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James Townsend Edwards

Portrait of James Townsend Edwards. Image kindly provided by Thomas Fairweather (August 2023).

Portrait of James Townsend Edwards. Image kindly provided by Thomas Fairweather (August 2023).

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    James Townsend AWMM
  • Surname
    Edwards AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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About birth

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  • Birth
    1836 AWMM
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  • Served with the 14th Regiment as Lieutenant during the New Zealand Wars. In 1863 was listed as a commandant in the Colonial Defense Force. In 1871 he, along with T. M. Haultain were appointed to investigate and recognise all who had served in the Wars with the New Zealand War Medal. After which he served as Resident Magistrate for Whanganui. In 1901, he died in bed at the room he was renting at the Awatere Accommodation House in Taylor Ford. He was in the area doing general work. He was buried at Taylor Pass Cemetery nearby and may have had a headstone however, many have been damaged and his grave is now unmarked. He was affectionately remembered as a "A zealous and smart officer". AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    20 June 1901 AWMM
    Age 65 AWMM
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    Taylor Pass Cemetery, Marlborough, New Zealand AWMM
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