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BENSON – Michael 34th Regiment

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34th Regiment Cumberland Colours
Death Notices
NameBENSON – Michael
Regiment (s)34th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1496
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
10th December 1838 / 21 years 2 months /Templemore Tipperary Ireland
Description – Height
6 Ft 1 in
Fresh / Blue / Dark Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationMediterranean – 3 years 8 months
Length of Service10 years 307 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 13th November 1849 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Dublin Ireland
Pension Districts1849 1st Dublin
1851 Tilbury Fort
1853-1897 Western Australian
Pension Paid6d per diem – Temporary for 2 years 6 months until 6th June 1852
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
13th March 1851 Portland England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
PYRENEES 28th June 1851
Date/Place of Birth25th September 1816 Lanesborough Longford Ireland
Date/Place of Baptism29th September 1816 Cashel Longford Ireland
Date/Place of Birth
c1788 Rathmore Meath Ireland
13th July 1856 Summerhill Meath Ireland
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
31st March 1815 St. Mary’s Limerick Limerick Ireland
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
BOURKE Margaret aka Mary
c1810 Kilkenny Ireland
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeThomas B c1837 Ireland
SamuelB 8th August1838 Freshford Kilkenny Ireland
M DONOVAN Bridget 2nd November 1866 St. Patrick’s Adelaide South Australia
D 7th June 1931 Helmsdale South Australia
Richard  B c1839 Not yet known
William B c1841 Kent England
M MATHERS Mary Ann 1873 Sydney New South Wales
D 14th July 1910 Leedervile Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
John B January 1849 Dublin Ireland
M FINLAY Mary Ann 31st December 1870 Trinity Congregational Church Perth Western Australia
D 6th March 1924 Perth Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Mary Jane B c1851 Not yet known
M McMAHON Michael 1870 Perth Western Australia
D 22nd June 1885 Wellington Hotel Perth Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Michael James B 1853 Western Australia
M McCAFFREY Mary Ann Sarah 1886 Perth Western Australia
D 26th September 1930 Belmont Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Purchase of Perth Town lots E28 for £6 and X8 also for £6 (Inquirer Wednesday 12th October 1864 page 2)
Occupation after
1851 Warder at Convict Establishment resigned 1852
March 1853 Joined the Police Force. Lock up keeper Perth Resigned 3 December 1870.
1st January 1874 appointed Gaoler Fremantle resigned 17th May 1881 (Ill health)
His wife Mary was matron Perth lock up from 1st March 1853 resigned 3 December 1870
1st January 1874 Appointed Matron Fremantle Gaol resigned 17th May 1881.
Newspaper ArticlesThe Daily News Monday 8th November 1897 page 2 Funeral of Michael Benson
The West Australian Tuesday 9th November 1897 page 4 Obituary Michael Benson
Western Mail Saturday 25th January 1902 page 9 Obituary for Margaret (sic) Benson
The Advertiser and Register (Adelaide) Tuesday 9th June 1931 page 13 Obituary Samuel Benson
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial5th November 1897 Forrest Avenue Perth Western Australia
Church of England Section East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
19th January 1902 Victoria Park Western Australia
Catholic Section East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Will or ProbateSROWA Cons 3458 1897/157
As Michael died without making a will his eldest son Samuel and heir at law applied for Letters of Administration on behalf of his mother Margaret and his brothers William, Michael and John. The estate was valued at £2080/11/2
SROWA Cons 3403 1902/069 Will of Margaret Benton. Margaret left all her worldly goods to her son Samuel and appointed him executor. It consisted of a mortgage valued at £300.
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 Michael Benson 1496 34th Foot location Depot Dover Castle
1841 Census HO 107 Michael Benson is a soldier with the 34th regiment living at Dover Castle Kent with his wife Margaret and children Thomas age 4 Richard age 2 all born Ireland and an unnamed male child age 1 born Kent
Discharge due to rheumatism and periostitis (Periostitis is a medical condition that makes sufferers experience a mild ache in the lower leg area after activities like running and jumping)
Both Michael and Margaret Benson received medical treatment during the voyage of the Pyrenees. Michael was treated for febricula for 11 days.
Michael Benson requested an increase in pension (local) for both himself and his wife in 1881 and again in 1894 both times he stated that the amount was too low for the 28 years they had served the government and had resigned though illness aggravated by the damp and uncomfortable living quarters furthermore he had suffered sun stroke while doing his duty as a bailiff. The amount of the pension per annum was £5/16/8 for Michael and £2/18/4 for his wife.
On both occasions the result was a refusal as the broken periods of employment were not taken into consideration and “Benson’s case was fully considered at the time. We have done all for them that the law permits”.