The story of Patrick Henry as told to W. H. Skinner at the 'Old Man's Refuge' (later The Gables Colonial Hospital) at Te Henui, New Plymouth, Sunday 19th July 1891.
Patrick Henry was born in Ireland 1814. He joined the 40th Foot (2nd Somerset Regiment) in 1833 and was posted to India a year later. He saw active service against the Afghans and gives a detailed account of these actions. He serves with his regiment for 22 years and was discharged in either 1856. He does not describe when or how he came to be in Taranaki but talks of joining the Taranaki Military Settlers (Carthew's Company) in 1865.
He died in New Plymouth in 1893 and is buried in the Te Henui Cemetery.