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Paul Inch

Birthdate: (73)
Birthplace: St Breward, Cornwall, England
Death: April 9, 1877 (73)
Leech Street, New Plymouth, New Plymouth District, Taranaki, New Zealand (Exposure)
Place of Burial: New Plymouth, New Plymouth District, Taranaki, New Zealand
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Inch and Phyllipa Inch
Husband of Tabitha Inch
Father of Philippa Tabitha Wood; Louisa Baldwin; Waiman/Wyman Inch; Wymond Inch and Thomas Inch
Brother of Jenefer Inch; Hamly Inch; Silas Inch; Phillipa Inch; George Inch and 5 others

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About Paul Inch

Arrived on the William Bryan 1841. Paul Inch served in the Land Wars and was wounded in the breast at the battle of Waireka.

Paul Inch, who arrived in Taranaki with Mr Chilman in the William Bryan in 1841, died last week. At the engagement at Waireka, Inch received a flesh wound in the chest. The poor old man has been failing in health for some time. On Friday morning, 6th instant, he was found near to the Native office, having lain out in the wet all night, and this exposure resulted in his death.


Image from James Cowan's New Zealand Wars: 'The Battle of Waireka: defence of Jury's farmhouse by the Taranaki Volunteers and militia'. Kaipopo pā can be seen on the hill above.

Shortly after 3 p.m. on 28 March 1860 the militia force was seen by Māori at Kaipopo. Around 200 men armed mostly with double-barrelled shotguns and some rifles left the pā. They began firing on the militia and Volunteers from the cover of bush and flax in the gully between the two arms of the Waireka Stream. Some of the Europeans retreated to the safety of the farmhouse of settler John Jury. Another party led by future Premier Harry Atkinson moved to an ancient pā site overlooking one branch of the stream. A third group led by Captain Brown occupied land between the two branches. Throughout the afternoon both sides fired at each other from cover. Ammunition began to run low for both Māori and militia.

HOW TO CITE THIS PAGE 'Scene from battle of Waireka', URL:, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 23-Jun-2014


On the night of 15/16 March 1860, Te Ātiawa warriors led by Wiremu Kīngi Te Rangitāke built Te Kohia pā, the ‘L-pā’. Te Kohia was not only on the land in dispute but was in plain view of Camp Waitara.

Colonel Emilius Gold, the commander of the British forces in Taranaki, observed that Te Kohia was ‘curiously hollowed out’ but failed to recognise its anti-artillery bunkers. Its two arms were both about 35 m by 10 m. Its shape also made it difficult to surround.

On 17 March, Gold and men from the 65th Regiment moved out from their camp and ordered Kīngi and his 70 or so men to surrender. This demand was predictably rejected. A concentrated bombardment of the pā by 24-pounder howitzers began. Māori responded with ‘a heavy and well-sustained fire’ that wounded several of the attacking force, two of whom later died. Approximately 200 rounds was fired into the pā during the day. At dawn next morning the British guns were moved forward but it was soon discovered that Kīngi and his men had left during the night with no loss of life. The British had captured a abandoned pā, the first of many such 'victories' in what was to be a frustrating campaign for the military hierarchy.

HOW TO CITE THIS PAGE 'Site of Te Kohia pā', URL:, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 13-Jan-2016


War in Taranaki 1860-63 Page 4 – Fighting begins

HOW TO CITE THIS PAGE 'Fighting begins', URL:, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 23-Jun-2014


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Paul Inch's Timeline

December 4, 1803
St Breward, Cornwall, England
February 14, 1808
Age 4
St Breward, Cornwall, England
November 13, 1830
Age 26
Saint Mabyn, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
December 4, 1833
Age 30
St Mabyn, Cornwall, England
Age 31
Saint Mabyn, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
Age 33
Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
April 25, 1838
Age 34
Longstone, Cornwall, England
April 9, 1877
Age 73
New Plymouth, New Plymouth District, Taranaki, New Zealand
New Plymouth, New Plymouth District, Taranaki, New Zealand