Country: New Zealand
Issued on: Return
Date of presentation: 26/07/1901
Number issued: 6 or 8


Gold Maltese crosses, to:
2nd New Zealand Mounted Rifles –

358 Sergeant Sid. J. HENDERSON (dangerouly wounded, Balmoral, 23/01/1901; subsequently died - did his family receive a medal?)

3rd New Zealand (Rough Riders) Contingent –
862 Trooper J. KENNINGTON

741 Trooper Frederick J. McLEAN

4th New Zealand Mounted Rifles –

1313 Trooper Edgar H. SMITH [Edgar S. Smith]

5th New Zealand Mounted Rifles –
2480 Farrier [Sergeant-Farrier] R. HALL

2297 Trooper C.W. SMITH (died, Mafeking, 19/01/1901 - did his family receive a medal?)

New Zealand Battery, Rhodesian Field Force –
2379 Gunner P.J. McLEAN

1370 Driver H. RAINBOW


Presentation made by Mrs H.M. Reader, in the Town Hall. Havelock.

Inscribed: "Havelock’s / welcome home / South Africa / 1901".

"In the form of a gold Maltese cross, inscribed on the upper, lower, and left hand radiating arms, “Havelock’s—welcome home—South Africa”; the right-hand arm bearing the number of the Contingent in which the recipients were enrolled, and the centre disc containing the rank and name of those to whom they were presented, with the figures 1901".

Supplied by Messrs Brown and Kerr, Nelson.



Pelorus Guardian, 19th July 1901
RETURNED TROOPERS. — The Committee appointed to arrange for a fitting reception to the district troopers on their return from South Africa have decided that the social evening shall be held at the Town Hall, Havelock, on Friday next (26th. inst.). We have been privileged in perusing the programme, and from the contents it is evident the Committee intends providing an evening worthy of the occasion. It has also been decided to present each of the men with a memento, taking the form of a gold Maltese cross, suitably inscribed. From a casual estimate of the cost of the latter and the expense coincident with the social, it would appear the endeavour to make the event popular by means of low cost of admittance will be a strain upon the receipts, possibly too weighty. Those who wish to see the returned troopers suitably recognised should therefore have an opportunity of assisting the Committee by means of subscriptions, otherwise than the price of admission to the social, which will be practically absorbed by the expenses connected therewith. Any member of the Committee will doubtless be pleased to receive subscriptions as now suggested.
Pelorus Guardian, 30th July 1901

Troopers’ Welcome.

The warmth of the welcome tendered to the returned district troopers, at the Town Hall, Havelock, on Friday last, was distinct in its two main features — of evident rejoicing that those who were the guests that evening had passed safely and honourably through the stress of war; and a contrast of gloom at the loss of one who had been known from childhood amongst the majority of those who were present. The Committee appointed by the residents had made the arrangements with particular effectiveness, and the result struck a chord of harmony whereat all sections of the community were provided with an opportunity of testifying the spontaneous feelings that actuated the public mind. This was done, in a more than usually exuberant, spirit, and the sinking, even for the time being, of all feelings of personal difference, in the one object, was admirable, and its results may be, in this direction, farther reaching than the Committee imagined, in the universal programme that was so wisely provided.

