Frederick ALEXANDER found shot at NORSEWOOD 1908
FREDERICK ALEXANDER (1875-1908)
married Sarah Anne WINDSOR on 13 May 1908
6 weeks later, 27 June 1908, Frederick was found dead
He was 35 years old (Cemetery Database has aged 55)
Bush Advocate, 29 June 1908 NORSEWOOD SHOOTING FATALITY
... On Saturday afternoon information was received at Dannevirke that a man named Frederick Alexander, a horsebreaker, living at Tepapakuku, had been found dead in a paddock at Mr Fredericksen's, Norsewood. Deceased, shortly before dinner time, left Mr Fredericksen's with the idea of shooting a hare. As he did not return, a search was made, when the deceased was discovered lying dead, with a gunshot wound in the head. The deceased was married about six weeks ago
Bush Advocate, 29 June 1908 ORMONDVILLE, to-day
... An inquest was held this morning at the residence of Gustav Fredericksen by the district coroner, Mr T. L. Buick, and the following jury: O. Ericksen, H. Brieske, Staunton, P. G. Grant, J. D. Grant and Barclay into the death of Frederick Alexander, a horse-breaker of Dannevirke, who was found dead in Fredericksen's paddock on Saturday afternoon, with a severe gunshot wound in the head.
... The evidence of G. Fredericksen, Mrs Alexander, Constable McLeod, and Dr Veitch was taken, which went to show that deceased went out to shoot hares on Saturday morning, and not returning, search was made. Fredericksen found the body lying 30 chains from the house. The injuries to the head was very severe, and death must have been instantaneous. There was nothing to show whether death was due to accident or design. The position of the body and the nature of the wound, was peculiar if death was due to accident, but the jury gave deceased the benefit of the doubt, add returned a verdict of accidental death.
Bush Advocate, 29 June 1908 FUNERAL DELAYED
... Owing to the inquest being held into the death of the late Frederick Alexander not being finished in time, the funeral, which was to have taken place this afternoon, has been postponed until to-morrow and will reach Mangatera at about 1 o'clock.
Manawatu Standard, 30 June 1908 LATER DETAILS
... Later details of the shooting fatality at Norsewood show that the victim, Frederick Alexander, informed Mr Fredericksen, with whom he was staying, that he was going to shoot a hare, and that he would return in time for dinner. He took with him a double-barrel breech-loading gun for the purpose, and at the time of his departure was in the best of spirits, as will be seen from the fact that he gave vent to several jocular expressions.
He, however, did not put in an appearance at dinner, and about 3 o'clock his body was found by Mr Fredericksen, who ascertained that Alexander had met his death by a gunshot wound in the right temple. The police were at once informed, and Dr Veitch sent for, but on arrival the latter could only pronounce life to be extinct.
The cause of the accident is a mystery, but it is said that when out shooting deceased was in the habit of placing the gun between his legs, and it is thought that while in this position on Saturday it accidentally went off. The late Mr Alexander was formerly in the employ of the Dannevirke-Herbertville Coaching Company, but lately followed out the occupation of a breaker-in of horses, and resided at Tepapakuku.
... About six weeks ago he married Miss Windsor, of Dannevirke, and was exceedingly popular among his many acquaintances, one and all of whom will greatly deplore his tragic end, and extend their sympathy to his young widow and relatives in their bereavement.
Frederick is buried Grave 8, Block I at SETTLERS CEMETERY, Dannevirke
DANNEVIRKE as seen from TEPAPAKUKU in 1908