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Charles Cootes (1821–1881)

It is with regret that we have to record the death of Mr. Charles Cootes, of Dundundara. The deceased had been suffering for some time past from lung disease, and on Friday all hopes of recovery were plainly seen; on Tuesday evening he breathed his last. Mr. Cootes arrived in Sydney in 1857 with his regiment, the 77th, after going through the Crimea campaign. The regiment only remained a short time in Sydney. In consequence of the Mutiny in India breaking out, they were ordered to China, en route for India, and reached there just before the finish of the Mutiny. After remaining in India a short time, Cootes decided to settle in New South Wales, and returned to the colony, we believe, in 1859, and came on to Monaro, and was for some time with Mr. Cooke at Glenroy (now P.M. at Balranald). He after served with the late Mr. H. Nicholson, of Dundundara, and was for 15 years was with Mr. H. M. Joseph, of Maharatta. He was in the army for 18 years, and received the Indian and Crimean medals for services performed. His funeral took place on Thursday afternoon, and he was followed to his last home by a numerous cortege, testifying the respect in which he was held. He leaves behind him a widow and numerous family to mourn their loss.

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Attleborough, Norfolk, England


16 August, 1881 (aged ~ 60)
Bombala, New South Wales, Australia

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