Colonel Greer’s notes from the Te Ranga Battlefield

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Colonel Greer’s notes from the Te Ranga Battlefield

Postby Rural53 » 08 Feb 2015 07:44

In January 2015 Mike Dottridge, a descendant of Henry Harpur Greer (1821-1886), donated Greer's original notes to his wife Agnes to Tauranga City Libraries. The notes were written in 1864 from the Te Ranga battlefield.

Before the battle at Te Ranga on 21 June 1864, Colonel Henry Harpur Greer took the time to scrawl a quick note to his wife Agnes. On a ‘cash account’ page torn out of a small diary, he wrote – hastily and in pencil – ‘Dear Agnes we have / got a lot of Maoris / out here in pah & Im [sic] / hammering away / at them, I hope we / shall get them out / before night, I have / sent in for[?] more / guns. don’t be the / least alarmed. / yrs HHGreer / God bless us.’

And when the battle was over and he had survived, he wrote her another note, on another page from the diary. ‘Dear Agnes we / have taken the / pah & killed heaps of / Maoris, our men / are in hot pursuit / not many of our / people hit / yrs HHG / Thank God’. for images of the pages.
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