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Mike Morley



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 29, 2016 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

William Dalziel, Surgeon, RN





The stone reads: Sacred to the memory of William Dalziel, Surgeon, RN, who died at Wigtown on 9th day of November 1833 aged 45 years. And Marion Ferguson, his wife, who died 26th day of January 1839 aged 54 years. And of Marion Ferguson Dalziel, their daughter, who died on the 17th day of June 1836 aged 1 year and 5 months.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 29, 2016 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John Hannah Dalziel, surgeon, RN





The gravestone reads: Erected by WA Dalziel, surgeon, RN, in memory of his father, John Dalziel Esq, late writer of Wigtown, who died 14th Feby 1813 aged 48 years. Also to John Hannah Dalziel, Surgeon, RN, his brother, who died on board HMS shp Batavia at Woolwich, March 21st 1816 aged 28 years.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 29, 2016 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure how military this is, but it's certainly unusual. John Black Cameron, Knight of Dannebrog. Apparently it is a Danish honour of some type which can be awarded to individuals from the military.





The gravestone reads: Erected in memory of Thomas Roy Cameron, who died 20th July 1849 aged 27 years. Also his brother Alexander Cameron who died at Southampton 20th July 1869 aged 29 years. Also his brother John Black Cameron, Knight of Dannebrog, who died at his residence, Galloway House, London, the 7th December 1877, aged 58 years. His remains are interred in Kensal Green Cemetery.

Edit: The ever-reliable Ken Morrison has come up with a plausible explanation for the "knighthood". Apparently John Black Cameron was the Superintendent and Agent for the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company on the island of St Thomas in the Danish West Indies. I'd never heard of the Danish West Indies: they are now the US Virgin Islands as they were sold to the US in 1917.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a possible for The Peninsular War. The gravestone reads: "In memory of James Mordoch who died the 24th of Feby 1816 aged 80 years. Also Mary McKie, his spouse, who died the 2d of Jany 1808 aged 50 years. Also od the two sons both called James, died in their infancy. And also of William Coulter who died in Villa Franca, in the Province of Gallicia, the 16th of Feby 1809 aged 21 years. Also Susanna Mordoch, wife to John Coulter, who died 11th Nov 1844 aged 78 years. Also Margaret Coulter who died 13th Jany 1850 aged 52 years. Also Elisabeth Coulter, spouse to David Cowan, who died 10th May 1856 aged 60 years. Also their son Edmund who died 22nd Augt 1829 aged 18 moths."

I am interested in William Coulter Mordoch who died at Villa Franca in Gallicia, 16 February 1809 aged 21. The Gentleman's Magazine and Historical Chronicle for 1809 gives an account dated January 5th of a hospital at Villa Franca with 300 English sick and wounded. Also the routing of the English at Villa Franca by the French army under General Merle.

I can't think of any other reason why a 21 year old should die at Villa Franca at this time other than being a soldier. Any thoughts?
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A little more on the Mary Frances Cunninghame Davis who I was intrigued by on the John Davis grave. A quick Google search reveals of British War Medal up for sale back in 2015 for this lady who served with the QMAAC. Entries in the London and Edinburgh Gazettes pre-war confirm she was a telegraphist. I must dig some more!
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