Major Cameron played an unwitting part in the story of Thomas Baber and this may have given an edge to Thomas Baber's later hunt for the Pyche Rajah. The Major was the husband of Helen, who once widowed went on to become Thomas Baber's wife and who stuck with him throughout all his later troubles.
News of the Major's death which had taken place on the 18th of March 1797 reached Britain shortly before the 28th of August 1797. It is a measure of just how serious an incident this had been, that the news was thought to warrant overland post.
Usually the dispatches to Britain went by sea, and would have taken many more months to have arrived in London. An overland dispatch had to go via the Red Sea to Egypt and on to London by ship via the Mediterranean, and would have cost approximately £400, a very large sum in those days, the equivalent of annual salary of a senior official or Colonel, per letter.
The following report was picked up by the Reading Mercury, most probably from a London Paper published a day or so before.
The Death of Major Cameron.