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Stapylton Cotton Caulton

Photograph of Stapylton Cotton Caulton in uniform.

Stapylton Cotton Caulton

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    Stapylton Cotton AWMM
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    Caulton AWMM
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    South African N/N AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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About birth

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  • Birth
    24 July 1840 Military Personnel File ManchesterEngland Military Personnel File
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    Army AWMM
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    South African N/N AWMM
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  • Military training
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    • South Africa 31 March 1901 Military Personnel File
      Age 61 AWMM
    • South Africa Settler/Civilian Ministry for Culture and Heritage
      Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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  • Born 24 July 1840 at Chorlton Upon Medlock, Lancashire, England
    Married 27 August 1864 at Napier, New Zealand
    1863 Licensee of Masonic Hotel, Napier.
    1874 1st Licensee of Masonic Hotel Gisborne.
    1880 Licensee of Albert Hotel, Auckland.
    1883 Licensee of Roseland Hotel, Makarakai. Licensee of Governor Browne, Wharf, Central and St. Heliers Hotels.

    His service record was:
    Hawkes Bay Colonial Defence Force. Total of 6 years, 3 years on active Service. 1863-1866
    Napier Rifles. Total of 2 years, 1 year on active service, 1866-1867
    Served in different Volunteer Corps. Total of 14 years and 334 days.
    7th N.Z. Rifles, South African Service. Rank of Lieutenant in Contingent of Mounted Rifles 1901-1902. Total 2 years 254 days, Active Service 1 year 127 days.
    "Dangerously" wounded in March 1902.

    Died 14th April 1926 St Heliers Auckland
    Buried Purewa Cemetery Block F Row 47 No 84 Public - Paul Malcolm - Other Relative - 7 April 2015 - Family papers
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About death

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  • Death
    14 April 1926 Death Notice (15 April 1926)
    Age 86 AWMM
    St Heliers BaySt Heliers Death Notice (15 April 1926)
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    Purewa Cemetery AWMM
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  • Obituary
    Obituary in Auckland Star - 15th April 1926:


    After an illness of only two days, Captain Stapleton Cotton Caulton died on April 14 at his residence, 4 Vale Road, St. Helier's Bay, aged 86 years.

    Mr. Caulton was a true pioneer, and during his long life "played many parts".

    Born in Warwickshire, England, he went to Australia when a youth of 18 years of age, and amongst other fields was in the rush to Ballarat. He came to New Zealand about 65 years ago, and took up 3000 acres of land in Poverty Bay, being a pioneer settler of Waimate Valley.

    Mr. Caulton claimed to have driven the first mob of sheep from Hawkes Bay to Poverty Bay. He was also the proud owner of the first four wheeled vehicle in that district.

    Mr. Caulton saw active service during the wars with the Maori and when 60 years of age, went to the Boer War in South Africa as a Lieutenant in the 7th Contingent, which took part in that bit of hard fighting, holding what was called "New Zealand corner". At Bothasburg, Mr. Caulton was so seriously wounded that his arm had to be amputated. He then retired with the rank of Captain.

    Mr. Caulton was proprietor of the Masonic Hotel in Gisborne, and of another hotel of the same name in Napier. When in Auckland, he was proprietor of the Governor Brown Hotel in Hobson Street, and was the first Licensee of the Central Hotel, when it was opened. He later bought the hotel at St. Helier's Bay, and after retiring from that position, carried on a coal and firewood business right up to his death.

    Mr. Caulton was blessed with good health throughout his long life. He is survived by his wife, and the following children by a previous marriage: Mr. Reginald Caulton of Motu, a former Auckland Rugby representative, Mr. A. S. Caulton of Devonport, and Mrs. S. Gelling of Newmarket and Mrs. W. Henderson of New Plymouth. AWMM
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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
08 October 2017Kay ElizabethChristchurch New ZealandChild
07 April 2015Paul MalcolmAuckland New ZealandOther Relative

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