Monday, May 21, 2012

Wilson, Samuel

buried 31 July 1884, Addington Cemetery, Christchurch, plot 582C

This afternoon the remains of a Crimean veteran, Mr Samuel Wilson, one of the "Six Hundred," were interred in the Addington Cemetery. Mr Wilson, who was 54 years old when he died, was a trooper in the 8th Hussars at the time of the famous charge, but before leaving the army rose to the rank of Sergeant-Major.

Up to his last illness he was employed at the railway workshops. His body was buried without military honours, but a large number of his fellow workmen and others followed the remains to the grave, and the funeral cortege was headed by the Addington Workshop's Band, playing the "Dead March in Saul."
Star, Issue 5068, 31 July 1884, Page 2

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