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Edward Francis Messenger was born in 1843 in Loughton, Essex, one of 7 children of William Messenger and Mary Stephens. The family arrived in New Plymouth in 1853 aboard the Joseph Fletcher. Edward served alongside his older brother, William Bazire Messenger, at the battle of Waireka, and was presented with a revolver for bravery by the New Zealand Government..
He was killed on 3rd March 1861 while collecting peaches at Brooklands, an area which had been evacuated during hostilities.
WHO WAS KILLED
BY HOSTILE MAORIS
BY N.Z. GOVERNMENT
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