What a wonderous week it has been! The welcome of Jay, preparation of the Hatherley spaces for the impending building site discombobulation, opening of the vicarage for people to say their farewells and share precious memories, and the blessing of the grounds in preparation for what is to come… read more
The 65th (2nd Yorkshire, North Riding) Regiment of foot was the longest-serving British unit in New Zealand, from 1846 to 1866. In February and March 1861 they were involved in Major-General Pratt's protracted campaign against Wiremu Kingi's "Last line of defence" - Te Arei Pā. A sap - a sheltered trench about 1.5km long, protected by redoubts - was dug towards the Pā. On February 10th the construction of No. 7 Redoubt, about 750m from the pā was harried by rifle fire. Leading a line of skirmishers to try and drive the suppressers from their rifle pits, Captain Strange was mortally wounded.
Beneath this stone
THOMAS GEORGE STRANGE
H.M. 65 Regiment
Born in 1827.
He fell while performing his Duty at
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