Topic: Samuel Carlyon Service No. 4/911A
Samuel Carlyon Service No 4/911A, was born in Woodville, New Zealand on 15 February 1888. He was the son of Percy Frederick and Margaret Carlyon who lived at Henley Street, Westport. Samuel served with the Otago Infantry Battalion, New Zealand Engineers. At the time of enlistment he was living in Otira, West Coast. He embarked from Port Chalmers. Samuel died of wounds at Gallipoli, aged 26, on 01 June 1915. He is buried at - Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, ANZAC, Turkey- Grave Reference: II. E. 6. Samuel was mentioned in Despatchers: London Gazette, 5 August 1915, p7668: Mentioned in General Ian Hamilton's despatch of 20th May 1915. (Commander Mediteranean Expeditionary Force)
Family History: Samuels father Percy Frederick Carlyon 1846-1920 was from Mevagissey, Cornwall, England. He was a Police Officer. He married Margaret (Maggie) Fitzsimmons 1853-1924.
- Margaret was born in Helston, Cornwall, the 8th of 12 children to James Fitzsimmons and Jane Strongman, a district nurse of Helston. They emigrated on the ADAMANT leaving London on the 8th July 1873, arriving in Lyttelton on 17th October 1873 with 151 immigrants. They then caught the MAORI to Timaru. They had 8 (known) children in various places of New Zealand from Otago up to Dargaville (about 1200km qute a distance in early 1900s) . As Percy was a Police Sergeant they moved frequently because of his job. Their children were Leonard Percy Carlyon 1879 - 1887 , born in Temuka, died aged 8 in Woodville. Clement John Carlyon 1881 - 1952 , born in Temuka, married Annie Scott Cundy in 1909. Frederick Harold Carlyon 1883 , born in Otago, moved to Australia. Lucy Alice Minna Carlyon 1884 – 1956, born in Hawkes Bay, married George Clifford Allis in 1913. Arthur Edmond Carlyon 1886, born in Woodville , died aged 14 months, 4 days after Leonard, buried together - died 4 days prior to brother Arthur who was 14 months old . Ada Carlyon born 1890 – 1965, born in Gisborne, never married, buried with her parents at Orowaiti cemetery, Westport. Robert Tredenham Carlyon 1892-1960, born in Dargaville, married Margaret
Percy died aged 74 in Buller West Coast . Maggie died aged 71 in Westport, West Coast, they are borth buried at the Orowaiti Middle cemetery Westport