Headstone of James Scanlon (c1845-1867)

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Headstone of James Scanlon (c1845-1867).


James Scanlon was born in Liverpool, England in c1845. He worked as a mason. James enlisted on 18 February 1863. He was with the 12th (East Suffolk) Regiment of Foot, 1st Battalion. On the evening of 11 February 1867 James was bathing in the ocean when he got into difficulties and drowned. His body was found two days later on 13 February at the Mount by local Māori. He was buried that same day in Mission Cemetery (Otamataha Pā). An inquest was held composed of non-commissioned officers of the 12th and civilians, in the absence of Dr. Clark. Colonel Hamilton acted as Coroner. They found that James accidentally drowned. His ground plaque at the cemetery reads: Sacred to the memory of James Scanlon, 1st Coy., 1st Batt., 12th Reg. Drowned at Te Papa 11th Feb. 1867 aged 22 years. Text and photograph by Debbie McCauley (1 October 2016). Tauranga City Libraries Image Number: 16-257.

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Headstone of James Scanlon (c1845-1867)

First Names:James
Last Name:Scanlon
Date of Birth:c1845
Place of Birth:Liverpool, Lancashire, England
City:Tauranga, New Zealand