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This is a second-hand hardcover book.

Condition: The dust jacket has surface rubbing, fading, and a 20mm tear with creasing around the tear. There is light age spotting to the inside of the front and back cover and to the first and last page. The rest of the book has no faults. The pages are clean and bright.

The dimensions: 191 x 269 mm.
Pages: 102
Publisher: Random Century
Publication date: 1990 first edition


Sergeant, Sinner, Saint & Spy
Edited by Laurie Barber, Garry Clayton, & John Tonkin-Covell

The Taranaki War Diary of Sergeant William Marjouram, R.A.

William Marjouram, a Royal Artillery non-commissioned officer, was involved in New Zealand's First Taranaki War 1860-61. An ill-disciplined hard drinker turned Methodist lay preacher, he was a reliable `Centurion of the Empire: Arriving in New Zealand in December 1855, Marjouram served primarily as an Artillery senior sergeant, acted as a spy on covert operations, and as the creator of an army signals system, until his medical evacuation to Britain in 1861. During his stay in New Zealand, he kept a fascinating diary recording his day-to-day life as a soldier and lay preacher in frontier colonial New Zealand.

This book presents an edited version of that diary, together with an introduction, explanatory text, and illustrations.


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