Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, W1437
Deane Harding double action five shot revolver that belonged to Ensign Edward McKenna VC, 65th Regiment
Ensign Edward McKenna, 65th Regiment
Born in Leeds, 15 February 1827, Edward McKenna enlisted with the 65th Regiment in 1854. He served in Australia and New Zealand and was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery during an incident that occurred near Cameron Town on 7 September 1863. He was a Colour-Sergeant at the time and was subsequently promoted as an Ensign.
"On 7 September 1863 near Camerontown, New Zealand, after both his officers had been shot, Colour-Sergeant McKenna, with a small force, heavily outnumbered by the enemy, charged through their position with the loss of one man killed and one missing. The colour-sergeant's coolness and intrepidity amply justified the confidence placed in him by the soldiers brought so suddenly under his command."
While in New Zealand Edward McKenna married Elizabeth (Lizzie) Gordon, also of the 65th Regiment. When the regiment returned to England Edward took his discharge in New Zealand, and took up employment with the Railways Department.He died in Palmerston North on 8 June 1908
New Zealand Wars
1 January 1863 to 31 December 1863
- .1 - revolver › steel
.1 revolver: steel, wood
.2 case: wood, wool baize, brass, metal
- .1 - revolver › wood
- .2 - case › wood
- .2 - case › brass (alloy)
0 - Whole calibre : 11.2mm
(calibre: .440 inch)
Revised Nomenclature for Museum Cataloging (Primary Title)
A Revised and Expanded Version of Robert G. Chenhall's
System for Classifying Man-Made Objects. (Other Title) Robert Chenhall
Nashville/Tennessee/USA (Place of Publication) (nomenclature)
20 May 2003
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