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  • William Chidley Reynolds, Jnr (1843 - 1872)
    William was born in Cornwall and preceded his family to New Zealand on the ship 'Percy' in 1866. He joined the 3rd Waikato Militia, aged 22 and stood 6 foot tall. He was a substitute soldier on 26 May ...
  • William Steele, Captain (1831 - 1898)
    NOTE: William Steele's great-grandparents - Frederick Thomas Steele and Sophia Ann Steele (nee Adeane) - need to find link back. See also: Englishman William Steele spent time gold mining and farming...
  • James Runciman (c.1829 - 1899)
    James Runciman was a captain of the Volunteer Cavalry Corps in the Waikato wars. In the 1880s he took over a 600 hectare property at Newstead, calling it Marshmeadows as it was mostly swamp. He was a p...
  • Arthur Algernon Crapp, Captain (c.1842 - 1928)
    Captain Arthur Crapp had been a surveyor and member of the Armed Constabulary as well as a veteran of the Maori Wars. He became a friend and advisor of Gellibrand and later married Elizabeth, Gellibran...
  • Forster Yelverton Goring, Lt Col (1846 - 1923)
    Fought in the New Zealand Wars between 1861 and 1866. He gained the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in the service of the Royal New Zealand Artillery.

The New Zealand Wars, sometimes called the Land Wars and also once called the Māori Wars, were a series of armed conflicts that took place in New Zealand between 1845 and 1872. The wars were fought over a number of issues, the most prominent concerning Māori land being sold to the settler population.

The Māori King Movement (also known as the Kingitanga Movement) began resisting the purchase of their land by British settlers, in some cases resulting in violence. These disputes sowed the seeds of eventual war between Kingitanga Māori, with their supporters, and the British and New Zealand governments, with the support of allied Māori