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BATLEY / BATELY – Richard 8th and 86th Regiment

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8th Regiment
86th Regiment
Indian Mutiny Medal Central India Clasp

1887 Suicide News


NameBATLEY / BATELY – Richard
Regiment (s)8th and 86th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1681 – 8th Regiment
1771 – 86th Regiment
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
1st October 1839 / 17 years 3 months / Ludlow Shropshire England
Description – Height
5 Ft 8 in
Fresh / Grey / Light Brown / Bullet wound on back of head
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 16 years 11 months
Length of Service21 years 51 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 20th December 1861 / Templemore Tipperary Ireland
Campaign MedalsIndian Mutiny Medal with central India clasp
Intended Residence at
Carlow Ireland
Pension Districts1861 Carlow
1863 Tilbury
1863 – 1887 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
1878 Increased to 1/5½d per diem for service in the Enrolled Pensioner Force in Western Australia
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
15th March 1863 Portland Dorset England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
CLYDE 29th May 1863
Date/Place of Birthc1821 Carlow Carlow 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
KELLY Margaret
1834 Ireland
Date/Place of Marriage1861 Carlow Ireland
Children by 1st WifeElizabeth Susannah B 4th April 1863 at sea aboard the “Clyde”
M WOODS William 1884 Western Australia
D 9th August 1938 Perth Western Australia
bur Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Martha Ellen B 1864 Fremantle Western Australia
M HILLIARD Henry Francis 1886 Western Australia
D 15th September 1944 Perth Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Mary Ann B 1866 Fremantle Western Australia
D 3rd July 1866 Fremantle Western Australia
bur Skinner Street Cemetery Fremantle Western Australia
Margaret B 19th July 1867 Fremantle Western Australia
D 22nd June 1933 Subiaco Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Sussanah B 13th February 1870 Fremantle Western Australia
M GIBBS Fred John 1897 Western Australia
D 31st October 1936 East Cannington Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
17th December 1883 granted Perth Lot 25/H
3 roods 12 perches Hay street Perth
Title Application 9 November 1883 Title 6/47
Occupation after
1868 Assistant Warder (Fremantle) and Warder (Rottnest)
1878 Messenger for the Colonial Treasury
10th March 1883-29 February 1884 appointed temporary assistant warder Rottnest at £70 per annum dismissed because of reduction in number of prisoners. SROWA Cons 527/1884/0572
Newspaper ArticlesWestern Australian Times Friday 28th December 1877 – page 2 Marther (Sic) Batley
Inquirer and Commercial News Wednesday 9th February 1887 – page 4 Marriage of Martha
Western Mail Saturday 8th October 1887 – page 37 (Battley)
The Daily News Wednesday 1 November 1899 page 2 Funeral notice Margaret Batley
The West Australian 28th February 1935 page 9 Mrs Hilliard reminiscences about the pearling industry and her life in the North-west.
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial6th October 1887 Perth Western Australia
Presbyterian Section East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
31st October 1899 Perth Western Australia
Presbyterian  Section East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army worldwide Index
1841 Richard Batley 1681 Private 8th Foot Depot location Guernsey
1851 Richard Batley 1771 Private 86th Foot location Poona
Disabled by musket wound to the back of his head at Jhansi 3rd April 1858
Discharge at own request having served 21 years.
From the funeral notice for Margaret Batley is appears she worked for the WAGR
Verdict of suicide 1887 made by Perth Police Court inquest into Richard BATLEY’s death

6th October 1887 Letter to the Colonial Secretary: I regret to report for His Excellency’s Information an attempt to commit suicide on the 1st instant by Pensioner Batley the messenger and caretaker in the Imperial pay department, he with a revolver shot himself through the head, the bullet has been extracted but there is little hope of his recovery
SROWA Cons 527/1887/3615
Further Information: 24th October 1887 Margaret Batley wrote to the Colonial Secretary requesting a room at the Barracks as her husband had left her in very needy circumstances. She was refused as the Barracks were required by the police.
SROWA Cons 527/1887/3802