Saturday, May 26, 2012

Carley, Joseph

At Te Awamutu on Friday night the residence of Joseph Carley, a Crimean veteran, was totally destroyed by fire. The fire started in one of the bedrooms, and spread quickly. Two young children who were asleep had a narrow escape. Only the piano was saved. The building was insured with the New Zealand Company, but there was no insurance on the furniture and effects. A subscription list was started, and over £40 was quickly collected.
Auckland Star, Volume XXXII, Issue 253, 4 November 1901, Page 5

Mr Joseph Carley, of Te Awamutu, who had the bad luck to lose his house and all his belongings by fire the other day, is well known to old volunteers throughout the Waikato. He formerly held the rank of Sergt.- Major, and as instructor to the Te Awamutu Cavalry did useful service. Mr Carley is a Crimean veteran, and holds five active service medals, including one for Sebastopol. He endeavoured to save his medals, etc., in the fire, but the flames drove him back. The morning after the fire, however, the medals were found in the debris.
Auckland Star, Volume XXXII, Issue 255, 6 November 1901, Page 3

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