• Captain Charles Hazlitt Upham (1908 – 1994)

    On 26th August 1945, Captain Charles Hazlitt Upham became the only WWII soldier to receive a second Victoria Cross for his military service – the highest award for gallantry in the face of war. It was so unusual that it caused King George VI to ask Major-General Howard Kippenberger if Upham truly deserved it. Kippenberger …

  • Crosbie Ward (1832 – 1867)

    For Crosbie Ward, his three month voyage to Lyttelton must have been like sailing through a continuous slow choking fog. His heart had been heavy ever since the news of the death of his older brothers had reached his family in Ireland. When he wasn’t grieving, he was sick with worry as his remaining younger …

  • Edward William Seager (1828 -1922)

    What Edward William Seager lacked in wealth and breeding, he made up with his humanity and love of a good joke! As the young Seager was making his way into his working life as a porter in a London law firm, he learned of the Canterbury Association and their plans from an old school chum, …

  • John (Jack) Etherden Coker (1831 – 1894)

    Jack Coker would be the first one to tell you that life didn’t always deal him a fair hand of cards but I think the real heartbreak of the Coker story is that his numerous legacies were ALL stolen away by the earthquakes of 2011. This bubbly, life-loving fellow is now in danger of being …

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