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Rutland soldiers remembered on memorial in New Zealand




A ceremony has taken place to mark the 175th anniversary of a battle involving the historic 58th Rutlandshire Regiment of Foot.

The Battle of Te Ruapekapeka took place in New Zealand in 1846 and saw Maori tribesman fight with and against the British Army.

The unveiling of a new memorial last month was attended by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the British High Commissioner.

Nick Gordge, the regimental representative, flanked by two members of the 58th
Nick Gordge, the regimental representative, flanked by two members of the 58th

The names of two soldiers of the 58th are inscribed on the memorial.

Major (Retired) Tim Brown, works at Cottesmore as the 2nd Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment's civil representative. The 58th Rutlandshire Regiment of Foot became part of the 2nd Battalion Royal Anglian.

Tim worked with the British High Commission in New Zealand to arrange the event, and said: "The reason it bore such significance is that Maori tribesman fought both with and against the British in the Northern Wars of the 1840s, and those loyal to the Crown were rewarded with gifts of land, gifts which to this day have been the cause of much unrest. For this reason the commemoration was an opportunity to heal these rifts, and for reconciliation."



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