Mr. John Sammons
. Officer in charge of the Forest Hill Tablet Signal Station, was born in Oxfordshire, England, in 1844. He went to sea as a youth, and served twelve years in the Royal Navy, in various parts of the world. Mr Sammons came to the Bluff, by the ship “Zealandia,” in 1872, and joined the New Zealand railway service, in which he held the position of guard until he was appointed officer in charge of the Forest Hill fag station. Mr Sammons was married, in 1899, to the widow of the
late Mr Thomas Mills, of Invercargill. Mrs Sammons had five sons and three daughters by her former marriage.