Life in Early Poverty Bay
A Soldier of the Queen at 14 Years
A Soldier of the Queen at 14 Years.
Sir James Carroll first came prominently into the limelight of the European residents when, as a lad of 14, he volunteered for service against Te Kooti in the Urewera Country. Shouldering his carbine, he joined up with a war party of about 300, of whom only a few were pakehas, and into the way-back bush the force went. In due course he became bootless and that state of affairs added to the hardships experienced by him, as the country was very rough. It fell to his lot too, to belong to a party, page break page 177 which also included the late Lieut. J. W. Witty, that narrowly escaped being overwhelmed in an ambush. In the course of his story of the fighting. Lieut. Witty, it may be recalled, specially mentioned how bravely young Carrell (as Sir James then was) took sheiter behind a tree and blazed away for all he was worth in the thick of the tussle. In all he was on active service for six months and, on the cessation of the fighting, he was accorded with others the thanks of Parliament and, besides, a special vote of £50 and the N.Z. War Medal.