South African War

From Wairarapa to South Africa

Many young Wairarapa men fought in New Zealand’s first overseas war.

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A very nice young fellow

When the New Zealand troops left for South Africa in October 1899 there was no contingent from Wairarapa.

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A good British subject

During the Boer War all sorts of New Zealand men enrolled.




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John Duckett - Soldier and diarist

Among the soldiers who left Wairarapa to fight in South Africa were many farm–born and raised young men.

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