James Digby

James Digby, born in Braintree, Essex, was a Corporal with the Columbia Detachment of the Royal Engineers who were in the Colony from 1858 to 1863.  He was accidentally killed in a hunting accident near the Royal Engineers Camp in 1860.

James Bown Digby born 1833, died in hunting accident 1860.  His dog jumped into the boat on the Fraser River and the shotgun discharged, hitting James.  He placed a wad of tobacco on the wound to draw out the pellets.  Died later of the wound.

 --By Lorraine Harris, granddaughter of Charles Digby. (Sources include Charles Digby's daughter,
Mrs. Belinda Digby Spear.)

Below we see the oldest gravestone in the Fraser Cemetery but it was not always here. Fraser started in the period 1869/70 and this marker (and possibly Digby’s remains) was moved from its original site about 1908. Digby was buried in a small cemetery which was located near Dufferin Street and Agnes Street and used as a cemetery for only a couple of years. This cemetery was finally closed and “emptied” in 1908 and the land used for other purposes.

Information courtesy of: A Virtual Tour of the Fraser Cemetery,
New Westminster, BC

The above picture was taken circa 1880.  The fellow to the right of the stone is James' brother Charles.
The gravestone below reads, "Sacred to the Memory of Corp. James Digby Royal Engineers, who departed this life of the 3rd of February, 1860, age 27 years."

In the above left image, you can see  writing on the gravestone, near Charles' knee.  It reads "W. Hall, Mason, R. E.

The gravestone in both pictures is one in the same.
As a Corporal, Digby's Regimental Pay per Diem would hav ebeen 2s. 2 1/2d. plus Working Pay per Diem of 1s. to 4s.