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BIG BILL RYAN - WAR VETERAN

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BIG BILL RYAN - WAR VETERAN

Posted: 30 Oct 2012 3:36PM GMT
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I am looking for any information anyone has on a man referred to as "Big Bill Ryan" that lived in Taranaki between 1900 and 1925. I am working on a memorial for him. He was when he lived in Taranaki, unfortunately, stone blind.He had served in the United States Navy during the American Civil War before migrating to New Zealand to dig for gold, scouting and fighting the Maoris. He related that his life was spent in an auxiliary-steam frigate of the Union Navy. He once said, “What a lot of Englishmen, Scotch and Irish we captured. Half the Confederates seemed to be Britishers who enlisted for the fun of the thing. Me? Oh, I’m a Canadian.” Any help on his name, birth, life and death will be greatly appreciated. jamesmgray@bigpond.com

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