The British War Grave

While hiking at Sandy Hook looking for the old Nike base, I came across this unusual grave. On December 31, 1783 a British warship floundered & sank off the coast of Sandy Hook. Its 1st Lieutenant, Hamilton Douglas Halyburton, and 12 of his crew died just off the coast in a bad storm. They were buried at what would eventually become Sandy Hook. What strikes me as being so weird is that here we have a grave of what was at the time, a foreign enemy, buried here on American soil. Now I’m not suggesting that we ship his remains back to Britain, but how weird would it be if an American soldier was buried in Iraq?

5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Dr. John Cubbage, Ed.D. on May 29, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Did you find the Nike Base? I used to watch the rockets going up and down on their elevators from the corner fence post on my uncle’s farm that was just west of the Base. The Nike Base was located off Sleepy Hollow Rd. and Normandy Rd. in the area of what now is Verranzano Dr. north of Kanes Lane. After the explosion at the Base, a branch of the community college held classes there. I was in 3rd grade at Fairview Elementary School when the base exploded.


  2. Posted by Jersey Guy on August 5, 2009 at 4:05 PM

    “Now I’m not suggesting that we ship his remains back to Britain, but how weird would it be if an American soldier was buried in Iraq?”

    There are 24 permanent American burial grounds on foreign soil. Presently there are 124,909 U.S. war dead interred at these cemeteries, 30,921 of World War I, 93,238 of World War II and 750 of the Mexican War. Additionally 6,177 American veterans and others are interred in the Mexico City and Corozal American Cemeteries.



    • Posted by lostinjersey on October 18, 2009 at 6:41 PM

      thanks for the info, I didnt lnow that, though upon thinking about it, I knew that actually, jsut forgot. But aren’t those burial sites in countries that were pour allies though?


  3. Posted by Travis on March 19, 2009 at 8:13 PM

    The Bailiwick of Jersey is a British Crown dependency off the coast of Normandy, France. As well as the island of Jersey itself, the bailiwick includes the nearly uninhabited islands of the Minquiers, Écréhous, the Pierres de Lecq[7] and other rocks and reefs. Together with the bailiwick of Guernsey it forms the grouping known as the Channel Islands. The defence of all these islands is the responsibility of the United Kingdom. However, Jersey is part of neither the UK nor the European Union; ra


  4. Posted by John on March 19, 2009 at 7:33 PM

    I stumbled on your site when I was searching for information on Hamilton Douglas Halyburton. I have a fair amount if info and wanted to see if I could find any additional biographical material. The so-called grave on Sandy Hook is not a grave at all but simply a memorial marker put up in 1937 or 1938 when the King and Queen of England sped through from the Red Bank train station on route to their ship at the end of Sandy Hook.

    The remains are actually buried in the National Cemetery at Cypress Hills in Brooklyn. The reliance on the “Lost Lieutenant” is misleading. It’s really about 99% fictional rubbish, so far does it stray from the facts. You can check out all that I say here by reference to George Moss’s book Nauvoo to the Hook. It may not be available in your part of NJ since it is especially Monmouth county history. Well, I guess I’ll not find more about the unlucky Lieut. since he died at age 20 or so and did not live long enough to establish a biographical identity. Had he not perished and had his mother not had a burial vault constructed with a suitable marker he probably would not have been known at all, outside of the family.


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