Name - CHARLES HORSCROFT T9/1 page 925 T9/3 page 526

Admitted - 26th August 1851

District - Portsmouth

Ship - Berwick Castle

Regimental No. - 6201

Pension - Greenwich Hospital Pension £15.4.0 & G.H.A.P. £13.12.0 p.a. commenced 1.10.1853

Rank - Private

Unit - Royal Marines

Born - Kent, circa 1808 - Fencible Society says Uckfield, Lewes, Sussex

Abode - Onehunga, carter 1857 Electoral Roll

Parents -

Status - Married, 2 children

Wife - MARY née GILLETTE formerly SPARKES ##

Description - 5' 8½", light brown hair, grey eyes, sallow complexion, 44, good character. Discharged at end of service. Married at Plymouth circa 1838. Kent as the place of Charles' birth is taken from the Pension Register but the Fencible Society records listing Uckfield as his birthplace seem more accurate. Lewes is just a few miles from Brighton where Charles enlisted in the Royal Marines at 18 years of age.

ELLEN born circa 183? (reported in the Hobart Town Courier)
SARAH born circa 1843 = JOSEPH NEEVE 20th January 1855 ##
CHARLES born 23.05. 1845 at East Stonehouse, County Devon ##

Public Record Office, Kew, London - courtesy Miss Colleen Palmer
WO 4/288 125592, pages 280/1

Staff Officer 11th May 1852

As it will probably be several months before an opportunity offers for sending pensioners to Australia as Convict Guards, and as a vessel will very shortly sail to New Zealand in which accommodation can be provided for a limited number of pensioners [probably three or four] to join the Local Battalion in that Colony. I am directed by the Secretary at War to request that you will immediately report any of the men named in the margin are desirous of proceeding to that Colony instead of Australia, on the Conditions referred to in the War Office Circular of 30th August 1851, and which you will communicate to them in order that they may be aware of the nature of the Service for which they are engaging.
72nd Foot 1/4 PETER McQUADE
45th Foot 1/10 WILLIAM STANLEY
Marines £15.4.0 CHARLES HORSCROFT Regimental Number 6201

CHARLES HORSCROFT died 8th February 1885 according to the Treasury Pension Register. RG 1885/29.

MARY HORSCROFT, formerly GILLETTE, née SPARKES, died 1892/1208

JOSEPH NEEVE, bachelor = SARAH HORSCROFT, spinster, minor, daughter of Charles Horscroft and Mary Gillette, at St Peter's Anglican Church, Onehunga 20th February 1855. RG 1855/156

Their issue?:-
JOSEPH born 1858/3844 = MARY BRENNAN 1885/3023
JAMES born 1861/274
ALICE MARY born 1863/378
WILLIAM born 1864/44
GRACE ELLEN born 1872/940
FREDERICK born 1875/1671 (Neave) died 10th February 1950 aged 74 years

Their issue?:-
EILEEN born 1886/1214 = HERBERT BARTON COWAN 1914/9047
ARTHUR born 1888/1254 = ........... .............. 1920/6369
GABRIEL JOHN born 1892/154 = MARY MAY EVELINE .............. 1915/7733
MARY CATHERLEEN (sic) born 1896/3560 died 24th June 1951
GEORGE NEEVE was buried at St Peter's Cemetery, Onehunga 1st October 1898. Relevant?

From the NZSG Transcript of the Waikaraka Cemetery -
No. 4589 - Pray for the repose of the soul of JAMES ARTHUR NEEVE, beloved husband of Philomeen Elizabeth, died 31st August 1953. Also PHILOMEEN ELIZABETH, his dearly loved wife, died 16th February 1964, aged 74 years. R.I.P.

No. 4697 - In loving memory of FREDERICK NEEVE, died 10th February 1950, aged 74 years.

No. 6828 - Sacred to the memory of GABRIEL JOHN, beloved husband of Mary Neeve, loved father of Esmond, Dorothea and Audrey, died 12th December 1957. Also his beloved wife, MARY MAY EVELINE, died 8th March 1963. R.I.P.

NEEVE - On June 24, 1951, at a private hospital, Auckland, KATHLEEN MARY, youngest daughter of Mary and the late Joseph Neeve and beloved sister of Mrs H. B. Cowan (Cambridge), Arthur and Gabriel (Tom). Requiem Mass will be celebrated at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ellerslie, 9 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday). Private interment. Rosary at the church 7.30 p.m. this (Monday) evening. No flowers by request.
New Zealand Herald Monday 11th June 1951.

From the NZSG Transcript of the Hautapu Cemetery, Cambridge -
No. 1655 - EILEEN, wife of Bert Cowan and mother of Mary, Bert, Patricia, Ron, Les and Maureen, died 28th November 1962, aged 76 years. Also her husband, HERBERT BARTON, died 22nd July 1974, aged 87 years. R.I.P.



