The New Zealand Medal

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThe New Zealand Medal was a campaign medal awarded to Imperial and Colonial troops in the New Zealand Wars of 1845–47 (and for 1848) and 1860–66.

The New Zealand Wars were previously known as the Maori Wars, Anglo-Maori Wars or Land Wars. The medal was authorised in 1869.
The Imperial forces included British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Marines. The Colonial militia were recruited locally or in Australia, and included mobile forces like Von Tempskys Forest Rangers and the Arawa Flying Column from a Māori tribe for the guerilla war in the New Zealand bush. Colonial militia claimants had to prove that they had been under fire. Claims from colonial forces were closed in 1900 but reopened in 1910 and 1913 in association with land claims for service in the war. Claims were finally closed for Europeans in 1915 and Māori in 1916.

My one is named to 2158 Private. J.W.Wilson of the 65th Foot.

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Light infantry from the 65th Foot, 1860's. Beards, wonderful beards!

Light infantry from the 65th Foot, 1860’s. Beards, wonderful beards!

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5 Responses to “The New Zealand Medal”

  1. Bryce Tonks Says:

    My Father Brian Tonks died recently and we have found a N.Z Maori war medal in his treasures. Has the name R Brooks on it. Please could you shed some light on this find. Unsure why my Father would have this. Thank you

    • It’s hard to say why he would have it. Is Brooks a family surname? If not then it could be a keepsake or memento. Or perhaps he was given it by the owner. Does the medal have a date on the reverse or is it an undated one. Is the name in script or is it stamped in like a WW1 medal?

      • Bryce Tonks. Says:

        Hi Dude the name is stamped on the side it has R Brooks taranaki Mil on it but no dates in the middle any idea of its value as a collectable.Would like to to trace his decendants do you know where i could find any military records from that time.Thanking you Bryce

      • Your man’s name is Robert Brooks. He served as a Private in the Thames Rifle Volunteers (Commissariat Transport Corps). He appears in the Nominal Roll for this medal in June 1876, having served prior to 1866. He enlisted at Taranaki.You could try looking on Rootsweb for likely matches? Value would be between 250 and 500. These undated, militia medals are less collectable than ones to British Regiments.

      • Bryce Tonks Says:

        Thank you so much. Really appreciate it. Bryce

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