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Officers of the Cambridge Cavalry Volunteers

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His Excellency Governor Bowen accepted the services of 34 Cambridge Cavalry Volunteers on 13 January 1872.
Captain Runciman wrote to Major Jackson (the Senior Cavalry Officer at Te Awamutu) requesting that the Cambridge Corps be given the same privileges as Te Awamutu - to be paid for drills and parades. As Militia men they had been paid 4/- for every day they drilled but could not afford to lose both the time and money and enrol in the Cavalry Volunteers.
James Runciman advised that as Cambridge was a frontier settlement it would have a salutary effect to have a strong force of mounted volunteers, for the preservation of peace throughout the whole Waikato as the force could be rapidly moved from place to place.

All members provided their own horse, saddlery and clothing and were armed with carbines, revolvers and swords. They were called out to drill twice each year for a period of six days each time and occasional field days were held with neighbouring troops.
Troops were formed in Cambridge, Hamilton and Te Awamutu and these proved their worth when Te Kooti was in the area and during the scare following the murder of Timothy Sullivan in 1873. On this occasion every member who was within 20 miles assembled at the rendezvous before noon the next day. Their great value was in the confidence given to settlers and their families and as a deterrent to hostile action.

The first officers of the Cambridge troop were Captain James Runciman as Officer in Charge, Lieutenant Richard Parker, Sub-Lieutenant John Fisher, Troop Sergeant Major Robert Kirkwood, Sergeant George Hally and William McI. Clare, Corporals Jas P Campbell, Robert Fisher and Jared Allwill. Trumpeter was Reuben Parr and Farrier Thos Gemmill.

In 1877 support for the troop was waning, both from the Government and the settlers. The population had nearly doubled but the equivalent of more members was not forthcoming and the Government had repealed the Volunteers Land Act. (An entitlement of £30 worth of land.)
The Government then agreed to pay each volunteer 15/- per every day he attended drill. In 1881 this was reduced to 7/- and the last pay roll is dated May 1882.

The longest serving members were Jared Allwill, John and Robert Fisher, James Forrest, William Howie, Robert Kirkwood and James Runciman.

 

Researched and written by Eris Parker
Ref: Cambridge Museum Archives
National Archives Wellington

 

 

Cambridge Cavalry Volunteers

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

 

A

 

ALLOM

Alfred A F

ALLWILL

Jared

ANDREWS

F

 
   

B

 

BAGG

George

BARTLETT

Harry

BOOTH

George

BOYD

John

BRINDLE

Charles

BROWN

John

BROWNE

Robert Wm

BRUCE

John

BRUCE

R

BRUCE

Thomas

BRUNSKILL

J

BRUNSKILL

Thomas

BRUNSKILL

William S

BRUNTON

Herbert E

BURBRIDGE

W Henry

BUTTLE

Robert N

 
   

C

 

CALLEY

Daniel

CAMP

James T

CAMPBELL

James P

CAMPBELL

John

CLARE

William M

CLUNE

Alex

CONNOR

Robert

CONSTANCE

Edward

COPELAND

John

CRICKETT

Robert

 
   

D

 

DILLON

John

DOUGLAND

Addison

   
   

E

 

EWEN

L Benjamin

 
   

F

 

FERGUSON

Hugh

FERGUSON

John

FISHER

John

FISHER

Robert

FITZGERALD

John

FORREST

Archibald J

FORREST

James

FORREST

R

FRANKLYN

Harry Geo

FREW

James

 
   

G

 

GARLAND

Ben

GARLAND

N E

GEMMILL

Thomas

GERRANS

Thomas

GRACE

H G

GRAHAM

Samuel S

 
   

H

 

HALL

John

HALLY

George

HALLY

John

HANLIN

Michael

HANNON

John

HANNON

Michael

HARP

William G

HEARLEY

B

HEASLIP

Robert H

HEATHER

Stanley

HECTOR

Thomas W

HEWITT

Edward

HICKS

Tobias Wm

HOUGHTON

Robert W

HOWIE

William

 
   

J

 

JOHNSTON

Robert

JONES

David

 
   

K

 

KIRKWOOD

G

KIRKWOOD

Robert

   
   

L

 

LAINGE

J

LAMB

Harry

LAMB

Joseph R

LESLIE

William N

LOOKER

Isaac

 
   

M

 

MacINDOE

 

MacINTOSH

Charles D

MAGUIRE

James

MARSHALL

William

MARTYN

John

MARTYN

William L

MAXWELL

William E

McCABE

Charles M

McCANN

John

McFARLANE

Andrew

McKEARNEY

John

McKEARNEY

Peter

McKINNON

Alexander

McNEISH

James

MEDHURST

John

MEDHURST

William

MELLON

John

MILLAR

John N

MOON

William

MOORE

H Whitehorn

MURDOCH

John

 
   

O

 

O'BRIEN

Charles

O'BRIEN

James

O'BRIEN

John

O'BRIEN

Thomas

O'NEIL

Francis

   
   

P

 

PARKER

Richard

PARR

Reuben

PAUL

Joseph James

PEARSON

Hugh M D

PEARSON

R

 
   

R

 

RANDERSON

J

RANDERSON

William H

REYNOLDS

Henry

REYNOLDS

John

REYNOLDS

Richard

RICKETTS

Frank

RICKETTS

William

ROSE

Charles E S

ROSS

George

RUNCIMAN

James

RUNCIMAN

John

RUNCIMAN

Thomas S

 
   

S

 

SANDERS

F James

SCOTT

James

SECCOMBE

Thomas

SELBY

D William

SHARP

John

SHAW

Charles

SHAW

John

SKELLY

Daniel

SMALE

Fred D R

SMITH

Thomas J

STANLEY

William

STEEL

Henry

STEWART

John

STUART

James

SUFF

Charles

SWAYNE

Robert

 
   

T

 

THOMAS

William A

THOMAS

William F

THOMPSON

James P

TRIGG

W M

TUCKER

Edward

TURNBULL

James

TURNER

Henry J

TURNER

John

TYSON

John

 
   

W

 

WALKER

C O R

WALKER

Edward B

WALKER

T James

WATSON

Robert

WATT

George

WEBBER

James

WEBBER

William

WHITEHOUSE

Alfred H

WHITLA

V

WOOLLY

Collins

WRIGHT

William C

WRIGHT

William P

 
   

 

 

 

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