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Henry William Northcroft

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Gravestone, Purewa Cemetery (photo Paul Baker 2008) - No known copyright restrictions

Gravestone, Purewa Cemetery (photo Paul Baker 2008) - No known copyright restrictions

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Henry William AWMM
  • Surname
    Northcroft AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    • EssexEngland Auckland Star, 1923, p.6
    • 28 August 1844 Public Source
  • Date of birth
    28 August 1844 Public - Phoebe - Other relative - 24 April 2019 - England and Wales Free BMD Birth Index 1837-1915
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Orakau (31 March 1864) AWMM
    • 1866 McDonnell's Taranaki Campaign (1866) AWMM
    • 1868-1869 Titokowaru's War, 1868-1869 AWMM
    • Ururewa Expedition AWMM
    • Taupo Campaign AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Militia AWMM
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  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • New Zealand Cross (NZC) AWMM
      Citation for NZC: Capt. Northcroft was awarded the NZC in the early 1900's (Cowan states "some forty years after the events in which he earned it") for deeds performed during the attacks on Pungarehu and Tirotiro-moana, Taranaki in October and November of 1866. At Pungarehu, he "rescued Sergeant-Major Duff, who was mortally wounded and helpless, from the enemy; also at the attack upon Tirotiro-moana, in November of the same year, Mr. Northcroft , being on that occasion in front in the bush with Private Economedes, was met by the enemy, who fired and killed the latter. Mr. Northcroft held his ground until assistance came up, preventing mutilation of the body and the capture of carbine and revolver, besides a considerable sum of money the man had on his person." (Lieut.-Colonel McDonnell as quoted by Cowan, p. 149n) AWMM
    • New Zealand Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
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Embarkations

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  • Embarkation details
    New Zealand Wars

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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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Born in England, he came as a child aged 6 with his parents William Northcroft a surveyor and Margaret Mary (nee Young) Northcroft.
      He did not embark from New Zealand.

      Husband of Margaret Northcroft.



      During the New Zealand Wars he was recommended for a Victoria Cross but this was not approved at the time as it was considered not for colonial troops. he was awarded the New Zealand Cross

      His rank is listed as Captain in the Auckland Star references but is referred to as Sub- Inspector in Stowers' book.

      Henry was Resident Magistrate of the Waikato District from 1877, Stipendiary Magistrate at Auckland 1892, and he was appointed Chief Justice and Resident Commissioner of the Cook Islands in 1912. (Stowers, pp. 22,160)

      In 1880 at age 35 he married at Kihikihi, Margaret Henderson aged 40 and they had 2 sons and 2 daughters.

      His son Harry Cuthbert Northcroft (13/110) was killed at Gallipoli. His grandson Henry William Northcroft (65423) served with the 28 Maori Battalion in WW2.

      He died at his residence Rangatira, 571 Manukau Road, Epsom, Auckland. The funeral service was held at his home at 1am Wednesday 12 December 1923 with the Reverend Waikino of the Anglican church officiating.

      His name appears on the 'Northcroft Window' in St Andrew's Church in Epsom, Auckland, a stained glass window based on the painting 'The Great Sacrifice' by British Artist James Clark. The window also records the deaths of his son Henry Cuthbert, daughter Ruth, and Grandson Harry Cuthbert Wynyard.

      His New Zealand Cross and New Zealand Medal are held by the Te Awamutu District Museum.

      Henry was Resident Magistrate of the Waikato District from 1877, Stipendiary Magistrate at Auckland 1892, and he was appointed Chief Justice and Resident Commissioner of the Cook Islands in 1912. (Stowers, pp. 22,160) AWMM
    • Martha Mary( nee Young) was his mother's name, not Margaret Mary Public - Phoebe - Other relative - 24 April 2019 - Marriage record of William Northcroft and Martha Mary Young 29 June 1839 St Giles, Camberwell, England.They emigrated to New Plymouth in 1850/51 with children-Ruth, Annie, Henry William,Jessie and George Andrew. Leonard and Ernest were born in NZ.
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    10 December 1923 Auckland Star, 1923, p.6
    Age 79 AWMM
    EpsomAuckland Auckland Star, 1923, p.6
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium, Meadowbank, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Block D Row 17 Plot 115 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
    Obituary: Auckland Star, 12 December 1923, p. 6 Col. 8 AWMM
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Memorials

Memorial

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    Memorial Plaque, St Andrew's Church, Epsom AWMM

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Sources

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  • References
    • Stowers, R. (2010). The New Zealand Medal to colonials : detailed medal rolls of officers and men in colonial units who received the New Zealand Medal for service in the New Zealand Wars 1845-1872. Hamilton, N.Z.: Author. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Military Service Record AWMM
    • Auckland Star AWMM
      Obituary: Auckland Star, 12 December 1923, p. 6 Col. 8 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Volume LXI, Issue 18801, 30 August 1924, Page 10 AWMM
    • New Zealand Gazette AWMM
      No. 67, 7 July 1910 AWMM
    • The Auckland Star AWMM
      Volume XXII, Issue 108, 4 November 1881, Page 2, AWMM
    • The Evening Post AWMM
      Volume XXII, Issue 108, 4 November 1881, Page 2 AWMM

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