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Cambridge Cavalry Volunteers

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 The population had nearly doubled but the equivalent of more members was not forthcoming and the Government had repealed the Volunteers Land Act.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

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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