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New Zealand Wars - Victoria Cross recipients

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Recipients of the Victoria Cross (1860-1865)

During the New Zealand Wars (1860-1865) a total of fifteen Victoria Crosses were awarded in New Zealand for outstanding bravery and gallantry in battle. Major Charles Heaphy was the only member of the NZ forces to receive the V.C.

He was the first recipient of the V.C. to be a non-regular soldier.

Whilst many men deserved the highest bravery award, few received it but those that did most definitely deserved it.

Battle or Skirmish

Table 1: Battle or Skirmish.
Name Region Date of Action
Camerontown [1] Waikato 1863-09-07
Gate Pā [2] Tauranga 1864-04-29
Kaiapopo Pā [3] Taranaki 1863-03-28
Poutoko Redoubt [4] Taranaki 1863-10-03
Rangiriri [5] Waikato 1863-11-20
Te Ranga [6] Tauranga 1864-06-21

The fifteen Victoria Cross recipients (N.Z. Wars)

For more detailed information for each recipient listed below i.e: name, rank, unit or service, place and date of act, London Gazette (date of award), follow this link: NZ Wars - Victoria Cross recipients.

N.B. Click on red names to link to a WikiTree profile; green names link to a Wikipedia page.

Table 2: The fifteen V.C. recipients (NZ Wars).
Surname First Name Rank Corps Action
DOWN John Thornton Ensign 57th Regiment Poutoko Redoubt [4]
HEAPHY Charles Major Auckland Militia Waiari, Mangapiko River
LUCAS John Col. Sgt. 40th Regiment No.7 Redoubt, Te Arei
McKENNA Edward Col. Sgt. 65th Regiment Camerontown [1]
McNEILL John Carstairs Lieut.-Col. 107th Regiment Ohaupo, King Country
MANLEY William George Nicholas Asst. Surgeon Royal Artillery Gate Pā [2]
MITCHELL Samuel Capt. of Foretop H.M.S. Harrier Gate Pā [2]
MURRAY John Sergeant 68th Regiment Te Ranga [6]
ODGERS William Seaman H.M.S. Niger Kaiapopo Pā [3]
PICKARD Arthur Frederick Lieutenant Royal Artillery Rangiriri [5]
RYAN John Lance-Corp. 65th Regiment Camerontown [1]
SHAW Hugh Captain 18th Regiment West Coast, North Island
SMITH Frederick Augustus Captain 43rd Regiment Te Ranga [6]
STAGPOOLE Dudley Drummer 57th Regiment Poutoko Redoubt [4]
TEMPLE William Asst. Surgeon Royal Artillery Rangiriri [5]


Of the 15 recipients of a V.C.:
  1. seven were born in Ireland;
  2. six were born in England;
  3. one was born in Scotland;
  4. and one was born in (British) India.

References / Links

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 ~ CAMERONTOWN, 7 Sep 1863 ~
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 ~ GATE PA, 29 Apr 1864 ~
  3. 3.0 3.1 ~ KAIAPOPO PA, 28 Mar 1860 ~
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 ~ POUTOKO REDOUBT, 3 Oct 1863 ~
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 ~ RANGIRIRI, 20 Nov 1863 ~
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 ~ TE RANGA, 21 Jun 1864 ~



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