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SUTCLIFFE, Captain Joseph

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Captain J. Sutcliffe
Photo by Billens

Captain Joseph Sutcliffe, of the Rangitikei Royal Rifles, Marton, was born at Heaton Norris, near Stockport, Cheshire, England. Educated locally till about thirteen years of age, he went into the employ of Mr. John F. Hindley, of Ashton-under-line. In 1854 he enlisted in the Queens Own 4th Light Dragoons, and went out to the Crimea, where he landed on the 15th of June, 1855. At the close of the war he returned to England, receiving the Crimean and Turkish medals, with the clasp of Sebastopol. On the reduction of the army he obtained his discharge, and entered the Manchester Police Force from which he retired after twelve months' service, and went to live in Droylsden, where he joined the 70th Lancashire Rifle Volunteers. He was appointed colour-sergeant, and served four years in the corps. Captain Sutcliffe was married in 1858 at Oldham, Lancashire, to the second daughter of Mr. John Harrison, surveyor, of Fairfield, and has two sons residing in the Rangitikei District. He left England for Queensland in 1863, and whilst there had experience with bushrangers. He served as camp sergeant in the native police force on the McKenzie River, and was with the mounted police escort on the Peak Downs. The subject of this notice came to New Zealand in 1870; he started business in Marton, and in 1876 opened a general store, retiring in 1888. He joined the Rangikitei Royal Rifles in 1875, and was appointed lieutenant in 1881. In 1893 he was elected captain of the company, and in January, 1897, was awarded the New Zealand Medal for long and efficient service. In the early days he served on the local school committee for many years, and was also a member of the Borough Council from 1888 to 1891.

Rangitikei Royal Rifles, which claims to be the oldest corps in the Colony, has a membership of between fifty and sixty.

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