The Chairman, Mr H.M. Reader, having read a telegram of congratulation from the Rev. H.W. Howell, at present on leave of absence, the Rev. J.S. Smalley, F.R.G.S., addressed the gathering. He expressed the privilege he felt at being asked to speak. It was a somewhat remarkable coincidence that two years ago, when the war movement was foremost in all minds, he had expressed his opinion that the foes of the Empire would find “there was life in the old land yet”, and he thought all would agree that it was a true prophecy, that had been fulfilled. The theme of the song “Home, sweet home” they had listened to would, that night, appeal in a different manner than it had before to those who had returned from the perils of war, guided safely to the haven of home by God. It was felt that those to whom honour was being extended that evening had done their duty most nobly, cheerfully, and thoroughly. The colonial troops had performed a distinct service to the Empire, and had brought the Colony before the world’s notice. The conduct of every trooper who had been sent to the battlefields of South Africa was a credit to themselves and to the Colony. If those who wore amongst them that evening had not gained the V.C., they no doubt deserved it, for the gaining of this distinction was often a matter of accident — as brave and heroic deeds were not always performed under the eyes of those in a position to recommend them. The mementoes that would be presented that night were of more value than the V.C.— they were mementoes of esteem. The war was a stern necessity, the reputation of the Empire being at stake, and the welfare of the black and white races pending in the balance. It was a painful alternative, and its romance was soon dissipated in the hardships the troops had to suffer; it was hated by all, even as deeply as Mr Stead hated it, but the stern necessity remained, and the Empire had been upheld worthily in the strife. In their rejoicings he asked them not to forget those who had lost dear ones, and were not able to rejoice with them. Let them not forget the nurses and non-combatants, that had tendered comfort to the troops in sickness and death. Let all buckle on their armour against worldly thoughts and dangers, proving themselves worthy soldiers of Christ; and let it never be said that temporal advantage was gained at the expense of spiritual advantages lost, for was it not to be remembered “Greater is he that ruleth his own spirit than he who taketh the city”. He wished those who were guests that evening many days of health and happiness.

The Rev. H. Foston said it gave him great pleasure to add his quota to the words of the last speaker. Those who were being honoured that night were their district representatives who had now returned after doing them all honour, and, as such, they were proud of them, and welcomed them home, for they bad done their work well, and the heart was gladdened by their presence. It was with sorrow they remembered that two of those who had departed from this district had been left, and their loss was mourned by all. He would ask the assemblage to silently rise and respectfully stand whilst he mentioned the names of those two who had left mourning relatives and sorrowing friends. The rev. gentleman then feelingly referred to Messrs Sid. HENDERSON and C.W. SMITH, those present standing until Mr Foston concluded by asking all to be thankful to Almighty God for having brought safely back from the war those who were present that evening. He asked that all those who had returned should be treated well, that their temporal wants should be satisfied, and if there should be any in want through their late action that such should be remedied. He further hoped and trusted that all would help them to keep in that track that led to a higher glory that was to be obtained in the world’s fields of battle.

The Chairman of the Pelorus Road Board, Mr H.M. Reader, as representative of the district local body, welcomed the guests of the evening. It gave them all, he said, the greatest pleasure to welcome the men back to their homes, and they were proud of them for the manner in which they had conducted themselves through great hardships and peril. To those who in this district had lost relatives, the utmost sympathy was felt, and it was hoped the pangs of bereavement would be softened by the knowledge that they had nobly fulfilled their duties at the Empire’s call. He felt that what had been done by the lads of this district would stir the breasts of others, and the example set, would, if time should create a need, bring forward others who would worthily uphold the honour that had been gained by those that were then to be presented with tokens of the people’s good-will and admiration. Sergt.-Farrier R. HALL, Gunner P.J. McLEAN, Driver H. RAINBOW, and Troopers J. KENNINGTON, Fred. McLEAN, and E.H. SMITH, were then invited to step forward upon the stage, Mrs H.M. Reader, with a few words of thanks to each, for their services, and a hope that such might not be again required, presented the mementoes amidst cheers. Three of the men expressed thanks, on behalf of themselves and comrades. During the proceedings, an enjoyable programme of vocal and instrumental music was rendered by lady and gentlemen, and refreshments having been served, the reminder of the evening was devoted to dancing.
Pelorus Guardian, 30th July 1901
TROOPERS’ MEMENTOES. — The mementoes presented to the returned district troopers, on Friday evening last, were in the form of a gold Maltese cross, inscribed on the upper, lower, and left hand radiating arms, “Havelock’s—welcome home—South Africa”; the right-hand arm bearing the number of the Contingent in which the recipients were enrolled, and the centre disc containing the rank and name of those to whom they were presented, with the figures 1901. The mementoes were from the establishment of Messrs Brown and Kerr, Nelson, who are to be commended for the chasteness of design and workmanship, and the intrinsic value of the pendants they supplied.