Able Seaman
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London, United Kingdom
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John Templeton joined the Royal Navy in July 1859 as a Boy 2nd Class. He trained in HM Ships Fisgard and Royal Adelaide. He served on the East Indies and China Station in HM Ships Imperieuse, Furious, Chesapeake, and Esk at the end of the Second Anglo-Chinese War in the 1860s. Esk then participated in the New Zealand Wars providing sailors to serve with the Naval Brigade ashore in the Waikato Campaign and at Gate Pā (Tauranga). In the 1860s and 1870s, Templeton served in HM Ships Crocodile and Euphrates transporting troops to and from India. Templeton served in numerous other Royal Navy ships including HM Ships Scout, Nereus, Duke of Wellington, Rupert, Asia, and Victory I. He was discharged from the Navy in February 1903 having reached the rate of Able Seaman.

New Zealand Medal

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New Zealand Medal

The New Zealand Medal was instituted in 1869. While it is a British award, the medal can be described as New Zealand’s first campaign medal. It was awarded for service in the New Zealand Wars of 1845-47 and 1860-66 with the dates die-struck on the reverse. The New Zealand Medal was awarded to members of the British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Marines, and to colonial volunteers.