Harry Rowland AWMM
Also known as
- South African 1465 AWMM
- South African 611 AWMM
Date of birth
Place of birth
Address before enlistment
Pre 1900 AWMM Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
Post war occupation
Next of kin on embarkation
Mr Albert Potter, Albert Avenue, Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
Pre 31 March 1900 AWMM Single AWMM
POW liberation details
POW serial number
Husband of Mary Elizabeth nee Gabb. Father of Ema Mary; Joan Alberta, and Dorothy Gwendolyn
5th Contingent in South Africa: Arrival South Africa. Volunteers from No 11 Company (Auckland) became 1st NZ Battery, Rhodesian Field Artillery. Rest of contingent were re-organised into A, B, C & D Squadrons in South Africa. C Squadron split from the rest & joined the Kimberley flying column, based in Kimberley. A, B & D Squadrons joined the 2nd Brigade Rhodesian Field Force on 14/8/1900.
Movements: Ottoshoop 16-20/8/1900 [action] en route to Zeerust
Movements: Kaffir Kraal 24/10/1900 [action]
Movements: Venetersdoorp : 28/12/1900 - 23/1/1901
Movements: Cyferfontein : Jan 1901-6/3/1901
Movements: Wildfontein 24/3/1901 [action]
Member of the The Zeerust Cup Match, won by the “Right Section New Zealand Battery” in May 1901 while on active service in South Africa, was possibly New Zealand’s first representative rugby league match. A letter presented with the trophy noted that it was a token of friendship intended to remind the team of the happy days passed amongst the Zeerust folks.
The Zeerust Cup, a silver cup, is held by the Auckland War Memorial Museum and was loaned to the Rugby Museum, Palmerston North c2011.
Transferred in South Africa as Captain in 7 Contingent Staff
New Zealand Permanent Forces since 1905
Commandant Main Body Camp, Awapuni August 1914
Camp Commandant Trentham September 1914, 20 March 1917
Awarded the CMG in 1917
New Zealand Staff Corps, rank Colonel (Temporary Brigadier); Officer Commanding the Northern Command January 1919
Commander Northern Military District February 1921
Transferred to Reserve of Officers Class 1(a) October 1930
Retired from list 1936.
His service record notes a "Indian Durbar medal" In 1911 a Delhi Durbar medal was issued to commemorate King George V's Coronation Durbar celebration in British India, December 1911. Potter was training in India during this time.
Photo: Te Awamutu Museum ref: 516 / R23:5 of the 1st New Zealand 15-pounder Field Artillery Football Team, 1902 AWMM
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- Stowers, R. (2002). Rough Riders at War: history of New Zealand's involvement in the Anglo-Boer war 1899-1902 and information on all members of the ten New Zealand contingents. Author: Hamilton, N.Z. AWMM
- Hall, D.O.W. (c1949). The New Zealanders in South Africa 1899-1902. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs. AWMM
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