Topic: Lieuts Brooke, Jackson and 40th Regiment Memorial
Military Cemetery, McLean Street, Waitara.
Lieut. Brooke and 40th Regiment, Waitara 1860
Horizontal sandstone block cenotaph (empty grave). Lettering almost completely eroded but text copied to a later (1915?) black granite tablet let into the sandstone top.
Brooke's body and many of the other 40th Regiment soldiers were not recovered from the Puketakauere battlefield. A number were buried by Maori and a few others retrieved later in 1860 after the military occupied the site and erected a blockhouse..
Note: Contemporary newspapers and Hart's Army List 1861 give the name as "Brooke" not "Brooks" as on the 1915 memorial.
IN MEMORY OF
CHARLES FRANCIS BROOKE
FOR SOME TIME AIDE-DE-CAMP TO
MAJOR GENERAL SIR THOMAS PRATT K.C.B.
COMMANDING THE FORCES.
ALSO OF THE NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS
AND MEN OF THE 40TH REGT WHO FELL BRAVELY
PERFORMING THEIR DUTY DURING THE WAR OF
1860-61 SOME OF WHOM LIE INTERRED IN THIS
SPOT AND OTHERS IN THE WAITARA DISTRICT,
ALSO OF LIEUT DENIS JACKSON 40TH REGT
WHO FELL IN ACTION IN FRONT OF HUIRANGI
25TH JAN. 1861
(Jackson is buried at St Mary's Cathedral, New Plymouth.)
[For other memorials in the cemetery see Topics below]
In a letter to the Taranaki Herald 1882 (See Documents below) the writer notes the unkempt appearance of the cemetery and records two additional burials.
"ALFRED BROME, Naval Brigade, 23 December 1861 , Who fell mortally wounded whilst attacking the enemy's rifle pits at Matarikoriko, Aged 22 years"
"In Memory of MATT CORBETT, No 10 Company, 65th Regiment, Who fell mortally wounded at the attack on the Waitara Pah, [Te Kohia]Waitara 1860. Aged 32 years."