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BENNETT – Standish O’Grady 10th Regiment

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10th Regiment Lincolnshire Badge
Sutlej Medal (1845/6) with clasp for Sobraon
Punjab Medal with Goojerat & Mooltan clasps


NameBENNETT – Standish O’Grady
Regiment (s)10th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 631
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
20th September 1828 / 18 years / Cork City Cork Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 10 in
Sallow / Grey / Fair / None
Overseas Service/DurationIndia – 7 years (estimate)
Length of Service21 years 331 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 13th August 1850 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsSutlej Medal (1845/6) with clasp for Sobraon
Punjab Medal (1848-9) with clasp for Mooltan and Goojerat
Intended Residence at
Cork Ireland
Pension Districts1850 1st Cork
1851 Limerick
1853-1854 Western Australia
1858-1875 Melbourne Victoria (may have been earlier but did not receive pension before 1858)
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
June 2 1853 Kingstown, Dublin, Ireland
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
PHOEBE DUNBAR 30th August 1853
Date/Place of Birthc1810 Ballyhooly Fermoy Cork Ireland refer WO 116: Disability and Out-Pensions, Admissions Description Piece 058: 1850 (Cavalry and Infantry)
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
BENNETT Standish O’Grady
B c1776 Limerick Ireland
D 7 February 1846 Toronto Canada
“Formerly of Tankerville County Cork” – Irish Poet
Date/Place of Birth
SHERLOCK Margaret (Father possibly re-married as Mother is Mary on Death Certificate)
B c1771 Ireland
M c January 1807, Kilpeacon Church, Limerick Ireland
D c1811 Cork Ireland
SiblingsElizabeth bap 23rd January 1809 Ballyhay (possibly Ballyhooly) Cork Ireland, FHL 962669
M 1st STORY Richard 10 Feb 1831 Kilfinnane, Limerick Ireland
M 2nd CATHGARD William Not yet known – Speculative Marriage / Death
D 5th June 1889 Ontario Canada bur Sutherland Cemetery
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
B c1818 Not yet known
Date/Place of Marriagec1841 unknown location
Children by 1st WifeMary c1841 England (tentative)
D 29th November 1842, aged 1½ years  Fort William Calcutta India
Andrew B 19th August 1843 Fort William Calcutta India
Eliza B c1850 Ireland (tentative)
D 1858 Victoria Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
2nd WifeMAHER Mary (possibly the sister of EPG Thomas Maher of 35th Regt given permission by WO to sail on the Phoebe Dunbar)
Date/Place of Marriage12th October 1853 St Patrick’s Church Fremantle Western Australia
Children by 2nd WifeEllen B 1857 Melbourne Victoria Australia
D 1875 Melbourne Victoria
Elizabeth B 1859 Melbourne Victoria
D Not yet known
Standish or Thomas B 1861 Melbourne Victoria
D 1864 Victoria
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Appointed Night warder Convict Establishment 14th August 1854 dismissed 18 August 1854 as ‘generally inefficient’
Newspaper ArticlesAdelaide Times  13th July 1854 page – 3
Departure from Western
Pension paid in Western Australia until September 1854 then deserted from Force: pension reinstated in Victoria in 1858. Not known when and how left Western Australia
The Fergus sailed from Fremantle on 16 September 1854 to Melbourne (rough passage -stopped Adelaide to pick up supplies) arrived Melbourne 6th October 1854 had a S. Bennett age 40 as a passenger and also a female passenger Bennett age 31
Date/Place of Death/Burial25th February 1875 Melbourne Hospital Victoria
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1st Wife
12th July 1853 on board the “Phoebe Dunbar” (from Phthisis)
Date/Place of Death/Burial
2nd Wife
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army, Worldwide Index:
1841 Standish O’G Bennett 631 Private 10th Foot location Manchester & Newcastle
Invalided to England 1st May 1850. (Kevin Asplin)
Discharge due to Chronic ophthalmic and impaired constitution
Shortly after the sailing of the Phoebe Dunbar Mary Bennett the wife of Standish O’Grady Bennett died from phthisis on 19th May 1853.
SO Bennett received medical treatment for a wounded leg August 10th 1853 on board the Phoebe Dunbar.
Deserted from the Force WA August 1854
Used aliases Patrick MAHER and John RYAN in Victoria: imprisoned 17th July to 7th November 1860