An obituary for Gervase Disney Hammerton in the Wanganui Chronicle [15th July 1913] reported
Mr G. D. Hamerton, of Patea, solicitor and veteran of the Maori wars, passed away on Sunday at the age of 70 years.
Mr Hamerton was the son of the late Mr Holden Hamerton, solicitor, and was born at Halifax, Yorkshire, in 1813, arriving in the Dominion in the ship Cashmere some 14 years later.
Mr Hamerton entered the office of Mr Arthur Standish of New Plymouth, where he practised his profession for some years, finally taking up his residence in Patea some 32 years ago, where he has resided over since.
In the very early days, Mr Hamerton took part in the stirring times against the natives, being at first bugler in No 2 Company, Taranaki Rifles, and afterwards Second Lieutenant in No 7 Company, Taranaki Militia.
Besides being solicitor to the Borough, Council and various other local bodies in the district, the deceased took a very lively interest in public and church affairs.
He married, in 1873, Miss M. M. Gledhill, daughter of the late Mr Francis Gledhill of New Plymouth, who represented Taranaki in the first General Assembly held in Auckland.
Besides Mrs Hamerton, the deceased leaves behind him family of 4 sons: Messrs Frank, Lawrence, Reginald (of Titutawa), and Eustace Hamerton (Patea), and 3 daughters: Misses E. and M. Hamerton (Patea), and Mrs Graham (Mangaweka)
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