Herbert CANTON [1856-1903]
Staff-surgeon H.M.S. Tamar, Hong Kong
“DEATH OF DR. CANTON
Dr. Herbert Canton, Staff-Surgeon, H.M.S. Tamar, died on Saturday morning at the Naval Hospital, and was buried in the afternoon at Happy Valley with impressive naval honours. There was a very large attendance of officers, military as well as naval, and detachments of bluejackets and marines from the ships on the station were also present. The cortege as it left the Naval Hospital and preceded slowly in the direction of the cemetery was headed by a naval band playing the solemn music of the dead march, and behind came a party of men bearing wreaths, with which mute tokens of esteem for the memory of a departed comrade and friend the flag-covered coffin, borne on a gun-carriage manned by sailors, was covered. The firing party of marines was a strong one, and when the burial service was over three rounds were fired over the grave, their echoes rolling all round the hills and mingling with the shouts that came faintly from the football field in the distance. Then the “Last Post” was sounded, and the dead surgeon was left to his long sleep.
The deceased, whose seniority dates from 21st August, 1895, was formerly Fleet Surgeon on H.M.S. L’Immortalité. In 1898 he went home on leave, and during his stay in England he married, afterwards returning to Hongkong and being appointed on 20th August, 1900, to the position he held at the time of his death. Dr Canton was on the eve of departing for England with his wife, upon whom the blow must thus have fallen with terrible violence. To her, in her great loss, the sympathy of all is extended.”