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Henry Donald Coutts

Portrait from St Clair Inglis, A. (c1902). Souvenir Album of the first New Zealand Contingent South African War. Auckland, N.Z.: Arthur Cleave & Co. No known copyright restrictions

Portrait from St Clair Inglis, A. (c1902). Souvenir Album of the first New Zealand Contingent South …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Henry Donald AWMM
  • Surname
    Coutts AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • South African 96 AWMM
    • WWI 33022 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Hugh John Clarke Coutts (brother), Te Kuiti, New Zealand AWMM
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Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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Biographical information

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    • Henry Donald Coutts won the Queen's Scarf for conspicuous bravery in South Africa. 'His Majesty the King has decided to award to the four scarf-winners a gold star and clasp, which will equal to the V.C, and carry with it the same distinction.' (St Clair Inglis, p.14)

      Coutts was promoted to Corporal in South Africa and returned to New Zealand towards the end of 1900. He later returned to South Africa as Captain and Quartermaster of the Seventh Contingent.

      An article by Matthew Gray in The Western Leader details the family history of Henry Coutts. It includes the information that the Queen's Scarf given to Coutts is held in the National Army Museum, Waiouru. AWMM
    • 23 Aug 1900 - A NEW ZEALAND HERO.
      HOW TROOPER COUTTS WON THE QUEEN'S SCARF. Wellington, this day. Trooper Harry Donald Coutts, of the First Contingent, mentioned yesterday as one of the recipients of one of the Queen's scarves awarded for conspicuous bravery, is a farmer from Ngaire district, Taranaki, and bore himself with special gallantry in the Koornspruit ambush on the 31st March last. While galloping away under a heavy rifle fire he met, a un-commissioned officer of the Burmese Mounted Infantry, who had been shot through the body. Noting his plight, Coutts, with the assistance of another New Zealander, managed to get the wounded man in front of him, and as the non-com, sank into semi-consciousness, Coutts started off, and managed to convey him to a house near Bushman's Kop, where he was handed over to the officer in charge of the ambulance. The man, whose name was Edgar, rallied after Coutts had carried him half the distance, and then lapsed into an unconscious state, so that the New Zealander had not only to hold his companion in the saddle but also to support his whole weight. Edgar stated that had the colonial not come to his rescue he must have died on the veldt. It was afterwards stated that Edgar died in hospital. The feat was at the time noted as one of the pluckiest incidents of the campaign. Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 31 July 2015 - Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XXVII, Issue 8930, 23 August 1900, Page 2
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  • Death
    3 April 1944 AWMM
    Age 78 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
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  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Waikumete Cemetery, Glen Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
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  • External links
  • Documents
    • St Clair Inglis, A. (c1902). Souvenir Album of the first New Zealand Contingent South African War. Auckland, N.Z.: Arthur Cleave & Co. AWMM
    • Western Leader AWMM
      Gray, M. 11 September 2012, p. 6 AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 1: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Stowers, R. (2009). Rough riders at war : history of New Zealand's involvement in the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 and information on all members of the 10 New Zealand contingents. Hamilton, N.Z.: R. Stowers. AWMM


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31 July 2015Lorraine MGisborne, NZResearcher
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