Tag: New Zealand Land Wars

William Odgers VC

Leading Seaman William Odgers  (14/02/1834 – 20/12/1873) , of HMS Niger,  was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the First Taranaki War in New Zealand.

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Issue: 22409,  Page: 2861, reads:

“William Odgers, Leading Seaman of Her Majesty’s Ship Niger.
On the 28th of March, 1860, William Odgers displayed conspicuous gallantry at the Storming of a Pah during operations against Rebel Natives in New Zealand; having been the first to enter it under a heavy fire, and having assisted in hauling down the enemy’s colours”

He is buried in St Stephens Churchyard, Saltash, Cornwall

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William Temple VC

William Temple (07/11/1833 – 13/02/1919) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the New Zealand Wars in 1863 at Rangiriri

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Issue: 22896, Page: 4552 reads:

“Royal Artillery. 

Assistant-Surgeon William Temple and Lieutenant Arthur Frederick Pickard. Date of Acts of Bravery, November 20th, 1863.

For gallant conduct during the assault on the enemy’s position at Rangiriri, in New Zealand, on the 20th of November last, in exposing their lives to imminent danger, in crossing the entrance of the Maori keep, at a point upon which the enemy had concentrated their fire, with a view to render assistance to the wounded, and, more especially to the late Captain Mercer, of the Royal Artillery.

Lieutenant Pickard, it is stated, crossed, and re-crossed the parapet, to procure water for the wounded, when none of the men could be induced to perform this service, the space over which he traversed being exposed to a crossfire; and testimony is borne to the calmness displayed by him, and Assistant-Surgeon Temple, under the trying circumstances in which they were placed.

He died in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, and is buried in Highland Road Cemetery in Portsmouth.

There is a commemorative Plaque for him at the National Memorial Arboretum.

Asst Surg. William Temple. VC.

Portsmouth Highland Road Cemetery

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Hugh Shaw VC. CB

Hugh Shaw (04/02/1839 – 25/08/1904) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the New Zealand Land Wars in 1865.

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Issue: 23044, Page: 6005, reads:

“18th Regiment. 

Captain Hugh Shaw Date of Act of Bravery, January 24, 1865.

For his gallant conduct at the skirmish near Nukumaru, in New Zealand, on the 24th of January last, in proceeding, under a heavy fire, with four Privates of the Regiment, who volunteered to accompany, him, to within 30 yards of the bush occupied by the Rebels, in order to carry off a comrade who was badly wounded. On the afternoon of that day, Captain Shaw was ordered to occupy a position about half a mile from the Camp. He advanced in skirmishing order, and, when about 30-yards from the bush, he deemed it prudent to retire to a palisade about 60 yards from the bush, as two of his party had been wounded. Finding that one of them was unable to move, he called for volunteers to advance to the front to carry the man to the rear, and the four Privates referred to accompanied him, under a heavy fire, to the place where the wounded man was lying, and they succeeded in bringing him to the rear.”

He died in Southsea in 1904 and is buried in Highland Road Cemetery in Portsmouth.

 

Portsmouth Highland Road Cemetery

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