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John Walter Callaway

3/4 length portrait of Trooper Callaway wearing a Maori cloak and holding a mere. Trooper Callaway, of the N.Z. Contingent, author of the Maori battle cry. 'Kia kaha Niu Tireni. Whawhai maiea mo to Kuini to Kaianga. Ake Ake Ake!' [Be strong, New Zealand. Fight bravely for your Queen, for your country. Ever, Ever, Ever!] Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-18991222-5-3. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

3/4 length portrait of Trooper Callaway wearing a Maori cloak and holding a mere. Trooper Callaway, …


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    John Walter AWMM
  • Ingoa whānau
    Callaway AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Ingoa kārangaranga
    • Walter John Calloway AWMM
    • Wally AWMM
    • Cal AWMM
    • Wata Te Wahahuia AWMM
    • Walter Galloway AWMM
  • Nama hōia
    • South African 74 AWMM
    • South African 363 AWMM
    • South African SA363 AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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  • Pono
    Church of England Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 4 February 2016 - Military record

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    1874 AWMM New Zealand AWMM
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    Pre 3 Paengawhāwhā 1901 AWMM Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Mahi whai muri i te pakanga
  • Uri kiritahi i te wā o te ekenga waka
    Mr John Calloway (father), Kikowhakarere, Coromandel, New Zealand AWMM
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    • 24 May 1900-31 Haratua 1902 Transvaal AWMM
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    Army AWMM
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    • South African 363 AWMM
    • South African SA363 AWMM
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    Coromandel Rifles (Volunteers) AWMM
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    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, South Africa AWMM
      Bullet wound July 21 1901. Hospitalised 1 month. He required invaliding at end of period. Suffered a punctured liver and wounded in the lungs. AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, South Africa AWMM
      Small pox 1902 AWMM
    • Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM
      From wounds received in the Boer War AWMM

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  • Husband Lillian Emma Robinson, they married 2 July 1907.

    While en route to South Africa Private Callaway, a Maori, composed the New Zealanders' War Cry, "Kia, Kaha, Nui Tireni. Whaiwhai maiea mo ti kuinui, to Kaianga. Ake!Ake!Ake!".

    Author of the Maori Battle Cry "Splendid scout"

    Calloway was an excellent scout and rode with many despatches at night through the bush veldt. He departed South Africa aboard the S.S. 'Harleck Castle'. In New Zealand joined the 24 Company, 7 NZMR as Sergeant-Major. (Stowers, p.158)

    'He was mentioned by Kitchener in his despatches, "for rescuing mounted men under heavy fire at Witkop." Apparently the 7 NZMR had orders to fire on Boers but Calloway believed then to be Queenslanders and took his squadron to the rescue.' (Stowers, p.158)

    Calloway was wounded at Vereeniging, in July 1901, while rescuing a comrade under fire he received a punctured liver and a wounded lung. He returned to New Zealand for a second time and joined the 9 NZMR, returning to South Africa as Lieutenant. (Stowers, p.158)

    Calloway returned to the Coromandel after the war and received the Imperial Life Pension. He died in 1926 after many years of ill health brought about by the wounds he received during the war.

    'The Veteran' (the official publication of the South African War Veteran's Association of New Zealand), volume No.46, May 1971, which lists the honours and awards to New Zealand Contingents in South Africa, Sergeant-Major W. J. Calloway is listed as receiving the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM). This has also been mentioned in articles in 1st NZMR Association bulletins. (Stowers, p.158)

    Known as Walter.

    Headstone transcription: there is no death and love can never lose its own.

    Boer War display in Auckland Museum "Kia Kaha Niu Tireni" (a reproduction of battle cry) and a photo of J.W. Callaway in feather cloak holding a mere.

    His story was also told in an exhibition at the old Courthouse, Coromandel Town and will then be displayed in the Biran Boru Hotel building in Thames. AWMM
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    16 Mahuru 1926 AWMM
    Age 52 AWMM
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  • Tuhipoka mō te matenga
  • Urupā
    O'Neill's Point Cemetery, 122 Bayswater Avenue, Bayswater, North Shore, Auckland AWMM Row 1 Plot 141 AWMM
  • Ingoa o te urupā
  • Tohutoro kōhatu urupā
  • Pānui Matenga
    John Walter Callaway, formerly a member of the Coromandel Rifles, was probably the 1st Maori commissioned officer in the NZ Defence Forces Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 4 February 2016 - RSA Review October 1999 (Newspaper Supplement)
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Ngā maumaharatanga


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  • Ingoa maumaharatanga
    Devonport, Boer War Memorial Fountain, corner of Victoria Road and Flagstaff Terrace, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM

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