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131 Braemore Road, Waverley

Moturoa Battlefield  

Moturoa Battlefield

Braemore Road, Waverley

(Unveiled 7 November, 1993)

 

 

 Transcription of Signboard Text

 

Historic Place

 

Battle of Moturoa

 

On the 7th November 1868, Colonel Whitmore with Armed Constabulary (Nos 1,2,3 and 6 Division) Wanganui Maori Contingent (Kupapa), Patea Rifle volunteers, Patea Yeomanry Cavalry (dismounted) and Wairoa Rifle Volunteers marched from Wairoa (Waverley) to attack Titokowaru's Pa at Moturoa. The Pa was in the vicinity of this noticeboard. The dawn attack was repulsed and Whitmore ordered a withdrawal. The rearguard action continued until within sight of the Wairoa Redoubt.

 

The following men are known to have been killed or died of wounds.

 

Anita                                          Wanganui Maori Contingent (Kupapa)

                                                      Also four men from Wanganui Maori Contingent (Kupapa)

                                                      Names Unknown.

Private S Brewer                    Patea Rifle Volunteers

Constable S Brown                No 6 Division Armed Constabulary

Constable G. L. Cole             No 6 Division Armed Constabulary

Trooper J. Devon                   Patea Yeomanry Cavalry

Constable C. Eastwood        No 6 Division Armed Constabulary

Inspector W. M. Hunter      No 3 Division Armed Constabulary

Constable J. Kelly                   No 1 Division Armed Constabulary

Corporal W. Keneally           Patea Rifle Volunteers

Sergeant E. Kerwin                No 6 Division Armed Constabulary

Constable C. Lees                    No 3 Division Armed Constabulary

Constable W. Nicholls          No 3 Division Armed Constabulary

Constable Nogus                      No 3 Division Armed Constabulary

Constable P. Norman             No 2 Division Armed Constabulary

Constable J. Path                     No 3 Division Armed Constabulary

Constable T. Poole                   No 6 Division Armed Constabulary

Constable F. S. Rogers            No 6 Division Armed Constabulary

Constable G. Satler                  No 3 Division Armed Constabulary

Constable J. Savage                 No 2 Division Armed Constabulary

Corporal C. N. Stockfish        Patea Rifle Volunteers

Te Waka Tapa Ruru                Only man on opposing side known

                                                          to have been killed

Constable R. Thompson        No 6 Division Armed Constabulary

Constable D. Urquhart          No 3 Division Armed Constabulary

Constable W. Vance               No 1 Division Armed Constabulary

 

The New Zealand Cross was instituted in 1869 to recognise conspicuous bravery in the Colonial Forces. It is one of

the rarest decorations in the world, only 23 having been awarded. Three men in Colonel Whitmore's Field Force

were awarded the New Zealand Cross for gallant service at Moturoa.

 

Constable Henare Kepa Te Arururu            No 1 Division Armed Constabulary

Inspector John M. Roberts                              No 6 Division Armed Constabulary

Major Keepa Te Rangihiwinui (Kemp)       Wanganui Maori Contingent (Kupapa)

 

 

This noticeboard, erected by the Patea Historical Society, with the assistance from the Rotary Club of Waverley- Aotea and Waverley Lions Club, was unveiled by Mr P. Gresham, M.P. for Waitotara, on the 125th Anniversary of the Battle of Moturoa, 7th November, 1993

 

 William M Hunter is buried in Heads Road cemetery, Whanganui (See Images below)

 

Note: Te Henui Cemetery Block H, Plot 1293 has this inscription:

 MARY ANN NORMAN WHO DIED 21ST APRIL 1866 AND HER HUSBAND PETER NORMAN WHO WAS KILLED

AT THE TE NGUTU O TE MANU MASSACRE 6TH SEPTEMBER 1868

Sic - Peter Norman was killed at Moturoa - see above.

 

 

 

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