The Taranaki Wars - 1860. Officers Report
in the New Zealander 25th May 1861
MAJOR GENERAL PRATT and the TROOPS in NEW ZEALAND
from the Melbourne 'Argus'
Major General PRATT issued the following general order before resigning the
command of the forces in New Zealand:-
"Head Quarters, Camp Waitara
March 30th, 1861
"Commodore Seymour, commanding the Naval Brigade, having intimated to the
major-general, commanding, that in all probability the Naval Brigade will
return to their ships very shortly, the major-general before quitting New
Zealand, has to express his great satisfaction with their services on shore
whilst under his command, which have been most conspicuous on all occasions,
and he has particularly to thank Commodore Seymour for his very cordial
co-operations, and for the gallant and unhesitating manner in which he has
given him very effective assistance whenever it could be of use.
"The major-general must also mention the very efficient service rendered by
Lieutenant Batiscombe, of her Majesty's ship Pelorus, not only with the
Naval Brigade, but also while employed as assistant in the Royal Engineer
department. Midshipmen Hotham and Wadlow, whilst employed with the heavy
guns on shore, had also an opportunity of showing their gallantry and good
service. And the major-general must add his high opinion of the services of
the Royal Marine Artillery and Royal Marines under Lieutenant Morris, Royal
"Her Majesty having decided that the command of the troops in New Zealand
shall be separated from that of the Australian colonies, and that
Lieutenant-General Duncan E Cameron, C.B., shall assume the command of the
forces in that colony, all reports will be made to Lieutenant-General
Cameron, C.B., from this date.
"In relinquishing the command of the forces in New Zealand, the
major-general feels it due to the troops who have served under him so
gallantly and so energetically, and with such continuous success as to have
produced a cessation of hostilities, and the probability of a permanent
peace, to thank them, of all arms, for their arduous labours and the
unremitting cheerfulness with which they have performed them.
"The major-general begs particularly to thank the following officers, whose
services he will bring more prominently forward in his dispatches to the
Commodore Seymour, commanding the naval forces in the Australian colonies.
Colonel Mould, commanding Royal Engineers
Captain Mould, R E
Lieutenant Warburton Batiscombe, R.N., employed in the Royal Engineer
Captain Strover, commanding Royal Artillery, and latterly, for a short
period, Captain Mercer, Royal
Colonel Wyatt, commanding 65th Regiment
Lieutenant-Colonel Leslie, commanding 40th Regiment
Major Nelson, 40th Regt, commanding a detached force at the Waitara for some
Major Logan, commanding detachment 57th Regt
Major Douglas, commanding detachment 14th Regt
Major Hutchins, commanding detachment 12th Regt
Major Herbert, commanding Taranaki Militia
Lieutenant Woods, commanding detachment Naval Brigade, from H.M.C.S.S.
Colonel Sillery, deputy quartermaster-general
Lieutenant-Colonel Carey, deputy adjutant-general
James Mouat Esq, C.B., deputy inspector-general of hospitals
Captain Paul, Major of Brigade
Lieutenant Forster, R.A., aide-de-camp
Lieutenant A King, Militia, aide-de-camp
"The major-general has to regret the loss of many brave officers and
soldiers in this service, but more particularly-
Captain Strange, 65th Regiment;
Lieutenant M'Naughton, R.A.;
Lieutenant Brooke, 40th Regt;
Lieutenant Jackson, 40th,
who nobly fell in the execution of their duty.
(Signed) "R Carey, Lt-Col. D.A. General"