Henry Crann was born in Netherbury, Dorset on 15th December 1832, son of Samuel and Sarah Crann. He arrived in New Plymouth with his parents and four siblings aboard the Timandra in February 1842. Henry became a member of the Taranaki Volunteer Rifles. On 24th August 1860 he went beyond the defensive perimiter  in Welbourn in search of some bullocks which had strayed, and was ambushed and killed. The Taranaki Herald was critical of settler's failure to appreciate the danger and to only venture beyond the town limits in force. [1][2]



In Honoured Memory Of

Pvt Henry Crann

Taranaki Volunteers

Who was killed by hostile Maoris. Aug 1860

Erected by N.Z. Govt


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