Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Hauraki District Servicemen: South Africa (Boer) War 1899-1902

During the Rugby World Cup there is a trail that will honour the soldiers who served in the South Africa War; in particular WALTER CALLAWAY of Coromandel.

A brochure fully details the trail and the history involved:
"As a young man, Walter worked industriously on the Coromandel as a logger and gold miner. He never lost his Maori identity, which he inherited from his mother, and immersed himself fully into the vibrant sporting and social life of the Coromandel.  The Walter Callaway Trail focuses not only on his life on the Coromandel but tells of his unique experiences while serving for New Zealand in the South African War of 1899-1902. By following Walter’s story you will grasp the complexities and hardships the New Zealanders faced while serving their fledgling nation and the British Empire in South Africa."

The Treasury website has a growing amount of information on the soldiers who served in the war, usually referred to in New Zealand as the Boer War.

If anyone reading this has a photo of any of the men listed, I would love to receive a copy. In conjunction with the website, I am collating hard copies of the information that will be available at The Treasury - along with a copy of the soldier's war file.
Walter Callaway (Wãta Te Wahahuia)

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