The Hampshire Advertiser/1878/Death of Lieutenant-General Cameron
Death of Lieutenant-General Cameron, C.B., R.E.—An event which has caused much regret in Southampton is the death of Lieutenant-General John Cameron, C.B., of the Royal Engineers, and Director-General of the Ordnance Survey of the United Kingdom, which occurred at his residence, Ordnance-house, on Sunday night. The gallant General was one of the guests at the Mayor's banquet, given on Wednesday evening at the Victoria Rooms, in honour of the visit of the Royal Counties (Hants and Berks) Agricultural Society. He then appeared to be in his usual health, and returned thanks for the army in an able speech, paying the reserve forces a high compliment, little thinking that was the last time he should meet his fellow townsmen and that he should so soon be called away from hence. On his way home from the banquet, in company, we believe, with Major-General Tryon, J.P., General Cameron complained of a pain in the chest, and as he was on foot he called a cab and proceeded to his residence in it. On Thursday he still complained of being unwell,and also on Friday, but no danger was apprehended. However, on Sunday his symptoms became serious, as congestion had set in most rapidly, and despite the best medical skill and attention he breathed his last on Sunday night, as above stated. The decease had, we hear, been in her Majesty's service nearly forty years, and he attained the rank of Lieutenant-General under the new Royal Warrant in October last, a few days after which he received General Grant, ex-President of the United States, at the Ordnance-office, and subsequently lunched with the General and other guests at the South-Western Hotel. General Cameron was much esteemed and respected, both in the distinguished corps to which he belong, and also be all classes in the town and neighbourhood, and, as stated above, is somewhat sudden and unexpected death has caused the deepest regret through the borough, while it is deeply lamented by a large circle of friends and relatives.