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34th Regiment Cumberland Colours


NameBAKER – Robert
Regiment (s)34th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 876
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
27th January 1831 / 17 years / Farnborough Suffolk England
Description – Height
5 Ft 10 in
Brown / Dark / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationNorth America 5 years 4 months
Length of Service16 years 341 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 26th February1849 / Boyle Roscommon Ireland
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Portsmouth England
Pension Districts1849 Portsmouth
June 1850 – March 1861 Western Australia
April 1861 – 1875 South 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 Birthc1814 Beccles Suffolk England
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
Not known
2nd Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
BARNES Catherine
B Not known
Date/Place of Marriage26th December 1842 St. Mary’s Portsea Hampshire
Children by 2nd WifeCatherine Letitia B 1843 Barracks Coventry Warwickshire England
Bp 19th May 1843 St Michael in the City of Coventry
M HOWE Thomas 16th February 1858 Champion Bay WA
D 10th May 1909 East Fremantle WA
Bur Fremantle Cemetery
Sarah B 1852 Fremantle Western Australia
M EASTER Alfred 16th August 1871 at the residence of Mr Baker Port Adelaide SA
D 21st July 1929 Rosewater Port Adelaide SA
3 children names unknown
William B 1855 Fremantle Western Australia
M MEAD Lucy 31st August 1881 Residence W. Mead Adelaide SA
Eliza B 1857 Fremantle Western Australia
M LEWIS George 10th August 1874 at the Residence of W. Lewis Portland Estate Port Adelaide
Thomas Wilkinson B 1858 Fremantle Western Australia
Frances Jane B 1860 Fremantle Western Australia
M GREEN James 5th April 1878 Residence of Mr Cotton Port Pirie Clare South Australia
D 19th November 1935 Fremantle WA
Father of 2nd wife
Date/Place of Birth
BARNES William
Mother of 2nd wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Assigned Lot 14 North Fremantle
Occupation after
Night Warder Convict Establishment 20th May 1851 to 10th June 1851
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette and Independent Journal of Politics and News Friday 5th April 1861 page 2 Passenger list Kestrel
The West Australian Friday 22nd November 1935 page 18 Obituary Frances Jane Green
Departure from Western
Left Western Australia 27th March 1861 with family for South Australia per Kestrel
Date/Place of Death/BurialD 16th February 1875 at Portland Estate, District of Port Adelaide South Australia (Ref: 63/423)
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 Robert Baker 867 (sic) Corporal 34th Ft Depot Dover Castle
Discharge due to varicose veins
Robert Curtis Gooch Baker was a widower and a sergeant in the 34th Regiment when he married Catherine Barnes in 1842. His WO97 records he was a sergeant from 12th October 1841-22nd January 1843 covering the period of his marriage.
Robert Baker requested that his sister accompany them on the voyage to WA but he was advised he would have to pay for her rations.
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 Robert Baker, Gentleman’s servant, 9d, 21st January, married 3 children.
1855 Robert Baker and his wife and 4 children are living at the North Fremantle village they are all Protestants
1st December 1874 Robert Baker was admitted to the (Royal) Adelaide hospital at the time he was a married man age 61, a Wesleyan living at Port Estate and working as a labourer. He said he was born in Suffolk and had arrived in the Colony (SA) 13 years previously on the Kestril (sic)
William also was admitted to the hospital on 6th March 1895 age 39. He was a married man and his religion was given as Primitive Methodist. His residence was Chas Street Padington and he worked as a blacksmith, born Western Australia and had been 35 year in the Colony and had arrived on the Kestral (sic).