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BESWICK / BESTWICK / BESTNICK – Frederick R 39th Regiment

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39th Regiment
Turkish Crimea Medal


Crimean War Medal
Bronze Star for Battle of Maharajpoor 1843
Land Application  Cockburn Sound Willagee Swamp lot 175


Regiment (s)39th Regiment
Lancashire Militia from 17th  November 1865
Regiment Number (s) 1783 and 473
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
Enlisted 22nd October 1842 age 14 years 2 months as per British Civil Service Evidence Of Age
3rd December 1860 /  32 years 4 months / St. George’s Bermuda (WO97-1512-13)
Description – Height
5 Ft 10.1/8 in
Sallow / Brown / Dark Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 4 years 106 days – 26th October 1842 to 6th February 1847
Gibraltar – 234 days – 19th April 1854 to 8th December 1854
Crimea – 1 year 144 days – 9th December 1854 to 30th April 1856
Canada – 3 years 155 days – 1st May 1856 to 2nd October 1859
Bermuda – 123 days – 3rd October 1859 to 2nd February 1860
Bermuda – 3 years 251 days – 3rd December 1860 to 10th August 1864
Length of Service21 years 36 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeSergeant / 28th July 1868 / Kinsale Ireland
Campaign MedalsCrimean War Medal
Turkish Crimean Medal
Bronze Star
Four Good Conduct Medals
Intended Residence at
Lancaster England
Pension Districts1868 Preston
1868 Birmingham
1869 Chatham
1869 Birmingham
1871 – 1891 Western Australia
Pension Paid1868 Increased to 1/8d per diem to be applied from admission to pension
1881 Increased to 2/0d per diem for service in Enrolled Force
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
6th October 1870 London England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
STRATHMORE 29th January 1871
Date/Place of Birth22nd August 1828 Tilbury Fort Essex England
Date/Place of Baptism21st September 1828 St James West Tilbury
Date/Place of Birth
Occupation Soldier / Drummer
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
MOORE Mary Anne
C 1837
Date/Place of MarriageJune 11 1857  Anglican Garrison Church, Montreal, Québec, Canada
Children by 1st WifeRichard Frederick born 1862, Bermuda (deduced)
bap 1872 St. Patrick’s Church Fremantle Western Australia
M OATEN Elizabeth Ann 1883 Fremantle Western Australia – daughter of OATEN Samuel – 13th Regiment arrived “Naval Brigade” 1874
D 19th May 1932 Fremantle Western Australia
Robert John Birth registered1864 December Quarter in Farnham, Surrey, England
M HOWSON Rachel 1888 Fremantle, Western Australia
D 3rd May 1946 Perth Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
George Thomas Birth registered 1870 March Quarter in Aston, Birmingham, England
(Fremantle Blacksmith)
M FITZPATRICK Mary Ann 1894 Fremantle Western Australia daughter of EPG Michael Fitzpatrick
D 24th May 1939 Claremont Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Peter B 30th December 1872 Fremantle Western Australia
bap 28th January 1873 St. Patrick’s Church Fremantle Western Australia
D 1874 Western Australia buried Skinner St Cemetery
Martha Louisa aka Lucy B 13th October 1874 Fremantle Western Australia
bap 23rd October 1874 St. Patrick’s Church Fremantle Western Australia
James Fintan B 17th February 1877 Fremantle Western Australia
bap 4th March 1877 St. Patrick’s Church Fremantle Western Australia
M HOPKINS Ida Blanche 1905 Fremantle Western Australia
D Jan 12th1961 Claremont, Western Australia
Buried Fremantle Cemetery
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
Cockburn Sound Willagee Swamp Lot 175
20 acres
Title Application 31st January 1884 Title issued 16th June 1884
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette 3rd February 1871 – Shipping Intelligence
The Inquirer and Commercial News Wed 5 Aug 1891 page 5 Funeral Notices for Frederick Beswick
Daily News, Tuesday 10 April 1894, page 2 Richard Frederick Beswick Deposition
Departure from Western
Not Applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial5th August 1891 Fremantle Western Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1st Wife
1879 Western Australia age 42
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1851 Frederick Bestwick (sic) 1783 drummer and fifer Location Newry
1861 Frederick Beswick 473 39th Foot Location Bermuda
21st August 1880 Although Frederick Beswick’s name was on the Nominal list for the Enrolled Guard Colonel Harvest considered him unfit for duty. He is living in the No 2 Barracks Fremantle with 4 of his children his wife having died in 1879.
1881 The Staff Officer recommended Sergeant Beswick for employment as a railway gate keeper, porter or watchman
21st November 1881 Sergeant Beswick was in charge of No 2 Barracks Fremantle when his son James and 3 other lads played a prank on the schoolmaster James Teapler that resulted in a slanging match between Mr and Mrs Teapler and Sergeant Beswick. After the inquiry they were all advised if there were any further antics of this nature they would all be evicted from the Barracks. Peace seemed to have reigned as they were still living in the barracks in 1882