THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT
NORTHCROFT Henry William
Captain, Armed Constabulary

CITATION
New Zealand Cross
Gazetted
Captain Northcroft was awarded the NZC in the early 1900's (Cowan states "some forty years after the events in which he earned it") for deeds performed during the attacks on Pungarehu and Tirotiro-moana, Taranaki in October and November of 1866. At Pungarehu, he "rescued Sergeant-Major Duff, who was mortally wounded and helpless, from the enemy; also at the attack upon Tirotiro-moana, in November of the same year, Mr. Northcroft , being on that occasion in front in the bush with Private Economedes, was met by the enemy, who fired and killed the latter. Mr. Northcroft held his ground until assistance came up, preventing mutilation of the body and the capture of carbine and revolver, besides a considerable sum of money the man had on his person.

AWARDS
New Zealand Cross
New Zealand Maori War Medal

NOTES
Born 1844 Chelmsford, Essex, England
Died 10 December 1923 Auckland, New Zealand
Buried Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium, Meadowbank, Auckland (Block D Row 17 Plot 115)

His New Zealand Cross and New Zealand Medal are held by the Te Awamutu District Museum.