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Contingent

Officers

Men

Arrived in SA

Left SA

1st Contingent NZ Mounted Rifles and Hotchkiss Gun Detachment

9

206

Nov 1899

Nov 1900

2nd Contingent

11

247

Feb 1900

Mar 1901

3rd Contingent

12

252

Mar 1900

Mar 1901

4th Contingent

20

446

Apr 1900

May 1901

5th Contingent (Imperial Bushmen)
Reserves

24
3

500
68

Apr 1900
Apr 1900

May 1901
May 1901

6th Contingent

27

551

Feb 1901
May 1902

 

7th Contingent

28

572

May 1901

Jul 1902 (part)

8th Contingent
(Details)

45
8

951
192

Mar 1902
Mar 1902

Jul 1902

9th Contingent

48

1,028

Apr 1902

Jul 1902

10th Contingent
(Details)

45
7

961
155

May 1902
May 1902

Jul 1902
Jul 1902

Total

287

6,129

 

 

 

New Zealand contingents:

Casualties (officers): 7 KIA, 4 DOD, 26 wounded, 2 missing/prisoner

Casualties (men): 78 KIA, 87 DOD, 176 wounded, 41 missing/prisoner

A database of all New Zealand recipients can be found at http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/the-south-african-boer-war/introduction,


The Honours and Awards gained by the New Zealanders were as follows:

Farrier Major W J Hardham, 4th New Zealand Contingent, gained the Victoria Cross on 28th January 1901 near Naauwpoort.  This non-commissioned officer was with a section which was extended, and hotly engaged with a party of about 20 Boers.  Just before the force commenced to retire Trooper M'Crae was wounded and his horse killed; Farrier-Sergeant Hardham at once went, under a heavy fire, to his assistance, dismounted, and placed him on his own horse, and ran alongside until he had guided him to a place of safety.

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AbbottF WMajorMID LG: 29 July 1902, page: 4855. Source: General Kitchener. 23 June 1902. Re: Final despatch & mentions
This page contains all the London Gazette pages for the Boer War
AbbottFrederick WilliamMajorABBOTT, FREDERICK WILLIAM, Major, was born in Devonshire in 1865.  He joined the New Zealand Volunteers, as Lieutenant, in 1898, and was promoted Captain in the same year; Major in 1901, and Lieutenant Colonel in 1902.  He served in South Africa, 1900-2, with the 5th, 7th and 9th New Zealand Contingents, taking part in operations in the Transvaal, west of Pretoria, August to 29 November 1900; operations in the Transvaal, 30 November 1900 to July 1901; August to December 1901, and April to 31 May 1902; operations in the Orange River Colony, July to August 1901, and December 1901 to April, 1902; operations on the Zululand Frontier of Natal, September and October 1901.  He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 29 July 1902]; received the Queen's Medal with four clasps, the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 31 October 1902]: "Frederick William Abbott, Major, New Zealand Forces.  In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa".  He received the New Zealand Veterans' Medal.  Lieutenant Colonel Abbott married Annie E, daughter of Patrick Grant Ritchie, of Wellington, New Zealand.  He died about 1917.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
AbbottHArtillery
Source: QSA and KSA medal rolls
AdamsW C1601TrooperSeverely wounded. Kleinfontein, 2 October 1900
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
AitkenJ113SaddlerWounded. Jacobsdal, 19 February 1900
Mounted Rifles. Mounted Rifles
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
AitkenW J3703PrivateSeverely wounded. Groothoek, 16 June 1901
Mounted Rifles. Mounted Rifles
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
AldworthP H357PrivateWounded. Crocodile Drift, 5 August 1900
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
AlexanderJ1408CorporalWounded. Ottoshoop, 17 August 1900
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
AllanDArtillery
Source: QSA and KSA medal rolls
AllanT J W4453Shoeing SmithSeverely wounded. Botha's Pass, 27 December 1901
Mounted Rifles. Mounted Rifles
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
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GENERAL FRENCH'S DESPATCH: 2nd February 1900.—NZMI: Major A W Robin, commanding, deserves special mention for the frequent occasions on which he and his men have performed signal service during these operations. Captain Madocks and his company mentioned in body of despatch for work on 15th January.

LORD ROBERTS' DESPATCHES: 31st March 1900.—NZMI, with Cavalry Division for Relief of Kimberley, and advance to Bloemfontein, Major A W Robin.

2nd April 1901.—Lieutenant Seddon, Roughriders, one of Lord Roberts' Colonial ADC's, "performed duties loyally and well"; Lieutenant Colonel S Newall (5th Contingent); Majors M Cradock' (2nd), A AV Robin (1st); Lieutenants J G Hughes (1st), T J M Todd (2nd); Majors R H Davies (4th), T Jowsey (3rd); Captains C T Major (4th), D Polson (5th); Lieutenants A Bauchop (4th), S H, Bradburne (3rd), G H R Rolleston (4th); Sgt-Majors W J Burn’, W H Fletcher (5th); Sergeant Major Harpur; Sergeants W Cassidy (2nd), E Hazlett, Luck; Pioneer-Sergeant Harris; Corporals. Harler, Hogg; Troopers Gallaway, Holroyd; Private W B Wade.

4th September 1901.—Sergeants Bennett, Ebbs; Gunner Kelly, 1-pr battery. Nursing Sister J M N Williamson, who got the Royal Red Cross.

