received messages from the redoubtable warrior under the old name of Hiroke. After the massacre of Poverty Bay, in 1868. Mr. Heslop, as a mounted trooper, was sent to the district to assist in the burial of the mutilated bodies of the victims, many of whom had been personally known to him. In April of the following year he took part in the internment of the victims of the Mohaka massacre, as orderly trooper to Major Lambert. Mr. Heslop claims that during his two years of patrol duty he never once missed his drill. Accustomed from boyhood to mix amongst the Maoris, he had little fear of them. He is said to have been the first European to carry the mails between Ressington [Rissington] and Puketapu. Mr. Heslop has always taken a keen interest in politics, and for many years was chairman of Captain (now Sir William) Russell’s Omaranui and Puketapu election committees. He has been a member of the Okawa Road Board, chairman of the Puketapu school committee, is a member of the Hawke’s Bay Racing Committee. Napier Park Racing Club, and was a promoter of the Hawke’s Bay Farmers’ Co-operative Association, and the Hawke’s Bay and North British Freezing works. Mr. Heslop has exhibited largely at the agricultural shows of the district, thirty silver medals for cattle, horses, and sheep have been gained by his family in Hawke’s Bay, including first prizes for a short-horn bull and short-horn cow as far back as 1863, at the first Havelock show. As a judge of sheep at Gisborne, and draught horses at Wanganui, Mr. Heslop has earned a reputation, whilst Mrs. Heslop has carried off a number of dairy prizes. Mr. Heslop married the daughter of Mr. Thomas Waldrom, farmer, of Waipawa, and has three daughters and two sons. His eldest daughter is the wife of Mr. J. S. Bennett, and his eldest son served in the South African war, and gained two medals and clasps.
THE NEW ZEALAND WAR MEDAL 5 G.-No.1.
NOMINAL RETURN of Officers and Men of the Colonial Forces, who have made application for the New Zealand War Medal for services rendered prior to the 31st December, 1866, and whose claims have been admitted by the Commissioner since the publication of his last Report.
[Hawke’s Bay names only transcribed]
Flanagan, John, Private, Napier Militia
Heslop, George, Private, Napier Militia
Heslop, John, Corporal, Waipara Cavalry Volunteers
Helsop, William, Private, Napier Militia
Koch, August, Colour-Sergeant, Napier Rifle Volunteers
O’Dee, Kyran John, Sergeant, Napier Militia
O’Neill, James, Private, Hawke’s Bay Volunteers
Spence, George, Private, Napier Militia
Towsey, William Charles, Private, Napier Volunteers