National Army Museum, Waiouru, New Zealand : Military History & Army War Museum

NZ Military Artefacts – Booth’s Sash

Booth’s Sash (The Battle of Gate Pa)

NZ Military Artefacts - Booth's SashThis remarkable red woven sash was worn by Lieutenant Colonel H.G.P. Booth of the 43rd (Monmouthshire) Light Infantry, known as the “Wolfe’s Own”.

Lt Col Booth commanded the 43rd Regiment and led part of the ‘storming party’ during the attack on Gate Pa, 29 April 1864.

Leading a group of men, Booth smashed through the top rail of the palisade fence and jumped over the trench, sword in hand. At this point, a number of Maori left their trenches and encountered Booth and others in heavy hand-to-hand fighting.

Booth was mortally wounded (he died later in a field hospital) with injuries to the neck and spine. However as he lay wounded and darkness fell, a Maori woman, by the name of Heni te Kirikaramu, crawled to his aide, still under rifle fire to provide him with water.

Find out more about The Battle of Gate Pa and The New Zealand Wars in our military display in the Upper Gallery.