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73rd Regiment Colours
South Africa Medal


NameBEW / BEWS – Abraham
Regiment (s)73rd Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 824
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
2nd April 1832 / 18 years / Bristol England
Description – Height
5 Ft 10½ in
Fresh / Hazel/ Brown / Letter D
Overseas Service/DurationGibraltar – 3 months
North America – 3 years 1 month
South America – 8 months
Cape of Good Hope – 7 years
Length of Service20 years 348 days
Rank/Date/Place of Discharge26th June 1855 Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsSouth Africa Medal 1853 2nd and 3rd Kaffir Wars
Intended Residence at
Jersey Channel Islands
Pension Districts1855 Jersey
1858 Plymouth
1859-1887 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0 per diem
1873 Increased to 1/3d per diem for 7 years 9 months service to the Enrolled Force
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
26th May 1859 Plymouth Devon England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
SULTANA 19th August 1859
Date/Place of Birthc1814 St Andrews Cardiff Glamorganshire Wales
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
William BEW a farmer
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
DRISCOLL Ellen (possible)
Date/Place of Marriage1845 1st Quarter Cardiff Glamorganshire Wales
Children by 1st WifeNone known
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
2nd WifeMAGRATH Ellen formerly FILBAY father Patrick Magrath a carpenter
B c1819, Ireland
Date/Place of Marriage8 April 1854 St Helier Jersey Channel Islands
Children by 2nd WifeNone known
Land Grants Western
Assigned (11th November 1881) and issued (29th August 1884) Perth Lot V154 (3 roods 5 perches) on corner of Arthur Street and Thomas Road West Perth adjacent to railway
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette and Independent News 19th February 1869 page 2
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial22 July 1887 (aged 80 years – does not tally with WO97) Perth Western Australia
East Perth Cemetery Western Australia  (Lot 438)
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1893 (Ellen Bew)
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationGarrison Court Martial 26 May 1835 for drunkenness and sentenced to 2 months solitary confinement. On 30th July 1835 a District Court Martial found him guilty of desertion and sentenced him to 3 months imprisonment with hard labour and to be branded with a “D”

In 1845 the 73rd Regiment sailed for Argentina en-route for the Cape Colony where they arrived in December 1846. They were deployed against the Xhora people near Butterworth along the Buffalo River. When the 8th Frontier War broke out 530 men of the 73rd were involved. In total 568 members of the 73rd were awarded the 1853 South African war Abraham Bew was one of them

1851 British Army World Wide Index Service No: 824
73rd Regiment of Foot
Location: Cape of Good Hope, South Africa

Reason for discharge:  Unfit for service, worn out, failing strength, chronic pain.

SROWA Cons 527/1885/2236 – Thomas Minorgan June 10 1885
Pensioner Bew’s wife is infirm and has not been able to leave her house for several years. She is in need of some assistance I beg respectively to recommend her for the ration daily out door relief. Approved 12 June 1885.
Bew is 73 years old and his wife is 63 – no children to assist them. Minorgan said Bew is an honest old fellow.