HAMPTON Mary the beloved daughter of
Edward John and Mary HAMPTON
Armourer Sergt HM 96 Reg
who departed this life
Jany 3 1848
Aged 9 years 3 months & 23 days
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Debra Fasano 31/01/2009
Deaths of Soldiers - 96th Regiment
Thomas Watson 96th Regiment:
25 Feb 1842 - Sydney Gazette
Inquest - On Tuesday evening last an inquest was holden (sic) at the
Whaler's Return public-house, before W. Champ, Esq., Coroner, on view of the
body of Thomas Watson, a private of the 96th regiment, who had on the
preceding afternoon deliberately shot himself through the body with a
pistol, on board the Tortoise prison-ship. The ball had entered the
lower part of the thorax, and, breaking one of the ribs, penetrated through
the diaphragm, and went out at the back, causing immediate death. From the
evidence of several witnesses who underwent examination, it appeared that
the unfortunate man had for some time been labouring under mental
alienation, which is supposed to have been brought on by a fright caused by
a male prisoner transported In the same vessel. Verdict - Suicide, under
William Scott 96th Regiment
12 May 1847 - Hobart Courier
INQUEST.-On Monday an inquest was held at Mr. Clues, " The Lord Rodney,"
before A. B. Jones, Esq, on view of the body of William Scott, a private of
the 96th Regiment, who, in crossing a plank on Sunday night, fell into the
river between the berth of the Navarino and the shore. The body was
recovered in twenty minutes, but life was extinct.
Verdict, found drowned.
11 Nov 1848 - Hobart Courier
WRECK OF THE " GOVERNOR PHILLIP"
THE following is the official account of the wreck of the above vessel
It is my painful duty to notify to you the unfortunate calamity that has
befallen the Government brig Governor Phillip, while on the passage from
Sydney to Hobart Town.
I left Sydney at daybreak on the morning of Saturday 21st October,
having on board 85 persons.....
Guard-Lieutenant Griffiths, 1 sergeant, 18 rank and file 96th regiment,
and 2 privates 99th regiment.
Prisoners, 40. Crew - Master, two mates and 12 seamen.....
It is proper I should add that the chief officer and Lieutenant
Griffiths remained on the wreck as long as possible, when they attempted to
swim to the reef, but the latter unfortunately perished within a few yards
of it. I now proceed to give the names of those who were lost, vis. : -
Lieutenant Griffiths, 96th regiment
Privates: (All drowned)
Pearson - Matthews - Mummery - Bowles - Driscoll
Private Jones, killed by a plank.
6 January 1849 - Hobart Courier
LIEUTENANT GRIFFITHS, 96th REGT.-The following has notappeared in any
Van Dieman's Land Journal :
Extract from General Order. Head-quarters, Sydney,30th Nov., 1848. No.
l56 2. His Excellency the
Major-General Commanding is desirous to record his deep regret at the
loss of Lieutenant Ernest Frederick Griffiths, with six soldiers, of the
96th Regt, who were unfortunately drowned in the wreck of the brig Governor
Phillip, on the 27th October last, in Bass's Straits ; and in so doing, to
hold up to the admiration of the officers and troops in this command the
heroic and exemplary conduct of this lamented and excellent young officer.
On this fearful occasion the courage and presence of mind of Lieut.
Griffiths never deserted him, they were wholly and actively devoted to the
safety of the escort and convicts under his charge; knocking off the irons
of the latter with his own hands; directing the escape of the passengers,
the military, and prisoners, by the boats; he, finally, when almost the last
person on the wreck, threw away perhaps the only chance of preserving his
own life by attempting to save that
of his servant, failing in which good endeavour he leaped into the sea,
and had nearly reached the shore by swimming when death overtook him. The
service at large, and the 96th Regiment in particular, have sustained a
severe loss in the early and disastrous death of so promising an
officer.- By command, &c. (Signed) G. C. MUNDY,
Governor Phillip. Teak-built brig, 177 tons. Built at Rangoon,
Burma, 1821, as the Fathalmein. Purchased by Governor Ralph Darling in 1827
for the New South Wales Government and renamed. Following the transfer of the
administration of Norfolk Island to Van Diemenís Land, nominal ownership of
the vessel passed to that colony. Captain Cobbam. Government owned vessel.
From Norfolk Island to Hobart Town with a complement of seventy-four, wrecked
on a reef off Gull Island, just east of Cape Barren Island, Furneaux Group, 27
October 1848. Holding fast and soon pounding on the rocks, the forty
convicts imprisoned below immediately panicked, fearing they would be left
below to drown, however they were soon released and their chains removed.
Sixteen lives lost; four convicts, seven guards, and five crew. The survivors
remained on Gull Islind for a few days before moving on to Clarke Island.
Eventually, the prisoners among them were transferred to Preservation Island
until PS. Kangaroo arrived to take them all on to Hobart Town.