New Jersey Obituaries - July 20, 1898 - Thomas Lawler

A Soldier Drowned

Thomas Lawler Falls from the Trestle Over the Inlet

Thomas Lawler of Asbury Park, one of the drummers of Company A, Third regiment, New Jersey Volunteers, now stationed at Fort Hancock, was found drowned early Sunday morning by the guard stationed near the railroad trestle leading to the government reservation at Sandy Hook. Lawler had been to Atlantic Highlands to see some friends and was returning to camp by way of the trestle when he fell into the water.

The body was recovered and was taken to the company headquarters in a boat by members of company A. The funeral was held in Library hall at Asbury Park this afternoon and Lawler was buried with military honors.

Lawler was attached to the Third Regiment drum corps and is the second member of that organization to be killed since the regiment was called into service. While the regiment was at Sea Girt another member of the drum corps went home on a furlough and was struck and killed by a locomotive.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, July 20, 1898