been wounded in the left hand. Bombardier Timpson left New Zealand with tho Fourth Reinforcements and enlisted at Hokitika. He is an old Temuka boy, having attended the Temuka District High School, and went through the South African campaign without a scratch.

"For noble deeds as simple duty done,
We thank Thee, Lord!"


During the Boer War period New Zealand Mounted Rifles had a  left hand facing collar fern.

Colonist, 24 February 1905, Page 4
Timaru, February 23,
This afternoon the Governor unveiled the memorial to twenty-seven deceased troopers of South Canterbury. Mr Craigie, the Mayor, the Hon. W. Hall-Jones and Archdeacon Harper also spoke. Afterwards the Governor inspected 370 school cadets. The memorial consists of a figure of a trooper, standing at ease, six feet six inches high, in marble, upon a solid granite die arid base, lt is ten feet high above the gray stone steps. A suitable inscription and the names of the 27 dead troopers appear on it.

Rifle missing 22 May 2010.

Keep the Home Fires Burning

One day, beloved, do come for me
over the waves of the parting sea.
Past the cross on the shell-torn hill,
Past the memories pale and still,
You, immortal, my hopes fulfil
With the promise of joys to be.

Evening Post, 11 November 1905
THE CRY OF THE SLAIN. The following poem, by Lucy Lyttelton in the Spectator, bears as its motto, "'Many of the bodies of those killed in the Boer War are being removed to the town cemeteries." It is not without a local application. Correspondents in our own columns have now protested against a similar practice in this colony. In one instance this was particularly regrettable, the resting-place of one of the heroes of the Maori War having been specifically indicated in a fine passage in Domett's fine poem. The spot was beautiful in the extreme, and was close to the place where he fell, but the remains were afterwards transferred to a crowded town cemetery.

What is the cry that breaks in on our sleeping?
Who is it cometh to trouble our rest,
Coming to bear us away to the city,
Crying our graves are apart and unblest
Is not our blood more than oil of anointing,
Bullet-scored rock than the shade of a dome,
More than the fairest of marble engraving
Praise of our country and tears of our home?
Are not the prayers that our comrades prayed o'er us
While the shrill ballet sped fierce on its "way
More than the blessing a stranger can give us,
More than the prayers that unmenaced ye pray?
Leave, us to lie where the bullet hath laid us,
Valley or plain or the stony hillside.
Deep in the trench that our comrades have made us,
Out in the wilds where we suffered and died.

South African Honour Roll
New Zealand Rough Riders 30
New Zealand Mounted Infantry 19
New Zealand Artillery 4
New Zealand Bushment 1
New Zealand Hotchkiss Battery 1
New Zealand Contingent 58
New Zealand Mounted Rifles 102

Otago Witness, 15 February 1900, Page 33
Only a soldier at his post,
With his hand on a charger's rein,
With a heart that is longing to meet the host,
And a pulse that throbs in vain.

Mist that is red before the eyes,
And thunder that fills his ears,
Trampling of hoofs, and battle cries,
Mingling of oaths and cheers.

These, with dreams of a far-off sky,
Pass through the teeming brain,
While round and above the bullets fly,
And hiss as they strike the plain.

Still he stands as the heroes stood
In the Pass of Thermopylae,
While there cometh to him by the Holy Rood
The Angel of Victory.

It flieth to him in the bursting shell,
Rending the heart of oak,
There, where he stood, a soldier fell
And a soul to glory woke.
Auckland, February 2, 1900

Otago Witness
, 4 January 1900, Page 49

Old ' England calls! Hark to the drum,
The Mauser bullets' mingled hum,
With bagpipes playing. Still them come,

With measured beat of marching feet,
Through wind and heat, through snow and sleet,
The true sons of our Empire meet.

The good old bull-dog British breed
Is pure gold in the hour of need;
Once more the bugle sounds give heed!

Rally up! rally up! Saxon and Celt;
Strike without gloves upon the lonely veldt.
Keep cool and hit hard : make every blow felt.

Rally up! rally up! Shamrock and Heather.
Nowhere in history you show the white feather,
Kanuck and Cornstalk, shoulders together.

Rally up! rally up! Goorkha and Sikh,
Mahrattas, Cingalese  out Indian pick:
Day out and day in  real dandies to stick.

Rally up! rally up! Tassy and Maoriland,
Brothers are calling you; listen to their demand,
Accept the proffered chance, stretch out a helping hand.

Old England calls! Again that bugle blast!
Stand not ignobly by ; do not forget the past 
Strike while the iron's hot, and weld one Empire fast.
LITTLE JIMMY (Mr J. McLauchlan) Southland, December 20.

"Play the Game"

Otago Witness, 22 February 1900, Page 66
If you're a dandy rider, and you fancy you can stick
To the pigskin, when it's strapped round any horse's hide;
If you're only five-and-twenty, and feel in rattling nick
The Cape's the place for you (they're wanting scouts to ride),
If a rifle you can handle and hold it fairly straight,
And are five-foot-nine or so, and scale at twelve stone eight.

Then play the game
For the trumpet's calling, calling " Come away " ;
Calling, calling you to come without delay.

There's a hundred men from Southland wanted soon, and quick,
There's a hundred from Otago wanted too,
For the Boars are there in thousands, and are bloomm' hard to lick 
But the good old bull dog breed will see it thro' ;
It's coming pretty tough if Oom Paul's to domineer,
But we'll clear the beggar out  or bust  no fear !

"We'll play the game 
For the big, big stalwart drummer bangs away !
Calling, calling, to aid them in the fray!

There are men in kilt and khaki risking life to-day,
Horse, Foot, Artillery, and Engineers,
There are chunky lads of sailors who know the game to play,
There's cavalry and infantry and fusiliers,
Canadian Rough Riders  Australian station blokes 
Wiring in from daybreak at breaking down their mokes.

They play the game 
And the dandy Highland piper struts round as large as life,
Calling, calling you to help them in the strife.

Crack regiments from India are swarming to the Cape,
Twenty thousand volunteers from brave Natal,
An Army Corps from Britain (tied neatly with red tape)
To hunt the sun-dried Boer from the Transvaal.
New Zealand adds her quota little Tassy sends her sons,
And they're doing simply splendid and sticking to their guns.

They play the game
For the bugle call has sounded  "Don't delay!
"It's not the time for funny jokes blaze away."

We can't all be Highland pipers, for Aye haven't got the build,
And only one in ninety-nine can ride,
And to hit the eight-inch bull's eye just takes a man who's skilled:
And the Cape won't hold us all !
Some will have to stay outside.
But there are ways and means. Have you got a pound to spare?
The widow and the orphan are helpless over there.

Come! play the game,
For the hat is going round to give us all a chance,
For the bosom friend of glory's called the ambulance.
LITTLE JIMMY.  (Elbow Room Estate, Speargrass Flat, Southland)
Southland, February 9, 1900.

It is not unknown for the given age to be increased for one war then decreased for the next e.g. Boer War / WWI.

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