Lord Roberts, in despatch of 1st March 1902, announced that Private H D Coutts, NZMR, had been awarded one of the four woollen scarves knitted by Queen Victoria for distribution to the four most distinguished private soldiers in the forces of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

LORD KITCHENER'S DESPATCHES: 8th March 1901.—NZMR: Lieutenant Colonel Cradock (2nd); Captains G Crawshaw (2nd), E W C Chaytor (3rd); Surgeon Captain S C Godfray (3rd); Lieutenant C L Somerville (2nd); Quartermaster Sergeant Stephenson; Sergeant P Tudor; Troopers E Hille, H Harper, J Stevens, H Windgate.

8th May 1901, from General Babington's despatch as to capture of guns and convoy in Western Transvaal, 24th March.—4th New Zealand: Captains G H Walker, DSO, and B Arthur, for excellent services; Corporal O'Dowd, promoted Sergeant; Privates Rumble and Drinan, promoted Corporals. Private Rumble charged a gun, closely followed by Drinan and O'Dowd. They were met by a heavy fire from the gunners, Rumble's coat being shot through, and Drinan's hat. They took the gun. Private Thurlow (promoted Corporal), conspicuous for his energy in turning round waggons of convoy under fire, and sending them to the rear. Private Wylie (promoted Corporal) charged a gun by himself; it was defended by four of enemy, two of whom he killed and then captured the gun. Private D Langham, conduct in capture of guns. 5th NZ: Lance Corporal Turnbull (promoted Corporal), near Dwarsvlei, Krugersdorp, 23rd April, went with Major Brown, Border Regiment, into a dark cave and succeeded in getting out six armed Boers.

GENERAL PLUMER'S DESPATCHES: 6th April.—6th NZMI: Farrier-Sergeant G Rouse and Private A Free (promoted Corporal), on April 5, near Pietpotgeitersrust, captured 12 armed Boers and 2 waggons with arms and ammunition.
8th July 1901.—NZMR: Surgeon Captain E J O'Neill (6th), on June 16, under heavy fire, went three times to the wounded and succeeded in getting Lieutenant Ryan and three men. 4th.: Captain A Bauchop, at Spitz Kop, Feb. 11, for plucky action in rescuing a wounded man. Farrier-Major W J Hardman, near Cypherfontein, June 21, brought a wounded man out of fire on his horse, himself running beside him (mentioned in Army Orders). Farrier - Major Hardman got the Victoria Cross for another act of gallantry.

8th August 1901.—7th NZ Regt.: Lieutenant E Hecklar, at Witkop, Transvaal, July 22, with two men, brought two dismounted men out of action under heavy fire, Sergeant Major Callaway and Lance Corporal Vicoe assisting in this.

8th October 1901.—7th NZ Regt.: Captain C Simpson greatly distinguished himself in night capture of Spannerberg's laager near Honingspruit, August 16. 6th NZMR: Lieutenant P L Tudor, with only 12 men, crossed the Caledon on 16th Sept., and kept touch with 200 Boers for three days, and displayed great gallantry on 27th, holding position for three hours against 50 Boers. Major A W Andrew, Indian Staff Corps, in command during action at Mokari Drift, Caledon River, Sept. 27, and handled his troops very well. Captain J Findlay, East Kent, attached, and Captain L C E Knight, for excellent service in command of detached troops in Orange River Colony in September. Private J E Baigent, one of a party which volunteered to carry despatches, ambushed and fired on at very close range, and the corporal's horse being shot, waited under heavy fire for him, and brought him away safely; Bastard's Drift, Orange River Colony, 27th September. 7th NZ: Sergeant Major E Lockett, for most gallant rescue of a prisoner in the Hosberg,

August 23. He was severely wounded, and lost an arm in consequence.

8th December 1901.—4th MR: Sergeant J Walker, for capture, single-handed, of three armed Boers, in a farm near Standerton. 7th: Lieutenant J D G Shera, for gallantry in attack on laager in Pongola Bosch, October 23. Sergeant J Davidson, Lance Corporal W Rutherford, for gallantry in bringing wounded men out of action under close fire, October 5.

8th March 1902.-7th: Major A Baudiope; Lieutenants P T Emerson, P Overton, for good service in Colonel Byng's capture of laager at Fanny Home February 2. Lieutenant D A Hickey, for marked good service in action at Witkoppies on night of December 27. Farrier Sergeant Quinn, for recovering stampeded horses which had gone through enemy's lines, under a hot and close fire, and closely pursued, December 27. Sergeant W Kent, at Holnek, December 21, when with 20 men, was charged by 50 Boers, dismounted his men and repulsed enemy by volleys.

8th April 1902.—NZMR: Lieutenant Colonel T W Porter.

1st June 1902.—7th: Lance Corporal Gregory, promoted corporal, for coolness and grasp of situation which enabled officer commanding regiment to make effective dispositions to repulse attack, 24th February 1902.

23rd June 1902.—New Zealand Forces: Nursing Sister D Peiper; Colonel R H Davies, CB; Majors F W Abbott, E Bartlett; Captains R Stevenson, C L Somerville, H R Potter, G R Johnstone; Lieutenant W C Morrison; Regimental Sergeant Major G C Black 3; Sergeant Majors Pickett. H White; Quartermaster Sergeant G Mitchell; Sergeant D Smythe; Corporals Cato, Burns, Beck; Lance Corporal W Thorp; Private J Cassidy. Quartermaster Sergeant Travers got the DCM.


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