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Vincent Stephen Hattaway

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Trooper Vincent Hattaway - 4th Contingent NZ Rough Riders , prior to leaving for the Boer War 1900 on his own horse taken to South Africa. Photo taken at the Cascade Family Home, Howick. Image kindly provided by Joy Stafford (January 2021).

Trooper Vincent Hattaway - 4th Contingent NZ Rough Riders , prior to leaving for the Boer War 1900 o …

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Vincent Stephen AWMM
  • Surname
    Hattaway AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    South African 1439 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    • 27 February 1880 Noel Smith Research Project
    • 27 February 1880 Public Source
  • Date of birth
    27.2.1880 Public - joy - Direct descendant - 19 April 2017 - Family papers
  • Place of birth
    Howick Auckland Public - joy - Direct descendant - 19 April 2017 - Family papers
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Cascades Farm
    Howick
    Auckland Public - joy - Direct descendant - 19 April 2017 - Family papers
  • Post war occupation
    Operated a Freight Carrier Business ( horse & cart) and General Store/Boarding house/Hotel (known as Public - joy - Direct descendant - 19 April 2017 - Family papers
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Captain Robert & Maria Hattaway
    Cascades Farm
    Howick
    Auckland Public - joy - Direct descendant - 19 April 2017 - Family papers
  • Relationship status
    • single Public - joy - Direct descendant - 19 April 2017 - Family papers
    • Married to Mereana Tangata Public - Judith Shirley - Direct descendant - 19 March 2019 - family sources

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    South African 1439 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    South Africa Farmer/Civilian Ministry for Culture and Heritage
    ManukauSouth Auckland Ministry for Culture and Heritage
  • Occupation before enlistment
    Farmer Public - joy - Direct descendant - 19 April 2017 - Family papers
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Father was named Robert Hattaway. AWMM
    • Vincent Hattway was born at the Cascade Farm homestead at Howick, Auckland on 27th February 1880. He was the youngest child of Captain Robert and Maria (nee O”Leary) Hattaway.
      Vincent grew up in Howick surrounded by his family of thirteen siblings.

      At twenty years of age he served in the war in South Africa as Trooper 1439, No 8 Company, 4th NZ (Rough Riders) Contingent. The 4th NZ Contingent was one of ten Contingents of NZ volunteers for service during the Second Boar War.

      The Third and Fourth Contingent were known as the Rough Riders because they comprised of both good horsemen and marksmen. These contingents were financed by Christchurch and Dunedin citizens. The Fourth Contingent departed Lyttleton Harbour on S.S Gymeric on 31st March 1900 with four hundred horses on board arrived at Beira in Portuguese East Africa ( Mozambique ). The contingent was sectioned to form battery units and congestion on the railway linking Beira with Rhodesia meant spending much time at camps where malaria and dysentery were rife.
      It took more that two months making an arduous journey by rail and on horse back to reach the front line.
      Between August 1900 and May 1901 they fought many skirmishes and conducted a series of arduous marches during operations against Boar commandos in the western Transvaal. Their most significant action was to seize an artillery unit and a supply column on the 24th March 1901. Also the capture of 135 Boar soldiers under General Koos de la Rey.
      The NZer's who served in the South African War had to endure the stress of combat and harsh climate and landscape where much of the conflict took place in the open uplands with extreme contrasts in temperatures. To preserve their horses they often switched between riding and leading their horses on foot, traveling light, their success relied upon mobility so soldiers carried only limited supplies of water and rations which allowed mounted troops to cover 30 km a day.
      The fourth Contingent left South Africa, sadly minus their horses in the S.S.Tagus in June 1901.
      Vincent's War Service medal during the reign of Queen Victoria (Queen Victoria died 22nd January 1901) has four clasps to signify the campaign he was involved in - Cape Colony; Transvaal ; Rhodesia ; South Africa 1901.

      Vincent was introduced to his future wife Mereana Tangata (from the Far North) by his sister Emma – both were nurses at Auckland Hospital.
      Vincent and Mereana married and settled in Te Kuiti and had six children; Leonard, Emme and Marion (twins); Kathleen, Alfred and Barbara.
      Vincent operated a Freight Carrier Business using the horse and cart with his brother Fred. Vincent helped build the first hotel/boarding house/general store (Temperance Hotel) in Pio Pio, in partnership with his brothers.
      At the age of 31, Vincent had a serious accident when he was thrown off his horse causing damage to his spine, leaving him permanently disabled, needing the aid of crutches to help him walk. Tragedy struck again when the family home was burnt to the ground in the early 1920s leaving the family homeless and to became separated as they went to live with various uncles, aunts and cousins.
      Mereana died in 1929.

      Vincent lived his final years in the Ranfurly Veteran Home & Hospital, Auckland that specialized in the care for Returned Soldiers. He died here at the age of 63 in 1943 before his youngest son Alfred had returned from service in the Second World War. Public - Joy - Direct descendant - 22 April 2017 - Military files & Family information
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    13 August 1943 Noel Smith Research Project
    Age 64 AWMM
  • Date of death
    13.8.1943 Public - Joy - Direct descendant - 19 April 2017 - Family papers
  • Age at death
    63 years Public - Joy - Direct descendant - 19 April 2017 - Family papers
  • Place of death
    Ranfurly Veteran Home & Hospital
    Auckland Public - Joy - Direct descendant - 19 April 2017 - Family papers
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Howick Cemetery AWMM
  • Cemetery name
    All Saints Church
    Howick
    Auckland Public - Joy - Direct descendant - 19 April 2017 - Family papers
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  • Obituary
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Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

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19 March 2019Judith ShirleyAuckland New ZealandDirect descendant
22 April 2017joyKaitaia NZDirect descendant

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