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ATKINSON – Robert 87th Regiment

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87th Regiment Colours
Indian Mutiny Medal


NameATKINSON – Robert
Regiment (s)87th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1784
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
8th May 1844 / 19 years / Enniscorthy Wexford Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 9 in
Sallow / Hazel / Grey / Letter D left side (see Further Information below)
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 10 years 9 months
China – 1 year 1 month
Length of Service21 years 20 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeSergeant / 22nd August 1865 / Portsmouth Devon England
Campaign MedalsIndian Mutiny Medal
Intended Residence at
Castle Hill Cavan Ireland
Pension Districts1865 Cavan Carlow
1866 Chatham
July 1866-May 1867 Western Australia
1867 Melbourne
1867 New Zealand
1869-75 Chatham 2nd Dublin District
Pension Paid1/8d per diem
1886 increased to 27½d per diem for 15 years service as Messenger to Royal Engineers Office Dublin
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
7th April 1866 Portland Dorset England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
BELGRAVIA 4th July 1866
Date/Place of Birth1825 Camolin Enniscorthy Wexford Ireland
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
Not yet known
Date/Place of Marriage24th June 1861 Ferns Wexford Ireland
Children by 1st WifeNot yet known
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesInquirer 8th May 1867
The Herald 11th May 1867
Both articles relate to Atkinson and wife’s voyage per Emily Smith to Adelaide South Australia
Departure from Western
6th May 1867 to South Australia (see newspaper articles) per Emily Smith
6th June 1867 from Adelaide to Melbourne per Coorong with wife Mary
Date/Place of Death/Burial1899 Rathdown Dublin Ireland
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further Information1851 Muster & Pay List or Census Ferozepore, India [WO12-8992]
1861 Muster & Pay List or Census Returning from China [WO12-9001]
1865 Discharge – The letter “D” that marked Robert Atkinson’s body was for desertion (21st April – 13th May 1846). He subsequently served with distinction and received a campaign medal, 3 Good Conduct Badges and promotions (to Sergeant).
Discharge at own request
1869 On return to Ireland from Australia employed for 15 years as Messenger in Royal Engineers’ Office Dublin
Robert and Mary did not appear to have any children Mary had a son from her 1st Marriage who according to Robert’s change of residence form was in the army (1867)