New Zealand Herald

19th December 1885

At about half-past two o'clock on Thursday a fire broke out in a six-room cottage in Victoria Street, the property of Mr Matthew Brennan. The building has for some time past been unoccupied.

The fire was first observed by Mr Charles Horsecroft, who was working near at hand and he at once, together with a Mr Wall and other neighbours, did all that was possible under the circumstances.

There was no water supply or other means of arresting the flames and by their energy they succeeded in saving the stable adjoining which is the property of Mr John Denize. As it was the cottage, stable and outbuildings were totally consumed in a very few minutes.

It is supposed the fire was caused by a man called Pennell, better known as "King Phillip," who was found by Mr Horsecroft asleep in the stable. This man is a "loafer" and is in the habit of making use of the premises for his temporary accommodation at times.

Constable Haslett, who was early on the spot, arrested Pennell and he will be brought up tomorrow morning. It is not known whether the premises were insured or not as the owner is away from home at present, but it is believed that a policy which was in existence some time since has been allowed to lapse. Should this prove to be correct the loss to Mr Brennan will be a very heavy one.

CHARLES (HENRY) HORSCROFT, bachelor, full age, only son of Charles Horscroft and Mary Gillette = MARY ANN GEORGINA FRASER, born Adelaide, South Australia 24th May 1863. She came to New Zealand circa December 1863 with her parents. They married 25th November 1879 at Cambridge. RG 1879/2437

Their issue:-
NORM. NUGENT FRASER born 1881/2166 = (1) EMILY .......... 1905/4403
= (2) BESSIE ............
CHARLES HENRY born 1883/2265 = ELSIE MAY RAFFERTY 1916/6918
HAROLD REUBIN (sic) born 1886/67 = (1) MARGARET AUTRIDGE 1909/6213
WINIFRED GEORGINA born 1887/2357/24 = JOSEPH JOHN HAYTER 1912/5478
GEORGE SPENCER born 1889/3407 = MAY COX circa 1919 & died 23rd July 1955
ATHEL (sic) EMILY born 1893/38 = BERTIE W'M MUNNS 1913/2228 as ETHEL EMILY
CLARENCE ALEXANDER born 1896/1218 killed in France (WWI/7415)
HILDA ADELINE born 1899/80 died 16th February 1914 aged 15 years
GORDON FRED'K FRASER born 16.04. 1902 died 21st June 1907 aged 5 years - fell from a swing
ANNIE MERILEN born 14.04. 1903 = GEOFF HAYES (killed in action) ##

ELIZABETH MURIEL born 1907/1699 = JAMES WALTER SCOTT circa 1939

MARY ANN GEORGINA HORSCROFT, married woman, bought from William Dixon on 20th October 1920, for the sum of £17-5-0, Lot 4, Plan No. 13324, Sub-Division of Allotments 3 and 3A, Village of Mangere, part of Vol. 141 Folio 118 and Volume 143 Folio 225 Certificates of Title - Lot 4 of Mangere Bridge Estate.

HORSCROFT - On 16th February 1914 at her parents' residence, Mangere Bridge, HILDA ADELAINE, third daughter of Charles and Mary Horscroft, aged 15 years.

Private CLARENCE ALEXANDER HORSCROFT, No. 30803 Auckland Regiment NZEF, died Thursday 4th October 1917, aged 21 years. Son of Charles and Mary Ann Horscroft of Church Street West, Onehunga. No known grave - commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial Zonnebeke, Belgium.


New Zealand Herald

Monday 25th November 1929

HORSCROFT - FRASER: On Nov. 25, 1879, at St Andrew's Church, Cambridge, by the Rev William Willis, CHARLES HENRY, only son of the late Charles and Mary Horscroft, Lichfield, England, to MARY GEORGINA, eldest daughter of the late William John and Elizabeth Fraser, Inverness, Scotland.

HORSCROFT - On July 11, 1934 (suddenly), CHARLES, the dearly-beloved husband of Mary Ann Georgina Horscroft, in his 90th year. The funeral will leave his late residence, 69 Church Street, Onehunga for the Mangere Public Cemetery today (Thursday) at 3 p.m. No flowers by request.
New Zealand Herald 12th July 1934.




Auckland Public Library 1934 Obituary Scrapbook

One of the oldest residents of Onehunga, Mr Charles Horscroft, a veteran of the Maori War, died suddenly yesterday, aged 89 years. Mr Horscroft, who spent all but the first few years of his life in the Auckland Province, was born in Plymouth on May 23, 1845, and sailed for Auckland from that port in 1851*, in the ship Berwick*, arriving at the end of the same year. His father bought a property at Onehunga, and later located on it with some difficulty, as the neighbourhood was covered with tall manuka scrub.

