Category: New Zealand, Second Boer War

Categories: New Zealand Military History | Second Boer War

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New Zealand contributed ten contingents of mounted rifles towards the British Crown's efforts in the Second Boer War (also known as the South Africa War). The British Government accepted the offer by Richard Seddon – the Premier of New Zealand – for troops, and so the country became the first British colony to volunteer forces for the war. A total of ten contingents departed for South Africa between October 1899 and April 1902. The volunteers of the first two contingents were mainly members of New Zealand's existing permanent or voluntary forces and were expected to supply their own equipment and horses. The Third and Fourth Contingents were organised by regional politicians and businesspeople: the Third organised mainly from Canterbury, and the Fourth from Otago. These two Contingents were also largely paid for through local fundraising rather than central government, and together they became known as the Rough Riders. The remaining contingents were funded by the British Government.


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14 Jan 1879 Oamaru, Otago, New Zealand - 21 Jan 1900
11 Aug 1869 Wellington, New Zealand - 1943
31 May 1869 New Zealand - 23 Feb 1934
10 Nov 1875 New Zealand - 21 Apr 1912
13 Jun 1874 Awamoko, Otago, New Zealand - 25 Oct 1944
1879 New Zealand - 31 Jan 1967
29 Sep 1877 Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand - 24 Oct 1947
05 Feb 1883 Little River, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand - 21 Apr 1949 photo
abt 19 Sep 1870 New Zealand - 18 Jul 1945
31 Aug 1876 New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand - 08 Oct 1949
21 Sep 1878 Rakaia, Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand - 25 Dec 1928
15 Oct 1883 Mangapai, Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand - 20 Jun 1956

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