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John and Rosanna
68th Regiment
Land Title
Crimea Medal – all clasps

NameAHERN – John
Regiment (s)68th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1554
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
26th August 1839 / 18 years / Cork Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 5¼ in
Fair / Grey / Dark Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationQuebec Canada – 3 years
Malta – 7 months
Turkey Crimea – 1 year 9 months
Ionian Islands – 1 year 4 months
East Indies – 3 years 5 months
Length of Service21 years 151 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeCorporal / 22nd January 1861 / Fermoy Cork Ireland
Campaign MedalsCrimean Medal with Alma Inkerman Balaklava and Sebastopol Clasps
Turkish Crimean Medal
Intended Residence at
Cork Ireland
Pension Districts1861 1st Cork
1861 Gloucester
1862 Bermuda (in transit)
1863-1889 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/6d per diem
1881 Increased to 2/0d per diem service in Enrolled Force
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
30th October 1862 Gravesend England (via Bermuda)
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
MERCHANTMAN 15th February 1863
Date/Place of Birthc1821 Somerstown Cork Ireland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
AHERN Patrick
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
MOONEY Rosanna
B c1820 Ireland
Date/Place of Marriage23rd August 1847 St. Paul’s Dublin Dublin Ireland
Children by 1st WifeMary Ann B 24th May 1850 bap St Mary’s  Limerick Limerick Ireland
M 1st MCKERNAN William 7th June 1867 Western Australia
M 2nd GREEN James 24th March 1870 Western Australia
M 3rd POLLITT James William 1883 Geraldton Western Australia
D 16th April 1913 Geraldton Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
11th November 1881 assigned North Fremantle Lot P61 Stirling Highway of
1 acre 3 roods 31 perches in exchange for a previous grant at Cockburn.
5th November 1883 Title application Title 6/42
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesInquirer and Commercial News Wednesday 25th January 1865 page 3, Wednesday 26th April 1865 page 2, Wednesday 26th January 1866 page 1 John Ahern and Camden Harbour
The Perth Gazette and WA times Friday 21st April 1865 page 2, Friday 12th January 1866 page 1 Camden Harbour
Departure from Western
Not Applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial25th November 1889 Geraldton Western Australia
Buried Geraldton Cemetery
Date/Place of Death/Burial
2nd August 1885 Fremantle Western Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 John Ahern 1554 Private 68th Foot Location Depot Ashton under Lyme
1851 John Ahern 1554 Corporal Depot 68th Location Birr
Discharge at own request having served upward of 21 years
Mrs Ahern age 43 received medical treatment during the voyage of the Merchantman.
The Surgeon superintendent gave both John and Roseanna a Very Good rating for their behaviour on the Merchantman.
John Ahern was one of the detachment of pensioners who volunteered to accompany the ill-fated expedition to Camden Harbour (600kn North East of Broome) in 1865. The detachment departed Fremantle 17th January 1865 aboard the Tien Tsin. John was accompanied by his wife Roseanna (sic) and daughter Mary Ann. He was favourably mentioned in despatches from the settlement.See EPG Gazette April 2005 Vol 6 No 2 re letter from Richard Daley to Sergt Conley dated 15th March 1865 conditions at Camden Harbour.
6th May 1882 John and his family are residing at No 2 barracks Fremantle.After the death of his wife in 1885 John went to live with his daughter and her family in Geraldton until his death in 1889.
John Ahern’s house at 66 Stirling Highway is on the National Trust Register of Heritage places