On the outbreak of the Waikato War Mr Horscroft enlisted in the colonial forces and saw service at Papakura and Drury. He took part in the battle at Rangiriri, the advance into the King Country, the Tauranga campaign, and the storming of Gate Pa. Later he did garrison duty in the Upper Waikato with the Armed Constabulary, in which he served for eight years. After two years as a miner at Thames, he returned to Onehunga, where he was married in November, 1879. He lived for nearly 30 years at Mangere, working as a labourer, and the remainder of his life at Onehunga.

Mr and Mrs Horscroft, who celebrated their golden wedding in 1929, had 13 children, of whom six sons and four daughters survive. All these are resident in the Auckland Province, and six live at Onehunga. Three sons took part in the Great War and one, the youngest *, was killed at Passchendale.

There are 19 grandchildren and one great grand-child. Mrs Horscroft survives her husband.

* The year was 1852 and the ship was called the Berwick Castle which arrived in Auckland December 1852. The son killed at Passchendale is believed to have been the second youngest son of this couple.

HORSCROFT - On June 1, 1945, at his residence, Valley Road, Papakura, late of Tirau, NORMAN, loved eldest son of Mrs C. Horscroft and the late Mr C. Horscroft, of Onehunga. Passed peacefully away. The funeral will leave Richardson's Mortuary at 9.45 a.m. today (Saturday) for the Papakura Cemetery.
New Zealand Herald Saturday 2nd June 1945.

MARY ANN GEORGINA HORSCROFT née FRASER died 1st March 1964 at 99 years. ##

HORSCROFT - On May 18, 1933, at her residence, 45 Mt Albert Road, Mt Roskill, after a long, suffering illness, MAY, the dearly-beloved wife of George Spencer Horscroft, aged 37 years. The funeral will leave the above address for the Mangere Cemetery tomorrow (Friday) at 2 p.m.
New Zealand Herald Thursday 18th May 1933.

MAY HORSCROFT née COX was a war bride according to family information. Their only daughter, Evelyn May, was born 1920/2273 in New Zealand. ##

HORSCROFT - On March 14, 1940, (suddenly) at the Auckland Hospital, EVELYN MAY, dearly-beloved only daughter of George and the late May Horscroft, 25 Jordan Avenue, Onehunga, in her 20th year. The funeral will leave the above address for the Mangere Cemetery tomorrow (Saturday) at 3 p.m.
New Zealand Herald Friday 15th March 1940.

GEORGE SPENCER HORSCROFT died 23rd July 1955. ##


Auckland Public Library Obituary Scrapbooks

July 1934

The death of Mrs Charles Horscroft, of Onehunga, occurred suddenly on Monday at the Auckland Hospital. While on her way to church on Sunday evening, she collapsed in the street and was taken to the hospital. Mrs Horscroft was a well-known resident of Onehunga. She was a daughter of the late Mr Michael Rafferty, an early settler in the district, and is survived by her husband and one daughter.

HORSCROFT - On July 23, 1934 (suddenly) at the Auckland Hospital, ELSIE, the dearly-beloved wife of Charles Henry Horscroft, Trafalgar Street, Onehunga, aged 42 years. The funeral will leave the residence of her brother, Mr H. Rafferty, 77 Quadrant Road, Onehunga for the Mangere Public Cemetery today (Tuesday) at 3 p.m.
New Zealand Herald Tuesday 24th July 1934.

HORSCROFT, CHARLES HENRY - On June 22, 1952 (suddenly), at his residence, 101 Trafalgar Street, Onehunga, beloved husband of the late Elsie, and loved father of Joyce, father in law of Gordon, and loving grandfather of Cheryl, aged 69 years. A service will be held at the chapel of C. H. Barker, Ltd, Queen Street, Onehunga, at 3 p.m. today (Tuesday), funeral then leaving for Mangere Lawn Cemetery.
New Zealand Herald Tuesday 24th June 1952.

HAROLD REUBEN HORSCROFT, bachelor, full age, second son of Charles Henry Horscroft and Mary Ann Georgina Fraser = MARGARET AUTRIDGE, spinster, born Thames 21st December 1887, daughter of Humphrey Autridge. RG 1909/6213

Their issue:-
ROBERT HAROLD born 1918/3467

HORSCROFT - On January 4, 1939, at her residence, Victoria Street, Cambridge, MARGARET, dearly-beloved wife of Harold Reuben Horscroft, aged 52 years. The funeral will leave St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Cambridge at 2 p.m. (Thursday) for the Ohaupo Cemetery.
New Zealand Herald Wednesday 5th January 1939.

HAROLD REUBEN HORSCROFT = (2) MARJORIE ELIZABETH RENOUF at Te Puke and died 2nd September 1958, aged 73 years.

LEWIS RAYMOND HORSCROFT was a prisoner of war in Germany for some time. He died 1979. ##

The information marked ## is courtesy of Mrs La Verna Beal, Auckland and Mrs Pat Somervell, née Horscroft.

MARGARET ANNA KARL was the daughter of Andrew Karl and Ellen née Fox. There are a number of Karls buried in the Ohaupo Catholic Cemetery.