Round about 1896 two old cemeteries in Cape Town were closed down due to the expansion of
Cape Town. The one was opened in 1755 in the days of the Dutch East India Company and the
other in the 1820's for members of the Anglican Church. Round about 1921 the
cemeteries were entirely demolished, the bones reinterred at Woltemade Cemetery. In both
cemeteries many Anglo-Indians were buried, a number were military officers and Civil
Servants. This was in the days before the opening of the Suez Canal when vessels on their
way from or to India touched the Cape. In 1907 the C. Graham BOTHA M.A., L.L.D. made notes
of some of the inscriptions which are given below.
AYTOUN, Andrew, 1st Lieut. H.M.S. Brave, third so of William AYTOUN, b. 10 Aug 1773, d. at
Cape of Good Hope 17 Dec 1799 after a constant service of 14 years without a day's
BEAVER, Philip, Captain H.M.B, Ship Nisius after a short but painful illness, which he
bore with his characteristic firmness, closed an enterprising and virtuous life on 5 Apr
1813, aged 48
BOILEAU, John Peter, Colonel, Bengal Horse Artillery, b. 27 Nov 1787 d. 6 Mar 1838
CAMPION, George, Cornet in H.M. 9th L. Dragoons, d.20 May 1841
CLAIDEN, Susanna, wife of Mr. John, Provost Marshal of the Cape of Good Hope, d. 17 Jul
1799 aged 36
DALRYMPLE, Mrs. Margaret who died on her passage from India to Europe on 4 Jan 1809, aged
30. Erected by her husband, Major Samuel D of the Madras Artillery
DENNIS, George Hamsen, Lt. Col 43rd Infantry, d. 15 May 1821 aged 57, b. West Indies,
Deputy Barrack Master General
GRAHAM, John Lt. Colonel d. 17 Mar 1821, 13th Infantry, a military officer of distinction
after who Grahamstown is named. See Burke's Landed Gentry, 1917, Monument in
Grahamstown erected by his numerous friends from esteem and affection for his memory aged
HALL, John, Bengal Civil Service, d. 15 Apr 1820 aged 59, b. London, Postmaster General
HARRISON, William, M.D. Surgeon 6th Foot, d. 28.Sept 1824, aged 46
HUSSEY, William M.D. resided 14 yrs as Inspector of Military Hospitals in the Cape Colony,
d. 15 Sep 1821 aged 56, b. County of Staffordshire.
HUTCHINSON, Thomas Frederick, 20th Regt. Bengal N.I, d. 22 Apr 1831
JOHNSTON, William, C.B. Lieut. Col H.M. 26th Foot, d. at sea off Cape of Good Hope, 10 Oct
1842 aged 54
LAWFORD. Frederick Alexander, son of Col. L. Madras Engineers, Lt. Bengal Infantry and of
Hodson's Horse and Probyns Horse, b. at Bangalore, Madras, Pres. 20 Apr 1832, d. at
sea off Cape of Good Hope 12 Feb 1861. He served at the capture of Lucknow and Pekin.
LINDSAY, Philip Yorke, Bengal Civil Service, 2nd son of Bishop of Kildare, d. 16 Dec 1833
LUSON, Joseph, Agent H.E.I.C., d. 17 Jan 1822 aged 39 .
MACKENZIE, Charles, Capt. H.B.M. 74th Regt. d. 28 Jan 1800 aged 30
MACKENZIE, Lewis, Capt. d. 23 Nov 1811, aged 44. Capt Cape Regiment, b. Isle of Lewis,
MACKENZIE, Thomas, Lt. 13th L. Drags. d. 4 Jun 1824 in his 22nd year after a long and
MACKRILL, Dr. Joseph, d. 5 Aug 1820, b. Kinston, Surrey
MACLACHLAN, Alexander, Esq., Surgeon H.M., 49th Regt., d. Scotland, 11 Sept 1824, aged 42
MILLER, George Esq. , Major H.B.M. 14th Regt. This gallant officer received a severe wound
on 26 Aug 1811, whilst leading a Division of H.M.'s Troops in their celebrated and
successful attack upon the enemy's entrenched camp at Cornelis, in the Island of Java.
The fever of the climate complicated what the sword began. He died in this town on his
return to England, 12 Jul 1812, b. England aged 37
PALMER, William, B.A. Late Chaplin Bengal Presidency, d. 3 Nov 1842 aged 72
PERRING, Jackson, Barrister-at-law, Inner Temple, 8 years Deputy King's Advocate at
Ceylon, d. 7 Dec 1837, aged 37 on board the Palmyra on his passage home.
PETRIE, Frederick, Capt. 60th Regt. d. 5 Dec 1824 aged 48, b. Hessin Cassel
PLOWDEN, Richard Chincheley, Hon. C's Bengal Service, d. 14 Jul 1825, b. Bengal aged
PONTARDENT, David Esq., Proctor H.M. Court of Vice-Admiralty in this Settlement, d. 26 May
1825 aged 59
PRESCOTT, Lieut. Stephen, 5th Regt. Madras N.I., d. on board ship "Fairlie" 7
Mar 1830 aged 25
PRESGRAVE, Duncan, Lt. Col. Bengal Army, d. 11 Jul 1841, aged 56
SALE, "Beneath this stone reposes all that could die of Lady S." d. 4 Jul 1853
aged 66, a day or two after arrival of vessel in Table Bay
STURT, Auchmuty Ashley, Capt. Bengal Army, b. Cannamore on Malabar Coast 10 Nov 1810 d. 15
Jun 15 Jun 1852
SWINTON, George Melville Esq., Madras Civil Service, eldest son of Samuel S. SWINTON,
Berwickshire, d. 24 Oct 1853 aged 39
TAYLOR, Robert Burton, Esq., Bengal Civil Service, d. 13 Jun 1849
VAUGHAN, Lt. Col. Edward, d. 20 Jul 1833, aged 40. There is also a mural tablet in St.
George's Cathedral erected by officers and soldiers of 98th Regt. to the memory of
WARDEN, Diana wife of Francis W. Esq., Chief Secretary to Government Bombay, d. 28 Oct
1816 aged 36. The beautiful marble sarcophagus executed by Chantrey has been preserved at
WARDEN, Ellen Maria wife of John W. Esq., of Civil Service at Bombay, eldest daughter of
Major General Sir Lionel SMITH, K.C.B., died at sea 1 Oct 1820
WATKIS, Thomas, Lieut. R.A. d. 29 Apr 1828 aged 35
WETHERALL, Elizabeth, wife of Major General Frederick Augustus W. d. 31 May 1809 aged 43
WILLOUGHBY, Edward, Major 18th Regt. Bombay N.I. d. 20 May 1841, in his 39th year.
SOURCE: General History and Social Life of the Cape of Good Hope
by C. Graham BOTHA, M.A., L.L.D.
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Researching: HENWICK; HILL; HORN(E); MEREDITH; DEYZEL; LARSEN; WILSON;
LYNAR; HENNING; STERLEY; THECK; BEST; BRAUN, GREENER; GLANVILLE.