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 James Cawte

James Cawte

Birth
Twyford, City of Winchester, Hampshire, England
Death 12 Oct 1919 (aged 70)
Port Pirie, Port Pirie Regional Council, South Australia, Australia
Burial Port Pirie, Port Pirie Regional Council, South Australia, Australia
Plot 168
Memorial ID 68515313 · View Source
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James Cawte, son of Stephen Cawte, was born in 1849 at Cornwell, Southampton, England. As a very young boy James joined the Royal Navy and worked as a "Powder Monkey" aboard the Royal Navy ship "Vincent"; loading gunpowder into his ship's cannons. Eventually, his ship was either damaged or sunk, while in the waters of the United States during the American Civil War; resulting in his discharge from the Royal Navy in 1860. It was then he began working as a gunner in the Confederate Army.

Cawte is said to have been actively engaged with the Confederate Artillery at the Battle of Gettysburg, a turning point in the Civil War that saw the injury, death or capture of some 44,000 soldiers and having shipboard experience, he was later transferred to the Confederate Navy. James Cawte has not yet been found on the National Park Service registers and information relied upon comes from family descendants like his great grandson Barry Kenyon of Gilberton, later descendants and oral history.

After the war Cawte was said to have again returned to the sea and like many others ended up migrating to Australia. He is said to have resided at Balmain, a suburb of Sydney, New South Wales before eventually settling down in South Australia. He had been attracted to the copper mines around Wallaroo, South Australia and being so poor they could not afford transportation, the family was said to have walked all the way from Adelaide to Wallaroo; a distance of some 97.6 miles.

James Cawte died on October 12, 1919 at seventy-four years of age and was buried on October 24, 1919 in the family plot in the Common Protestant 1 Section of the Port Pirie Cemetery; grave number 2, plot 168; where his two daughters had settled.


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  • Created by: James Gray
  • Added: 17 Apr 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 68515313
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Cawte (16 Jun 1849–12 Oct 1919), Find A Grave Memorial no. 68515313, citing Port Pirie Cemetery, Port Pirie, Port Pirie Regional Council, South Australia, Australia ; Maintained by James Gray (contributor 47018862) .