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New Zealand Medal Rolls for The 96 and 99 Regiment of Foot



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The New Zealand Medal was instituted in 1869. While it is British, the medal can be described as New Zealand's first indigenous campaign medal. It was awarded for service in the New Zealand Wars of 1845-47 and 1860-66.  The Medal was awarded to members of the British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Marines, and to colonial volunteers.
This memorandum was originally written on February 1992
The following copies of lists of New Zealand Medal Rolls, 96th and 99th Regiments, were presented to The National Archives by Captain W A Morgan, late of the Kensingtons, in December 1963.

 The Manchester Regiment 96th Regiment

A copy of the roll for this Regiment is in America and known as the COUTTS roll - the following Note regarding the 96th Regiment is on the roll.

It is stated that the Headquarters of the Regiment was stationed at Launceston, Tasmania in 1843 and that in March of that year a detachment under Lieut. Col. Hulme proceeded to Auckland, New Zealand. In 1845 this detachment was subsequently engaged with the natives at Koroanika in the Bay of Islands on March 11th where forty men under Lieut. Barclay were engaged with the whole of the native forces and compelled to re-embark and sail to Auckland, having had five killed and three wounded. On the 27th April the Company again proceeded to the Bay of Islands under Lieut. Col. Hulme together with reinforcements from Sydney which had arrived to support the small force of a single Company of the 96th Regiment, who had been exposed for the last 12 months to the attacks of the whole body of natives. On 8th May they were engaged at Keke's Pa and had 6 killed and 9 wounded, and soon after at the second assault of the same place when the detachment lost 5 killed and 3 wounded. August 1846 Headquarters proceeded to Hobart's Town, Tasmania, to re-organise the Corps which had been so much detached since arrival in Australia.

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Roll of claimants for the New Zealand medal - kindly furnished by Lieut. G L Usher, the Manchester Regiment.

Captain  William Archibald Eyton.
Ensign Charles Octavious Eardley Wilmot.

Privates

  • 1791 Henry Barnes , 544. William Blyth , . 671 Robert Baalam  , . 1545 Henry Brighton - Beighton at Royal Hospital Chelsea  , .1089 John Blake  , .

  • 1740 George Dobie

  • 541 John Foster

  • 426 James Grace

  • 1741 James Gill

  • 1621 George Hudson

  • 1744 Edward Kellington

  • 805 Joseph Myers  , . 1254 John Moy  , 

  • 1520 John Nuttall - Coutts list No. 1502

  • 805 W Parkes - Coutts list Parker, William

  • 1479William Quantrill - Coutts list No. 1474

  • 1629 William Short , .    1028 W Scarrow - Scarron in Coutts list , . 137 Richard Sunter - Smith in Coutts list 1445 John Stewart , .  751 William Skipper , .  783 Francis Squire , . 

  • 170 Thomas Walton - without date sold Sotheby's 20/2/79

The Wiltshire Regiment 99th Regiment NEW ZEALAND

Details of 17 Officers and 101 Other Ranks entitled to the medal. (' #* ' denotes those who are either not on the Morgan list, or where spelling or number differs)

This is a copy of the roll supplied by Miss Jane Kenworthy of Newton, Bucks County, Pa. USA. The rolls were originally written by Coutts who added the following note:-
 

In May 1845 two companies embarked at Sydney, NSW, where the Regiment was then stationed, for New Zealand. In January, 1846 a re-enforcement of 105 men was sent from HQ. The detachment returned to Sydney August 1847.
Captain Collinson, RE., wrote of this campaign and stated that the 99th detachment never exceeded a total of 360.

Officers

        • Lieut. Col.  Henry Despard  , . #*Lieut. Col , . Edward Lord , . #*Major E. Lash - (Lt. Col. Edward Last in 1848-49 Army List)  , . Captain John Armstrong , .  #*Ensign Edward Batty , .  #*Ensign Henry John Blackburn  , . Lieut. Rubert Barber Deering , .  Lieut. Robert Henry De Winton  , . Lieut. Lempster R Elliott , .  Asst. Surgeon George Thomas Galbraith , .  #*Lieut Patrick Johnston - Adjutant , .  Lieut. Robert Johnston  , . Lieut. Charles Edward Leigh  , . Capt. Ewan McPherson , .  Ensin  , . Bernard O'Reilly - no date on medal - Needes Collection . . #*Capt. Archibald William Reed , . #*Ensign John Jermyn Symonds

Other ranks

Colour Sergeants

  •  #*655 Austin Thynne

Sergeants

  • #*751 Sgt. W. O. Brown ,   #*1039 Sgt. Robert Burns  , .

