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AHERN – Michael 17th and 8th Regiment

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17th Regiment Royal Leicestershire Cap Badge
8th Regiment
Indian Mutiny Medal with Delhi Clasp


Regiment (s)17th Regiment   3rd January 1840 – 31st January 1847
8th Regiment   1st February 1847 – 23rd July 1861
Regiment Number (s) 1479 – 17th Regiment
2637 – 8th Regiment
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
3rd January 1840 / 19 years / Cork Cork Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 7 in
Fresh / Hazel / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies  – 19 years 315 days
Length of Service21 years 184 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeCorporal / none given – Inquiry Gosport England on 8th July 1861
Campaign MedalsIndian Mutiny Medal 1857-1859 with Delhi clasp
Intended Residence at
Cork Ireland
Pension Districts1861 Cork
1862 Tilbury
1862-1896 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/2½ per diem Increased to 1/8 ½ 1878 reduced to 1/2 ½ when taken on the force in 1879 increased to 1/8 ½ in 1887 (This may have been a case of mistaken identity as there is no record of Michael serving in the Guard, however a John Aherne did.)
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
8th October 1862 Portland England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
YORK 31st December 1862
Date/Place of Birth1819 Shandon Cork Ireland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
AHERN Michael
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
1832  Poonah India
Date/Place of Marriage26th January 1847 Colaba Bombay India
Children by 1st WifeElizabeth  B  24th March 1849
bap  30th December 1849 Sind Bombay Hydrabad
M 1st  JANES  Robert 1868  Fremantle Western Australia – Royal Marines EPG arrived HOUGOUMONT 1868
M 2nd  McCALL  John 1874 Fremantle Western Australia – 68th Regiment EPG arrived CORONA 1866
M 3rd  REED  Robert (Convict 9552) 1868  Fremantle Western Australia
D 7th October 1887 Colonial Hospital Perth Western Australia
Alfred  B 20th January 1852
bap 30th January 1852  Deesa India
(He is not with the family in the 1861 Census)
Alexander  B 15th October 1855
bap 14th November 1855  Agra St. George  Bengal  India
M  BRUCE Catherine Jane 1896  Fremantle Western Australia
D 12th December 1907  Fremantle  Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Fremantle Cemetery Western Australia
Fanney  B 10th October 1857 Bengal India
bap 14th October 1857 Lahore Bengal, India
(Not with the family in the 1861 Census)
Frances (Fanny)   B 14th July 1861 Gosport Hampshire England
Buried 18th October 1864  Skinner Street Cemetery Fremantle Western Australia
Arthur B 1867 Western Australia
M LEADBEATER  Jane Not yet known
D 29th July 1899  Jarrahdale Western Australia
bur St. Patrick’s Cemetery  Skinner Street Fremantle Western Australia
Mary Anne  B 1864 Fremantle Western Australia
M  HUDSON  Robert 1884 Fremantle Western Australia
Stillborn   male B  1870 Fremantle  Western Australia
bur 1870  Fremantle  Western Australia
Maria  B 1873 Western Australia
M MONCRIEFF William Ellis 1898  Subiaco Western Australia
D 3rd April 1913 Subiaco Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
BUTLER  Edward
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Unknown Mary 1814-1845
Land Grants Western
Lot P231 Cockburn Sound  Willagee Swamp Western Australia
20 acres
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesWest Australian  Monday 31st July 1899  – page 4
Southern Times Bunbury  Tuesday 1st August 1899  – page 3
Western Mail  Friday 4th August 1899 – page 28 – accidental death of Arthur (Dotie ) AHERN
Western Mail  Saturday 21st December 1907  –  page 15 death and funeral of Alexander AHERN
Daily News Thursday 23rd January 1908  – page 15 – Alexander money to Catherine
West Australian Saturday 5th April 1913 –  page 14 – funeral Maria MONCRIEFF
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial7th May 1898 Fremantle Western Australia
St. Patrick’s Cemetery  Skinner Street Fremantle Western Australia
as Michael AHEARNE
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1882 Western Australia
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further Information1841 British Army World Wide Index – 17th Foot at Colaba
1851 British Army World Wide Index – 17th Foot Deesa (Camp) India
1861 British Army World Wide Index – 17th Foot Gosport Hampshire
Discharged to pension as an Indulgence and by authority dated Horse Guards 6th July 1861
1863 Paid a gratuity of £2 for acting as a warder on the voyage of the York
1861 UK Census RG 09/647/48 page 7 Alverstoke Gosport Barracks Hampshire
Michael AHERN, head of family, married, age 42, Corporal 1/8th Regiment born Ireland
Mary AHERN, Wife, 29, born Poonah East Indies
Elizabeth AHERN, daughter, 12, born Karrachee East Indies
Alexander AHERN, son, 5, born Agra East IndiesFurther research shows Mary Butler was born and baptised 1833 in Sydney New South Wales (St. Philips) where her father was stationed with the 17th regiment between 1831&1836. A further 2 children were also baptised at St. Philips, Sydney, Edward in 1831 (born at sea) and Eliza in 1835.
Eliza Married Edward Pedder of the 22nd regiment on 10th August 1848 at Poona, India, future brother-in-law Michael Ahern was one of the witnesses at the wedding.

Edward Butler born 1831 (at sea) was attested for the 16th Lancers on 24th October 1845 age 14 years at Meerut.
He served 14 years and 181 day of which 17 years and 5 months were in India.
He was discharged on 21st April 1874 with a pension of 2/0 ½
His intended residence was C/- Mr G. Liddell, Feltham reformatory Hounslow
British Army Worldwide Index
1851 Private 1578 Location Hounslow
1861 Trumpeter 1578 location Hounslow
1871 Sergeant 1578 Bangalore India
A single man he appears in the 1881-1901 Censuses living in the London area but disappears after that.
Edward and Mary Butler had a further five children all of whom died at young ages
Thomas born 27th November 1837 at Poona Bengal buried 21st July 1839
Margaret twin of Thomas buried 12th August 1839
James born 9th February 1840 Poona Bengal buried 10th May 1847 Ahmednagar Bombay
George born 21st July 1842 Poona buried 2nd August 1844 at Ahmednagar Bombay India
William born 12 March 1844 Ahmednagar buried 20th July 1844 Ahmednagar Bombay