The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 10, Issue 11 (February 1, 1936)
The Waikato Cavalry
The Waikato Cavalry.
So the Waikato Cavalry Volunteers came into being, consisting of two troops, one based on Te Awamutu and the other on Cambridge, and by common consent Major Jackson commanded the whole force, besides captaining the Te Awamutu troop (in which my father and his neighbour Andrew Kay, of Orakau, were the lieutenants). Captain James Runciman commanded the Cambridge troop. That was the beginning of a smart and efficient frontier corps of settlers and their sons, well-mounted and armed with Snider carbines, revolvers and swords. More than once the corps was called out for field service, though the alarms never developed into fighting; there was no doubt that the sight of these active soldier-settlers moving about the country, and also the Armed Constabulary posts along the border, prevented any Kingite plans of raid and reconquest being carried into effect.
Jackson commanded the force for many years, until the firm establishment of peace in the middle ‘Eighties.
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