The Assistant Chief Librarian, South African Public Library, Cape Town, kindly furnished the following extract from the Annual Register, 1847: -

"Deaths, Dec. - At his seat, Rose Lawn, Albridge, Co. Kildare, in his 78th year, Lieut.-Gen. Sir Joseph Hugh CARNCROSS, K. C. B., Colonel-Commandant of the 8th Battalion of Royal Artillery. He was the eldest son of Capt. Hugh Carncross, of the 47th Foot. He entered the Royal Artillery as a cadet in 1783; was appointed a Second Lieutenant in 1793; served in the West Indies from 1797 to 1801; at Waicheren in 1809; and in the Peninsula and France from 1811 to 1814. He received a cross and two clasps for his services at the Battles of Salamanca, Siege of Burgos, Vittoria, the Pyrenees, Nivelle, Nive, Orthes and Toulouse; and was created a Knight Companion ( sic) of the Bath in 1815. He became a Major-General in the Army in 1837; was appointed Colonel-Commandant of the 8th Battalion of Royal Artillery in 1839; and attained the rank of Lieutenant-General in 1846."

Major Claude Walter Carncross of Eltham, Taranaki, New Zealand, furnished the information on which the following is based: -

Joseph Carncross (probably a younger son of Sir Joseph), born in Croydon in 1816, was a ship's captain in sail. He married Edith Cutten in Victoria, Australia, in 1853, and died in 1885. There were four sons, the eldest being Sir Walter Charles Frederick Carncross, born in Bendigo, Victoria, in 1855. He took up journalism in Dunedin, New Zealand, later establishing his own newspaper. He was elected to Parliament in 1890, and was appointed to the Legislative Council in 1902. In the Lower House he was a Government Whip, and in the Legislative Council he held the position of Chairman of Committees, being elected Speaker in 1918 and retiring in 1939. He held a British Empire record in his twenty-one years as Speaker. He came third in length of service, having been fifty years in the House. The honour of Knighthood was conferred on him in 1922, receiving, among others, a letter of congratulation from Sir Winston Churchill. Apart from his journalistic activities, he found the time to devote to defence matters, and for twenty-five years commanded a volunteer rifle company, being awarded the Victoria Decoration. He died in 1940. In 1883 he married Mary Johnson of Edinburgh, Scotland, and had two daughters, Olivette Mary Edith and Sybil Essie, and two sons, Claude Walter (born 1887); and Cyril Cutten (1893 - 1917), killed in action at Passchendaele in the Great War.


The second son of Joseph was Arthur, 1866 - c.1898, who married Jane Waugh and had three children: Leila, Edith and Arthur Ellis, who married, firstly, Margaret Canham and, secondly, Lynn Barber. His children were: Murray Ellis, 1918 - 1942, shot down over France; and Graham.

Claude Walter married Mary McKay and had four children: Veetie Mary, Walter Cyril, Audrey M. and Clive Cutten. Walter married Elizabeth Redpath and has four children: Lesley Anne, Barbara, Kaye and Ian Richard (1953). Clive married Mavis Preece and has two sons; Gavin Clive (1952) and Nigel Grant (1954).

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