Old Royal Navy Burial Ground Halifax – William Batchell

As promised – here is a name recovered by research

      Batchell, William

      Able Seaman

      HMS Atholl

      died Apr 20, 1822

William Batchell was a sailor aboard the Atholl – nothing is known of how he died.  The Atholl was a 28 gun 6th-rate post ship (or corvette) built in 1820.

No marker for this man exists today.

I have been unable to find this sailor on any online genealogical websites.

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4 thoughts on “Old Royal Navy Burial Ground Halifax – William Batchell

  1. Great images.

    I’m building the wikipedia article. Any changes or additions welcome. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Navy_Burying_Ground_(Halifax,_Nova_Scotia)

    1. hi – nice start on the site!

      I have been researching the grounds for about 4 years, and have about 115 pp of text on the field’s history. I’m glad someone has taken the initiative to draw attention to this forgotten location.

      I believe that there are actually 2000-3000 internments here – much more than the recognized 600 on the plaque outside the field. As well, I strongly believe that this should be a National Historical Site, but I really didn’t get the feeling from the Navy brass I spoke with that this was something that they wanted to sponsor. DND has had the responsibility to maintain these grounds since 1905, but as you can see that many of the stones are degrading significantly.

      You do know that you are allowed to visit the site?

      I am planning to write a book about the site, but your work may preclude that (my own fault!), but I do plan to continue researching the ships, the physical history and dead of the yard.

      If you find info on my blog useful, please feel free to reference!

      Chris

      1. William Thanks for feedback.  I’m almost done the wiki site.   I added a lot of images of gravestones today.   I think a book is .a great idea.  Along with the book, I think there could be a great academic article as well for the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society Journal.  I’ve published with them – If I can help with the book publishing or an article, please let me know.  The only thing I didn’t find that I wanted to was the name of the admiral buried in the burial ground.  If you have it and don’t want to share until its published, I completely get it.   I had the same thought re: National Historic Site – did you approach Rick at the museum with the idea.  It is terrible that it is such a neglected heritage site.   Do you have multiple blogs on the burial ground, I just saw one?   Tod Scott.Halifax. 

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      2. You are referring to Admiral Tomes – who I don’t believe ever existed as a true naval rank ‘admiral’. I believe it may have been a nickname. In my records (I have about 1000 names), there is no early record for this stone. Look closely at the writing on the stone – it seems odd…

        Tks for the advice.

        I know Rick well – a great guy, and very, very helpful.

        The yard isn’t a heritage site yet, but I still think it should better maintained.

        Your email is a great kick in the ass. I need to get back at it. If I decide not to publish, I will send you a draft for review and use.

        Chris

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