Poignant poem on a Family Grave Prior to emigration to Australia

In the research for writing my Family history book I came across this gravestone in Heversham churchyard, Cumbria, England. It is a relative of my wife who was leaving Cumbria for a new life in Australia back in 1866. She was to join her son who had gone out there in advance. Sadly, she died the day before departure and she never saw her son. Her husband, daughter and son in law made the trip the next day despite their loss. Her daughter was ill on the voyage and badly cared for by the ship’s crew and she died on arrival in Australia. It was a poignant tale and a surprising find for the family. My ancestry book is entitled A BULLET FOR LIFE and is a tale of military exploits and there is a very heartwarming ending to all the misery.

I have reproduced the poem below written by her husband Paul DeRome who settled in Australia.

‘Twas on the eve of leaving

This native home of mine

To join a loving son

In a far distant clime

But by death was overtaken

This race of life was run

It was God’s will that I should go

So farewell, farewell dear son

Published by Neal Atherton

My passion is writing about travel and particularly French travel. I have traveled extensively in France and wine and food has always featured on my travels and now in my books. My friends always await our return from France with the latest new finds from the vineyards and I was more than happy to keep sampling. I am from Lancashire in the north of England but have now relocated to Somerset (nearer to France) and able to enjoy devoting my time to writing and new discoveries. France came late to me as a destination, in fact so conservative was my travel upbringing that it was a long time before I even ventured to Cornwall. I have more than made up for the slow start and have enjoyed helping many others with their travel plans to France and especially to Paris and Provence. I have written a series of four books on France - Three are now on Amazon:THE FIRST TIME WE SAW PARIS about our first steps in French Travel, THYME FOR PROVENCE our discovery of that glorious region and the people and places we met and discovered, A DREAM OF PARIS a personal memoir of our times in Paris with friends. France has been fun, we have been burgled on our very first arrival, we discovered the best cafe that changed our travel lives on the very next day, we learnt about French wine, we escaped from the most horrendous gite, we found the best of gites, B & B's and people, we laughed and cried with dear friends in Paris, I was hosed down by a crazy owner to cool me down in Provence, our breakfast in a remote village was served by the French army, we stepped totally out of our comfort zone and discovered the best of French culture. The experiences are varied and many and please come with me as I retell the stories and my footsteps are there to follow. I am also writing about ancestry and genealogy and my first book about our incredible family story themed around war and the military is now on Amazon - A BULLET FOR LIFE. I love the English game of cricket, golf, soccer, photography, walking and cooking. Oh, and travel of course.

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