Family Grave to Solider who died in New Zealand

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Family Grave to Solider who died in New Zealand

Postby StephenC » 07 Mar 2010 15:07

Captain Arthur Richard Close, fell in action in 1865 in Nex Zealand, he is buired in New Plymouth New Zealand.
This is his family's grave in Deansgrange cemetery, Co. Dublin
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Re: Family Grave to Solider who died in New Zealand

Postby Rural53 » 28 Dec 2013 09:38

I'm in New Plymouth today so I had a look for the actual grave of Captain Close.

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It is in the early part of the cemetery with other graves of, I assume, the 43rd Regiment.

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One of the small markers has a 43rd plaque.

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The other small markers have individual names.

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The rest of the names are:
2069 Cpl. G. Goddard
Pte. John Holohan
346 Pte. F. Pratt
800 Pte. W. Lancaster
694 Pte C. Cash
119 Pte. A. Robson
2639 Pte G. Abbott
2989 Sgt. M. Clifford

The other two large head stones are for:
Trooper James Curran, 7 Div A.C. (Armed Constabulary)
Pte Joseph Wheeler, T.B.R.
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Re: Family Grave to Solider who died in New Zealand

Postby colsjt65 » 29 Dec 2013 01:25

Thanks for that. I didn't have his middle name (Hart's only says Arthur R. Close) or his age at death.
Which cemetery is that? It doesn't look like St. Mary's. I'm sure I would have remembered seeing the 43rd graves.

Just looked at Taranaki Herald - 'Corporal Hanaghan' was killed in the same skirmish and buried the day after Captain Close - wonder where he is.

Just checked 43rd regiment history - it was Private John Hallohan - TH got it wrong!
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Re: Family Grave to Solider who died in New Zealand

Postby Rural53 » 29 Dec 2013 09:05

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It is Te Henui Cemetery on the corner Lemon Street and Watson Street, in East End. To find these graves, enter off Watson Street and park in the first carpark.

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Walk down the driveway, just before the bottom of the dip there is a path on the left that goes down into a gully, across a small stream and comes out at the 43rd graves. If you walk uphill from the 43rd graves and up the steps there is a grave of Henry Bally Esq. a Lieutenant in the 70th (I think that is what it reads) KIA 2 Aug 1865.
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Re: Family Grave to Solider who died in New Zealand

Postby crimea1854 » 30 Dec 2013 21:09

I was unable to find Bally on the medal roll, but his service record is available as a free download from the National Archives, and this confirms his death on Aug 2 1865 http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details/AddtoBasket?iaid=C178083 (pdfs 42 & 43)

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Re: Family Grave to Solider who died in New Zealand

Postby colsjt65 » 31 Dec 2013 07:46

Lieutenant Henry Bally (70th Regt.) Killed in action 2 Aug. 1865, aged 24, near Warea, Taranaki.
[Taranaki Herald] - “shot while in command of the rear guard— the fatal bullet entered his side and causing almost instantaneous death; He was a deserving officer, and very much respected by all who knew him.”

Was a member of a patrol of 215 men of 43rd and 70th regiments sent out to hunt down those who killed Captain Close.

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Re: Family Grave to Solider who died in New Zealand

Postby colsjt65 » 01 Jan 2014 10:37

Now you've shown me where to look, I've found the New Plymouth cemetery search site (http://www.newplymouthnz.com/CouncilAtoZ/CemeteriesAndCrematorium/CemeterySearch.htm).

I see Captain Thomas William John Lloyd (or most of him) is buried at Te Henui as well. Killed in action at Te Ahuahu 6 April 1864, aged 37 years - head severed and displayed by Hauhau for recruiting. They did eventually get it back, so maybe they interred it with the body. Must check.

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