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Robert Hattaway

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  • Service number
    • New Zealand Wars 1990 AWMM
    • No 1990 Public - joy - Direct descendant - 20 April 2021 - Obituary notice, family documents & papers
  • Also known as
  • Armed force / branch
    • Militia AWMM
    • 58th Regiment Public - joy - Direct descendant - 20 April 2021 - Obituary notice, family documents & papers
  • Last rank
  • War
    • New Zealand Wars AWMM
    • New Zealand Wars Public - joy - Direct descendant - 20 April 2021 - Obituary notice, family documents & papers
Photo taken of Robert Hattaway in later life. He was a soldier of the 58th Regiment. His narrative diaries provides details and insight to the battles at Ohaeawai and Ruapekapeka where he fought. Robert is also the author of 'Reminiscences of the Northern War'. Howick Historical Village, 2018.364.01.

Photo taken of Robert Hattaway in later life. He was a soldier of the 58th Regiment. His narrative d …

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Robert AWMM
  • Surname
    Hattaway AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • New Zealand Wars 1990 AWMM
    • No 1990 Public - joy - Direct descendant - 20 April 2021 - Obituary notice, family documents & papers
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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  • Hapū
  • Waka
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    • 29 March 1826 AWMM KentEngland AWMM
    • 29 March 1826 Public Source
  • Date of birth
    29/03/1826 Public - Joy - Direct descendant - 20 April 2021 - Family documents & papers
  • Place of birth
    Headcorn, Kent, England Public - Joy - Direct descendant - 20 April 2021 - Family documents & papers
  • Birth notes
    third child of twelve children Public - Joy - Direct descendant - 20 April 2021 - Family documents & papers
  • Address before enlistment
    Headcorn, Kent, England Public - Joy - Direct descendant - 20 April 2021 - Family documents & papers
  • Post war occupation
    Storekeeper and Farmer Public - Joy - Direct descendant - 20 April 2021 - Family documents & papers
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    William & Mary Hadaway Public - Joy - Direct descendant - 20 April 2021 - Family documents & papers
  • Relationship status
    Single serviceman
    Married 25/07/1851 to Maria O'Leary Public - Joy - Direct descendant - 20 April 2021 - Family documents & papers

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    • New Zealand Wars AWMM
    • New Zealand Wars Public - joy - Direct descendant - 20 April 2021 - Obituary notice, family documents & papers
  • Campaign
    Northern War 1845-46. Taranaki 1860. Waikato 1863. Public - joy - Direct descendant - 20 April 2021 - Obituary notice, family documents & papers
  • Armed force / branch
    • Militia AWMM
    • 58th Regiment Public - joy - Direct descendant - 20 April 2021 - Obituary notice, family documents & papers
  • Service number
    • New Zealand Wars 1990 AWMM
    • No 1990 Public - joy - Direct descendant - 20 April 2021 - Obituary notice, family documents & papers
  • Military service
    • Auckland Militia AWMM
    • Ohaeawai battle; Ruapekapeke Pa; Taranaki; Waikato war; Wairoa South Public - joy - Direct descendant - 20 April 2021 - Obituary notice, family documents & papers
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers
    Colour-Sergeant 1846. Lieutenant 1860. Captain 1863 Public - joy - Direct descendant - 20 April 2021 - Obituary notice, family documents & papers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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    • New Zealand Wars Labourer/Civilian AWMM
    • Chatham Public - joy - Direct descendant - 20 April 2021 - family papers & documents
  • Occupation before enlistment
    fruit farming, bookkeeping, accountancy Public - joy - Direct descendant - 20 April 2021 - family papers & documents
  • Age on enlistment
    18 years Public - joy - Direct descendant - 20 April 2021 - family papers & documents

