James Charlton arrived in New Plymouth as a gunner in the Royal Artillery. He is recorded as firing the first shot at the beginning of the Land Wars on 17 March 1860. He became a settler and in 1875, when the railway line to Waitara opened, he was the first porter. His second marriage was to Mrs Elizabeth Ibbotson. [1]

Inscription

 

In Loving Memory of

JAMES CHARLTON R.A.

Died 6th August 1899

Aged 70 Years

"Peace; Perfect Peace"

Also

of his First Wife,

MARY CHARLTON

Aged 36 Years

And Infant Daughter

who died 8th June 1860

And his Son

FREDERICK CHARLTON

Died 23rd May 1864

Aged 11 Years