Headstone of James Swallow (1842-1865)

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Headstone of James Swallow (1842-1865).


James Swallow was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England in August 1842. He enlisted in the  68th (Durham) Light Infantry (The Faithful Durhams) on 4 February 1858, becoming an Orderly Room Sergeant. The Regiment arrived in New Zealand in 1864. James died in Tauranga of ‘brain fever’ on 30 March 1865. On 4 April 1865 the Southern Cross reported: Sergeant James Swallow of the 65th L I who died yesterday of brain fever. This much and worthily respected sergeant was one of the principal clerks attached to the district adjutant’s staff by which officer his loss will be much deplored. Sergeant Swallow was a native of Yorkshire and is a descendant of a very highly respectable family (p. 4). His headstone reads: 'Sacred to the memory of Sergt James Swallow, Orderly Room Sergt 68th Light Infantry, who died on the 30th March 1865, aged 22 years and 7 months. This tablet was erected by Capt. Grace, Lieut & Adjt Covey 68th Light Infantry and his brother sergeants as a mark of their esteem and regret for his loss'. Text and photograph by Debbie McCauley (22 November 2016).

Note: Headstone very weathered, ground plaque installed later.

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Headstone of James Swallow (1842-1865)

First Names:Swallow
Last Name:James
Date of Birth:August 1842
Place of Birth:Leeds, Yorkshire, England
City:Tauranga, New Zealand