  •  #*1652 Sgt. David Burt

  •  #*1064 George Fiddes ,

  • #*1442 Richard Harris

  • #*1104 John Moll (Molloy on Morgan List)

Corporals

  • ..#*1394 John Carpenter

  • #*1159 William Minnion, .. #*1325 James Murphy

  • #*1540 Thomas Reilly

Privates

  • #*960 ADAMSON Thomas   ..#*1832 ASPINALL William   . .#*1112 AUSTIN James 

  • #*1970 Gustavus Bailey , .#*1187  Warner Barnes , .  #*1890 John Barnes , . #*2035 John Barry  , . #*2066 John Berry  , . #*2002 Nathanial Berry (Matthew Berry on Morgan list) , .  #*1655 James Bowman , . 1389 Sgt. Martin Brady  , . #*2136 James Brenner - no date on medal - McKenzie Collection  , . 1222 John Bridges , . #*1559 Patrick Brogan 

  • #*1403 Michael Cahill , ..#*1933 James Callaghan , ..#*1506 James Callaghan , ..#*1254 John Carberry , #*1304 Michael Carroll , ..#*1763 Richard Chalinor , .. 1306 James Cleghorn , .. #*1586 Francis Coldough , ..#*1166 Michael Connoly , ..#*1361 Thomas Connors , ..1850 Thomas Crook, .. #*749 Alexander Cowans

  • 1432 Patrick D'Arcy , ..#*502 Thomas Donnoley , ..2030 Hugh Downey, ..1786 James Duff , .. #*1230 Arthur Duncan

  • #*1841 Jacob Edmonds , ..

  • #*1165 Edward Fallick , ..#*1080 Michael Faren , ..#*1193 Abraham Fernsley, ..  ..1380 John Fitzpatrick, ..

  •  #* Jess Haigh. No. 1555 #*807 Richard Hamilton, .. #*1968 John Harcourt, .. 1489 James Haynes , .. #*1339 John Heaton - (Hunter on Margan list), .. 1531, .. Patrick Higgins, .. 1267 Patrick Hogan , ..#*1354 Hugh James

  • #*2076 Frederick Keir, ..#*1630 Michael Kelly, ..#*1464 Peter Kelly, ..#*809 James Kenny

  • #*557 George Lamont , ..#*1392 Michael Lemmon

  • #*1486 Hector McCormack , ..#*1923 Michael McCourt , ..1205 John McGrath , ..#*2088 Donald McLaren#*1517 Denis McNamara , ..#*1943John McNeil , ..#*2077John McQuillin, .. #*1513 John Madder , .. 1927 George Maher , ..1399 James Mallon, ..#*895 John Mark , ..#*816 George Matters , .. 2090 James Moore (2070)James Moon on Morgan list  same man) , ..1145 Martin Moran , ..1370 Henry Moseley , ..#*939 Patrick Murphey

  • #*1909 Alexander Neilson , .. 1027 John Noble

  • #*383David Og , ..#*1983 John O'Sullivan

  • #*369 Thomas Pepper

  • 1227 Francis Reilly , ..#*2020 George Rogers

  • 1553 James Shaw, .. #*1425 Christopher Shercock, .. #*845 William Smith , .. #*2109 Thomas Sparshott , .. 1340 Henry Spencer , ..  2011 Richard Stocks , .. #*1585 Thomas Stocks , .. #*1547 John Strachan , .. #*1208 William Swan

  • #*1518 Thomas Tuite 

  • #*295 George Wade , .. #*1150 Richard Walsh , .. #*1906Henry Warner, ..  1789 William Watson , .. #*1929 John Witherington

New Zealand Roll for 99th Foot-2/Wiltshire

Regiment entitled to 1845-47 Medal
Medal issued to:

