Details for BALMER John
CemeteryChurch of England
Location on the Modern Grid MapE15 01
Inscription on TombstoneSacred to the memory of John BALMER, of the Band of HM 65th Regt, aged 19 years and 6 months. His death was caused by the bite of a shark when bathing in Lambton Harbour on the 22nd day of January 1852. "Thou mourner dry that thoughtless tear, and gaze upon the dead, Tis but a bier: no earthly spirit lingers there, On wings of light to heaven tis fled! This tablet is erected by his comrades of the Band as a last tribute of respect to one who was much esteemed by them. Also to the memory of his nephew, John SPEAKMAN, son of Warn & Elizabeth SPEAKMAN, Serge HM 65th Reg, who departed this life 14 July 1855, aged 1 year and 6 months.
Description of GravePlot with incised inscription on a 3-piece slab of stone laid flat but raised and secured recently.
Date of Death or Burial*22 Jan, 1852
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Type of Record Burial
Age19 years 6 months
BiographyThis bandsman of the 65th regiment was a young and fit sportsman who would often swim considerable distances offshore. He died in the jaws of 4 or 5 metre shark in Lambton Harbour on Wellington Anniversary Day 1852. (The grave is #44 on the Bolton Street Cemetery Memorial Trail Map)