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Charles Upham is probably New Zealand's most famous soldier. His actions in Crete in 1941 and Egypt in 1942 led to his becoming one of only three people – and the only combat soldier – ever to win the Victoria Cross twice.
Twenty-four New Zealanders were killed in this battle during the South African (Boer) War. A total of 234 New Zealanders died while serving in New Zealand's first overseas war. more...
South African War 1899-1902Guerrilla war: 1901-1902 - NZ in the South African War
The final detachment of the 18th (Royal Irish) Regiment departs from New Zealand, leaving the Armed Constabulary (formed in 1867) responsible for the colony's internal defence. more...
End of the New Zealand Wars
20 May 1941 German paratroops assault Crete
21 May 1840 Hobson proclaims sovereignty over NZ
22 May 1884 First NZ Rugby team in action
23 May 1966 Coronation of first Māori Queen
24 May 1943 Turning point in Battle of the Atlantic
25 May 1861 The Press goes to press
26 May 1879 Parihaka ploughing campaign begins