 Officers

        • Lt.Col.Despard, Henry  , .#*Lash, E. (Lt.Col.Edward Last on 1848/49 Army List) , .#*Lt.Col   Lord, Edward, .    #*Captain Reed, Archibald WM , . Captain McPherson, Ewan  , . Captain Armstrong, John , .Lieut. Derring, Rupert Barber , . Lt. De Winton, Robt. Hy.  , Lieut. .Elliot, Lempster R. , .#*Lieut. Johnston, Patrick (Adj't) , .Leigh, Chas. Edw'd , .  Lieut.  Lieu Johnston, Robert  #*Ensign Batty, Edward #*Ensign Blackburn, Henry Jne. , .Ass't SurgGalbraith, George Thomas , .  Ensign O'Reilly, Bernard Hy , .  #*EnsignS ymonds, Jno. Jermyn

 

Other ranks

Colour Sergeant

  • 655 Thynne, Austin

Sergeant

  • 1389 Brady, Martin    , . #*751 Browne, W.O.  , .  #*1039 Burnes, Robert  , . #*1652 Burt, David

  • 1380 Fitzpatrick John 

  • #*1442 Harris, Richard 

  • #*1104 Moll, John

Corporal

  •  #*1394Carpenter, John

  • #*1159 Minnion, William   , .#*1325 Murphey, James

  • 1540 Reilly, Thomas

 Privates

  • #*960 Adamson, Thomas   , . #*1832 Aspinall, William    , . #*1112 Austin, James

  • #*1970 Bailey, Gustavus    , . #*1187 Barnes, Warner   , .  #*1890 Barns, John    , . #*2035 Barry, John #*2066 Berry, John    , . #*2002 Berry, Nathaniel    , .  #*1655 Bowman, James   , . #*2136 Brenner, James  , . 1222 Bridges, John   , . #*1559 Brogan, Patrick

  • #*1403   , . Cahill, Michael   , . #*1933 Callaghan, James   , . #*1506 Callaghan, James   , . #*1254 Carberry, John   , .#*1304 Carroll, Michael   , . #*1763 Chalinor, Richard  , . #*1306 Cleghorn, James  , . #*1586 Coldough, Francis , . #*1166 Connoly, Michael  , . #*1361 Connors, Thomas  , . 1850 Crook, Thomas

  • 1432 D'Arcy, Patrick  , . 1786 Duff, James  , . #*1230 Duncan, Arthur  , .

  •  #*1841 Edmonds, Jacob

  •  #*1165 Fallick, Edward  , . #*1080 Faren, Michael  , . #*1193 Fernsley, Abraham , . #*1064 Fiddes, George

  •  #*749 Gowans, Alexander

  •  #*1555Haigh, Jesse  , . #*807 Hamilton, Richard  , . #*1968 Harcourt, John  , . 1489 Haynes, James #*1339 Heaton, John  , .  1531 Higgins, Patrick , .  1367 Hogan, Patrick

  • #*1354 James, Hugh

  • #*2076 Keir, Frederick  , . #*1630 Kelly, Michael  , . #*1464 Kelly, Peter  , . #*809 Kenny, James  , .

  • #*557 Larmont, George  , . #*1392 Lemmon, Michael

  • #*1486 McCormack, Hector  , .#*1923 McCourt, Michael  , .1205 McGrath, John  , .#*2088 McLaren, Donald  , .#*1517 McNamara, Denis  , .#*1943 McNeil, John  , .#*2077 McQuillin, John , .#*1513 Madder, John  , .1927 Maher, George  , .1399 Mallon, James  , .#*895  Mark, John  , .#*816 Matters, George  , . 2090 Moor, James  , .1145 Moran, Martin   , .1370 Moseley, Henry   , . #*939 Murphey, Patrick

  • #*1909 Neilson, Alexander    , .1027 Noble, John

  • 383 Og. David   , .1983 O'Sullivan, John

  • 369 Pepper, Thomas

  • 1227 Reilly, Francis , .2020 Rogers, George , .

  • 1553 Shaw, James 1425 , . Shercock, Christopher , .  845 Smith, William , .  3109 Sparshott, Thomas, .   1340 Spencer, Henry , .  2011 Stocks, Richard , .  1585 Stocks, Thomas  , . 1547 Strachan, John , . 1208 Swan, William , . 

  • 1518 Tuite, Thomas . ,

  • 295 Wade, George  , . 1150 Walsh, Richard  , .1906 Warner, Henry , . 1789 Watson, William , . 1929 WITHERINGTON John

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