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James Dromgool

Mauku New Zealand Wars Memorial (photo Paul F. Baker 2009) - No known copyright restrictions
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    James AWMM
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    Dromgool AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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    • The memorial names colonial militia and civilians who are thought to be buried in Mauku Historical Cemetery. AWMM
    • James was born in 1843 in County Louth, Leinster, Ireland. His parents were John Dromgool and Susan nee Savage. James's parents were original settlers in Tuakau and Dromgool Rd still exits as at 2018 in Tuakau. Other members of James's New Zealand Dromgool family served in various wars.

      James was aged 19 or 20 years of age when he was shot and killed during an ambush, by Maori soldiers while serving as a Rifle man for the Mauku Rangers. Note: Mauku is located between Pukekohe and Waiuku. The word UKU means white clay (used as soap for washing). Waiuku is white clay by the water. MAUKU means creaping native ferns with fronds.

      There was a mix up when James's body was returned to his family, the wrong body of a injured solder was sent instead. James's body was sent to Onehunga. He is buried in the historical Mauku Cemetery.

      November 5.
      An inquest was held today on the body of James Dromgool, when the usual verdict was, I apprehend, brought in. Colonel Chapman sent up an "ambulance for the body, which is to be removed to Onehunga for interment [burial] but by some strange blunder on the part of some one in command at Mauku, a wounded man was put into the ambulance and sent to Drury.

      Mr. [John] Dromgool, the father of the young man who was killed, was thus put in a singular position, and had it not been owing to the kindness of a Bottler, he would have been greatly inconvenienced. The convoy proceeded to the front this morning.

      Newspaper article of a Mautu Bush Rangers memories of the fight in which James Dromgool lost his life. THE TI TI FIGHT. 13 MAY 1929

      .... This was in the month of June 1863. The regiment shortly after went into camp at Drury. While it was there news came down of the enemy being in the Mauku district.
      Two men of the Forest Rifles, James Bromgool and Felix McGuire, were fired on when catching their horses in ambush clearing, preparatory to carrying dispatches to Drury. Dromgool was killed, but McGuire escaped and lived to become a member of Parliament for Taranaki. Public - Gina - Other relative - 13 April 2018 - family resources, paperspast newspaper articles. Website Caseynewzealand through link via
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About death

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    Sep 1863 AWMM
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    Mauku Historical Cemetery (Maori War and Pioneers Cemetery or Lower Mauku Cemetery), Glenbrook Road, Mauku, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
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    Mauku New Zealand Wars Memorial, Mauku Historical Cemetery (Lower Mauku Cemetery), Glenbrook Road, Mauku, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM

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13 April 2018GinaAucklandOther relative
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