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Claremont Pensioner Guard Village October 2010 and July 2011 EPG Gazette

2nd Dragoons – Royal Scots Greys – A mounted soldier, his field cap, collar badge, shoulder strap, bearskin headdress badge (back) and field cap badge…
John Robert Atkinson
Ann Atkinson nee Graham
John Atkinson Discharge Papers – Provided by Lou Kidd
Regiment (s)2nd Dragoon Guards
Regiment Number (s) 335
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
21st September 1830 / 19 years 3 months /  Manchester Barracks Lancashire England
Description – Height
6 Ft  0½  in
Fair / Grey / Sandy / None
Overseas Service/DurationNone
Length of Service18 years 5 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate/ 2nd November 1847 / Newbridge
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Wigton Cumberland England
Pension Districts1848 Carlisle
1850-1874 Western Australia
Pension Paid9d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
4th March 1850 Portsmouth Hampshire England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
SCINDIAN 1st June 1850
Date/Place of Birth1811 Kendal Westmorland England
Date/Place of Baptism26th July 1812 Kendal Westmorland England
Date/Place of Birth
c1790 Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
12th August 1811 St Oswalds Grasmere Westmorland England
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
bap 11th March 1818 St Lawrence Appleby Westmorland England
Date/Place of Marriage25th December 1843 Heversham Westmorland England
Children by 1st WifeJames Maitland B 14th November 1844 England
M YORK Frances 7th March 1868 Gingin Western Australia
D 31st December 1908 Mogumber Western Australia
bur Gingin Cemetery Western Australia
Richard B 18th March 1849 Warcop Westmorland England
M BICKNELL Elizabeth 25th April 1867 Perth Western Australia
D 29th August 1901 Roebourne Western Australia
bur Roebourne Cemetery Western Australia
Annas Graham B 1st July 1851 Freshwater Bay Western Australia
M BRIGGS George Henry 28th March 1880 Perth Western Australia
D 30th July 1943 Claremont Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Agnes B 2nd September 1852 Freshwater Bay Western Australia
M REEVE Richard 26th November 1870 Fremantle Western Australia
D 3rd August 1942 Leederville Western Australia
bur Wesleyan Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Robert B 3rd November 1854 Freshwater Bay Western Australia
M 1st  BROWN Mary Jane 22nd July 1880 Perth Western Australia
M 2nd RONAN Agnes 1888 Western Australia
D 2nd August 1936 Cottesloe Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section  Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Margaret B 20th February 1857 Freshwater Bay Western Australia
M PURSER Jacob York 8th December 1878 Bindoon Western Australia
D 6th June 1945 Moora Western Australia
bur Moora Cemetery Western Australia
John B 15th January 1860 Freshwater Bay Western Australia
M JANES Emma Mary 22nd April 1891 Chittering Lake Church Western Australia
D 22nd June 1939 Claremont Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Esther (Hester) B 31st May 1863 Freshwater Bay Western Australia
M 1st HANHAM Francis William 1886 Fremantle Western Australia
M 2nd KING William 16th December 1891 Chittering Lake Church Western Australia
Partner GALLOP Frederick
D 27th September 1950 North Fremantle Western Australia
bur Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Annie Henderson Graham B 1866 Claremont Western Australia
Partner William RILEY
D 3rd July 1913 Cottesloe Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
UNKNOWN Isabella
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Granted December 1850 Locations 9 and 16 Freshwater Bay
Butlers Swamp P236 9.20 acres and P249 of .2 acres on Certificate of Title
Occupation after
Farmer at Butler’s Swamp Claremont Western Australia
Newspaper ArticlesThe West Australian  27th October 1900 – page 4 – Funeral notice for wife
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial26th November 1874 Perth Western Australia
Church of England Section East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
26th October 1900 65 Fitzgerald Street North Perth Western Australia
Church of England Section East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Will or ProbateSROWA Cons 3403 1901/057
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 John Atkinson 335 Private 2nd Dragoons Guards location Edinburgh and Sheffield
Discharge due to chronic rheumatism
After the arrival of the Scindian at Fremantle Captain Henderson wrote a report listing the rank name, trade or calling, rate of pension, date of enlistment for 5 months service, marital status, and number of children for each pensioner. Sometimes the trade of calling differed from that recorded at the time of attestation.
Private John Atkinson, saddler, 9d, 17th January, married, 2 children
18th August 1857 Lt. Col Bruce requested John Atkinson be granted Fee Simple for land at Freshwater Bay as he had served 7 years in the Enrolled Force
31st May 1867 John Atkinson reported a double barrelled gun had been stolen from his premises on 29/30th supposedly by the absconders Graham AN5 Fremantle Police Cons 419 Item 2
In October 1867 Agnes and Annas Atkinson gave evidence in the stabbing of Thomas McMullen by Josiah Penny at Butler’s Swamp. The Perth Gazette and West Australian Times Friday 4th October 1867 page 2
On or about 26th November 1874 John Atkinson wrote a will without naming an executor leaving all his real and personal estate to his wife Ann for her life and after her death the estate was to be divided between all his children. This will was eventually lost and towards the end of his widow Ann Atkinson’ life their daughter Agnes Reeve took legal action on behalf of her siblings against their eldest brother. The jury which was held on 8th and 9th July 1900 appointing Agnes Reeve Administratrix upheld by the full court on 2nd May 1901. The value of the property at Swan Location P236 of 9 acres 2 roods and 4 perches was £800 there being no other assets.Descendants Maskew Family
See also Private Archives Battye Library (Acc 5325A under MN1758) the papers and documents of John Atkinson