A Virtual Cemetery created by Terry Love

65th in New Zealand

The 65th Regiment had the distinction of being the longest serving British infantry regiment serving in New Zealand, stationed here from 1846 to 1865.The regiment's official nickname was the "Royal Tigers", earned from their service in India, and the regimental badge. The Maori called the regiment the "hickety pips" after the Maori pronunciation of 65th -"hikete piwhete".“The men of the 65th who paraded were shaggy, bearded giants, roughly clad, with their arms in excellent order.”“The 65th man was a breezy, brawny giant, who moved about in loose clothes, open, chatty, and good-natured. He got blazing drunk whenever the opportunity offered, took his punishment as if it were a cup of coffee, was a perfectly wholesome child of nature, who laughed and shook hands with every one he met. He was perfectly respectful to his officer, saluted him reverently with a twinkle in his eye, as though he would say “How goes it, Charley?”“Their appearance is very different from that of the men belonging to others recently arrived. They are grave, serious, thoughtful men, with bronzed faces and flowing beards - living proofs of the healthiness of the climate. They are all in good condition, and occupy one fourth more space on the parade-ground than any other regiment here.”

12 memorials

Advertisement