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  • Name: John MURRAY
  • D.O.B: 1st Jan, 1831
  • D.O.A: 21st Jun, 1864
  • D.O.D: 7th Apr, 1911
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Sergeant, 68th (Durham) Regiment of Foot (Light Infantry)
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
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Te Ranga, near Tauranga, New Zealand, 21 June 1864

21 June 1864

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The New Zealand Wars 1860–65 

After withdrawing from the Gate Pa, the Maori chief Rawiri and the Ngati Rangi began to construct a fort at Te Ranga, 4 miles to the south. On 21 June 1864 Colonel Greer, with some 600 men of the 43rd and 68th Regiments, came upon them. Though the pa was unfinished, the Maori stood and fought but despite gallant resistance Rawiri was killed and the position captured. The defeat broke the resistance of the Ngati Rangi and in July 1864 they sued for peace.

Citation

 For his distinguished conduct during the engagement at Tauranga, on the 21st of June, when the Enemy’s position was being stormed, in running up to a Rifle Pit containing from eight to ten of the enemy, and without any assistance, killing or wounding every one of them. He is stated to have afterwards proceeded up the works, fighting desperately, and still continuing to bayonet the Enemy. 

The London Gazette of 4 November 1864, Numb. 22908, p. 5187

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