Camden Remembers
Soldiers' Memorial Macarthur Park
Following the French Revolution of 1789 the Napoleonic Wars that ran from 1803 to 1815 were a series of conflicts declared against Napoleon's French Empire and changing sets of European allies including Britain. As a young Colony under British rule at the time Australia wasn't involved in the wars, however later pioneering Britons to Australia were.

In researching her book 'If Gravestones Could Talk', Janice Johnson discovered three of those Pioneers buried in St. Johns Church Cemetery in Camden. We apreciate Janice's permission to use her work which has helped us compile the Camden Remembers Nepoleonic Wars data base.

DOUGLASS, Dr. Henry Grattan
Birth: 1790 in Dublin, Ireland
Arrived: on the convict ship 'Speke', Free 18 May 1821 in Sydney NSW
Death: 1 Dec 1865 in Douglas Park NSW
Burial: St. John's Church Cemetery Camden NSW
Service: Served as Assistant Surgeon with the 18th Regiment British Army          1809/10 in the Peninsular War and 1811 in the West Indies
Parents: Adam DOUGLASS and Ann EDWARDS
Spouse: Hester MURPHY
Marriage: 1812 in Dublin, Ireland
Children: Rev. Arthur DOUGLASS (abt 1814-1878)
               Emily Eliza DOUGLASS (abt 1816-1887)
               Mary DOUGLASS (-9 Jun 1868)
Dr. Henry Grattan DOUGLASS
DUNK, Jesse
Birth: 22 Apr 1787 in Battle, Sussex, England
Arrived: 'Florist', Free, 26 Oct 1839 in Sydney NSW
Death: 15 Jun 1860 in Cawdor NSW
Burial: St. John's Church Cemetery Camden NSW
Service: Served with the 39th Regiment of Foot British Army.
Honours: Awarded the Military General Services Medal 1848
Parents: John DUNK and Sarah BLUNDEN
Spouse: (1) Charlotte SELLINGS
Marriage: 6 Jun 1818 in Mountfield, Sussex, England
Children: John DUNK (25 Apr 1819-)
               William DUNK (25 Feb 1821-12 Oct 1901)
               Jesse DUNK (12 Jan 1823-5 Mar 1896)
               Sarah Anne DUNK (9 Jan 1825-15 May 1877)
               Martha DUNK (9 Jan 1827-1 Jul 1902)
               Thomas DUNK (30 Oct 1829-18 Apr 1896)
               Elizabeth DUNK (18 Mar 1832-9 Nov 1886)
Spouse: (2) Susanna SILVARIS
Marriage: 1836 in Mountfield, Sussex, England
Spouse: (3)Sarah HILDER
Marriage: 4 Mar 1858 in South Sydney NSW
Jesse DUNK
MARTIN, Alexander Commander R. N.
Birth: 2 Sep 1784 in Portsea, Hampshire, England
Arrived: Free 2 Sep 1832
Death: 7 Sep 1868 in Camden NSW
Burial: St. John's Church Cemetery Camden NSW
Service: Took part in the Battle of Trafalgar on board HMS 'Prince' on 21 October 1805.
Parents: John MARTIN and Mary
Spouse: (1) Henrietta Maria FULLAGAR
Marriage: 2 Sep 1816 in Chatham, Kent, England
Children: Alexander Smart MARTIN (19 Jun 1817-)
               John Benson MARTIN (abt 1819-2 Nov 1908)
               Edward George MARTIN (17 Jun 1821-6 May 1894)
Spouse: (2) Sarah SMITH
Alexander MARTIN R. N.
WILD, John (Lieutenant & Adjutant)
Birth: abt 1782
Enlisted 8 Jul 1797 2/48th Regiment of Foot, British Army
Marriage: Mary LYNCH, 16 May 1804 Mallow, County Cork, Ireland
Children: John Benton WILD (10 Nov 1806 - 26 Jun 1857)
Arrived: 30 August 1817
Death: 4 Mar 1834 'Vanderville' The Oaks NSW Australia
Cemetery: St Pauls Church Cemetery Cobbitty

John Wild enlisted in the 48th Regiment of Foot (Northamptonshire Regiment) on 8 July 1797 at the age of 15 years.
He was promoted to Quartermaster Sergeant and then to Quartermaster of the 2/48th on 22 June 1810 and served with the 48th during the Peninsular War.
He returned to England with the remains (from a total of 949 there were 623 killed, 276 wounded or captured leaving 50 men remaining) of the 2/48th following the battle of Albuera in Spain (16 May 1811), and was appointed Adjutant Ensign on 7 July 1814.

Lieutenant John Wild arrived in Australia as part of the Northamptonshire Regiment (48th Regiment) Contingent, under the command of Colonel James Erskine, on 30 August 1817 on the 'Lloyds', with him were his wife, step-daughter and son.
He was promoted eventually to Lieutenant on 3 March 1820 in NSW. Wild's main task as the 48th's Adjutant was to ensure that all drills and manoeuvres were carried out under the strict military guidelines of the time.
He was discharged from the Regiment on the 25 September 1822. Following his discharge he was appointed Principal Overseer of Government Stock at Cawdor. He was granted 2000 acres on Werriberri Creek near The Oaks which he named 'Vanderville'.

John Wild's step-daughter Margaret Edwards married Lieutenant Charles J Vandermeulen also of the 48th Regiment.
His great grandson Russell Valentine Wild was awarded the Military Medal in WW1.
John Wild
(photo The Oaks Historical Society

John Wild Grave