Treatment of the Dead and Wounded
The wounded Maoris were taken to hospital on stretchers for treatment, several dying there. Reweti, the second chief in command, had seven bullet wounds and both legs broken. Rawiri Puhirake
, during the bombardment, strode fearlessly up and down the parapets, calling out to the British gunners at each shot:—”Tena tena e mahi i to mahi,” (go on with your work, do your worst), and to his countrymen he would give cheer, saying:—”Kia u te manawarere,” (be firm o trembling hearts, be firm). One Maori had been cut in two by a shell; the head, trunk and extremities were carefully collected and laid with the remaining dead in the Pa. Another native had his skull cloven by the black sailor of the “Miranda.” The sailor had already done good service during the war, but fell dead later on. Mr Watt (gunner of H.M.S. “Miranda”)
The old Mission House at “The Elms,” Tauranga. Its erection was commenced in 1838 and completed in 1845. Except for a roofing of iron over the shingles and a few minor repairs, the building has been lovingly preserved by its present owner, Miss Alice Maxwell, in its original state.
Archdeacon Brown's Library at “The Elms,” the old Mission Station at Tauranga. Interestingly described by E. Maxwell in “Recollections and Reflections of an Old New Zealander,” p.p. 167–189.
[Photo. by R. J. Smith, A.R.P.S.]
The date of this photograph of Tauranga is uncertain but presumably it was taken at about the time of the arrival of the troops in 1864.
Taken from an engraving in the Illustrated London News of July 23rd, 1864.
cut down with his cutlass the native who had shot Captain Hamilton of H.M.S. “Esk.” Another seaman from the same vessel chased and bayoneted a native outside the Pa, but was immediately shot. Samuel Mitchell
, of H.M.S. “Harrier,” was recommended for the Victoria Cross for bringing out Commander Hay, seriously wounded, from the Pa. Captain Glover was shot while bringing away the body of his younger brother. The latter was at Maketu
on duty, where a detachment of fifty men of the 68th and 43rd had been sent to protect the Maketu
settlement. They occupied the fine Pukemaire Pa above the village, placing 6-pounder Armstrong field pieces in the angles. Having heard that his elder brother was one of the forlorn hope, he hurried to Tauranga without leave and joined in the assault. His brother, who came out unscathed, on hearing his younger brother was missing, exclaimed:—”I must find where Teddy is, or what would mother say.” He went back into the works alone and was shot—an act of fraternal affection which cost the Queen two gallant soldiers.
Only twenty of the enemy dead were found in the Pa, but nine more were collected, making twenty-nine who were buried on the west side of Cameron Road, between it and the swamp in the grove of trees there. A fortnight afterwards Piwharangi, another Ngaiterangi, was found and placed with the others, making thirty in all. The Venerable Archdeacon Brown conducted the service. No stone marks these gallant dead. When the fatigue party were laying the dead in one grave, the Maoris, who came in at the General's invitation, objected, making the soldiers place the plebians first, then laying the chiefs across their breasts, saying:—”Kati ano kia Waiho hei whariki mo a matou rangatira (It is well that they should be a couch whereon our chiefs may rest). Including those who died from wounds subsequently, I should put the total Maori loss at about forty-five.