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4th Regiment
Alcock Murder Trial


NameALCOCK – Andrew
Regiment (s)4th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 995
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
8 September 1831 / 18 years / Birmingham Warwickshire England
Description – Height
5 Ft 9 in
Sallow / Grey / Brown / Scar on forehead above right eye
Overseas Service/DurationNew South Wales – 5 years 4 months
East Indies – 10 years 5 months
Length of Service21 years 56 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 23rd November 1852 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNone Found
Intended Residence at
Worcester England
Pension Districts1852 Worcester
1855 Gloucester
1856 Oxford (pension ceased September 1857 – May 1859)
1859-67 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
26th May 1859 Plymouth Devon England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
SULTANA  19th August 1859
Date/Place of Birthc1813 Bromsgrove Worcestershire England
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
Did not marry
Date/Place of MarriageNot applicable
Children by 1st WifeNot applicable
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not applicable
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not applicable
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesThe Perth Gazette Friday 12th July 1867 page 3
The Herald Fremantle WA  1st June 1867 page 2
Inquirer & Commercial News Perth WA 10th July 1867 page 3
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial7th May 1867 North Fremantle Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not applicable
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationThe British Army recorded his name as Allcock.
Andrew Allcock arrived in New South Wales early in 1832 he was sent to the convict settlement at Norfolk Island where he remained until 1835 when he was sent to the Moreton Bay convict establishment until the regiment was ordered to India. He departed New South Wales on the Recovery on 19th December 1837 bound for Madras India where he served a further 10 years and 5 months.1841 British Army World-wide Index
Andrew Allcock (sic) 995, Corporal 4th Foot
Location Bellary, Madras
1851 British Army World Wide Index
Service No: 995 Location: Devonport
1851 UK Census HO 107/1881/7 Stoke Dameral, Devonport, Devon Mt Wise Barracks: Andrew Alcock, Soldier, unmarried, 37, born Bromsgrove, Worcester.
1852 Reason for discharge: Worn out by length of service in tropical climate, lumbago and declined activity
In 1856 Andrew Alcock’s pension ceased as he had re-enlisted under the alias of Robert Radcliffe in 1855, however he was re-enrolled on the pension list in 1859.
4th July 1867 EPG William Johnston also arrived on the Sultana, was found guilty of the manslaughter of Andrew ALCOCK at Fremantle on the 7th May 1867. Andrew had been living with William Johnson and his wife at North Fremantle when for an unknown reason Johnston shot him in the back, prior to the shooting they had mostly been on friendly terms. At the trial it was thought it may have been when he was cleaning his gun but that theory was discounted. Freely admitting his guilt Johnston was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 6 years penal servitude – see newspaper article on this page.