Friday, June 1, 2012

Fox, Michael

Date of death 11 October 1905
buried Sydenham Cemetery block 15B Plot 41
Aged 72 years
labourer born Ireland

An old Crimean veteran named Michael Fox, who died in the Christchurch hospital, and whose funeral took place yesterday in the Linwood (sic) cemetery, had gained the Imperial Long Service medal, the Crimean medal, the Indian Mutiny medal, and the Good Conduct medal.

The medals were stolen from him on the West Coast ten or eleven years ago, but he had the ribbons on his coat.

He was an Imperial Army pensioner for the past thirteen years, and he had the Campaign pension.

He was seventy-two years of age. The fact that the old veteran, who had no family, went to his last resting place unattended by anybody except one old Army veteran like himself, does not reflect credit upon the authorities.
Press, Volume LXII, Issue 12324, 14 October 1905, Page 9

The Crimean veteran, Michael Fox, whose death was referred to in Saturday's issue, joined the Imperial forces at Kilkenny, Ireland, and was drafted into the 57th Regiment.

He went out to the Crimea, in 1854, and was through the engagements at Alma, Inkerman, Balaclava and took part in the siege of Sebastopol.

He returned with his regiment to Malta in 1856, and was at Aden the next year, afterwards going to Bombay, whence he came to this country with the troops in 1861.

He was in New Zealand engagements in Taranaki, and also at Wanganui and Nukamarau during the time of the native disturbances. In addition to the Crimean, British, and Turkish medals, he claimed to hold medals for China and India services.

He was discharged with a good conduct medal. Fox, in addition to to his Army pension, was drawing the Old Age Pension at the time of his death.
Press, Volume LXII, Issue 12325, 16 October 1905, Page 6

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