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Prisoner of war

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Recollections of the Northern War by Robert Hattaway held by the Auckland Libraries. AWMM
    • Robert Hattaway was born in Headcorn, a small village in Kent, England on 29 March 1826, the third child of twelve children of William Hadaway and Mary Busain. Robert attended Headcorn village church school and a boarding school in Maidstone. He enlisted with H.M 58th Regiment in Chatham which sailed for Botany Bay in N.S.W, Australia taking prisoners from England. He was stationed at Paramatta. At the time, across the Tasman, the British colony of New Zealand after signing the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, were experiencing unrest. The northern iwi-tribes could see breaches in the treaty and began a protest when Lieutenant-Governor Hobson on 11.3.1845 decided to move the Capital from prosperous Kororareka-Russell township in the Bay of Islands to Auckland. There was a call for reinforcements from N.S.W, orders were sent for two companies of the 58th Regiment to sail for New Zealand. The troops embarked onto the H.M’s North Star, a twenty-eight-gun frigate that departed Sydney harbour 11.3.1845 on a fourteen-day voyage to Auckland. It was also the day of the Ngapuhi assault and ransacking of Kororareka-Russell, in the Bay of Islands. When the H.M North Star arrived, the troops of the 58th Regiment, the first to arrive in the colony disembarked at Mechanics Bay on the Waitemata harbour, 25.3.1845. It was a significant day for Robert Hattaway, being four days before his 19th birthday (he never returned to England.) They sailed to the Bay of Islands in May 1845 and set off from the Kerikeri River and began a tedious march toward Okaihau Pa where the Maori warriors, inside, were completely protected by palisades. After the battle on 8.5.1845, the warriors moved to Ohaeawai Pa, the strongest pa the British troops ever had to contend against. It was perfectly constructed for defence against musketry and ordinary guns. Colonel Despard assumed command of the whole force amounting to over 500 men. It was June 1845 and a very wet winter. The journey through rain and mud to Ohaeawai Pa was challenging. They set up camp nearby and had a miserable time; hungry, drenched and cold with lack of food, provisions and resources. This circumstance did not change for the better throughout this campaign, a disastrous time with errors of judgement made, causing the deaths and wounding of many soldiers. After the storming of Ohaeawai Pa on 1.7.1845, the troops recovered at Waimate Mission station for three months. Robert received a promotion of rank due to vacancies caused by the loss of sergeants after the July storming of Ohaeawai Pa. The troops returned to Kororareka, after moving to Kawakawa in November when receiving news that the Maori warriors moved into the a dense forest at Ruapekapeka Pa. Colonel Wynyard assumed the command, with the force increased in numbers and no shortage of provisions, they set up camp near Ruapekapeka Pa. The conflict with the Maori warriors continued through December 1845 to January 1846 where peace reigned, in the northern part of the province. During the troop's departure back to the coast Robert Hattaway badly injured his foot which required medical attention in Auckland. After the Northern War he reached the rank of colour-sergeant. In July 1851 he married Maria O’Leary and served at Wahapu, in addition to his military duties, acted as clerk to the Court house at Kororareka (Russell) and assisted with the account books for captains of whaling and sealing ships. Robert and Maria’s first child, Robert, was born in 1852. (Robert’s birth would be the first of 17). He took his discharge in 1856 and moved to Howick as a storekeeper under the Military Settlement Regulations. In 1860 he was again on active service in Taranaki and received a lieutenant’s commission. In 1863 he was gazetted Captain. After serving in the Waikato and Wairoa South war he took retirement in 1866; farming sheep, planting fruit orchards, gardens and wheat. Robert Hattaway, died 21.12.1904 aged 78 years. His grave is at All Saints Church, Howick. Public - joy - Direct descendant - 24 April 2021 - Robert Hattaway diaries / family papers/documents. Military information
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Death

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  • Death
    21 December 1904 AWMM
  • Date of death
    21 December 1904 Public - joy - Direct descendant - 20 April 2021 - Death certificate
  • Age at death
    78 Public - joy - Direct descendant - 20 April 2021 - Death certificate
  • Place of death
    Arawa Street, Auckland Public - joy - Direct descendant - 20 April 2021 - Death certificate
  • Cause of death
    Angina Pectoris Public - joy - Direct descendant - 20 April 2021 - Death certificate
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    All Saints Church Anglican Churchyard Corner Cook Street and Selwyn Road Howick Manukau Auckland New Zealand AWMM
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Sources

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  • Documents
    • Hughes, H & Hughes, L. (1998). Discharged in New Zealand: Soldiers of the Imperial Foot Regiments who took their discharge in New Zealand 1840-1870. The New Zealand Society of Genealogists. Auckland : New Zealand. AWMM
    • New Zealand Militia, Volunteers and Armed Constabulary 1863 to 1871 - Auckland Libraries AWMM

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