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BOURKE / BURKE – Patrick 52nd Light Infantry

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52nd Regiment Oxfordshire Badge
NameBOURKE / BURKE – Patrick
Regiment (s)52nd Light Infantry
Regiment Number (s) 787
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
5th April 1832 / 19 years / Waterford Ireland
Description – Height
6 Ft 0 in
Fair / Hazel / Black / None
Overseas Service/DurationGibraltar – 2 years 5 months
West Indies –  3 years 5 months
North America  – 5 years 4 months
Length of Service21 years 36 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeCorporal / 10th May 1853 – Board of Inquiry Dublin 28th April 1853
Campaign MedalsNot yet known
Intended Residence at
Not yet known
Pension Districts1853 Chatham
1854 Deptford
1854 Chatham
1854 Deptford
1856 Portsmouth
1856 Chatham
1857 Salisbury
1862-1868 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/4d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
8th October 1862  Portland England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
YORK  31st December 1862
Date/Place of Birth1813  Cashel Tipperary 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
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeJohn P b 1852, Limerick, Ireland
Bp 16th August 1851 St Michael’s Limerick city Ireland
Francis I b 1854, Maidstone, Kent, England
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
Not applicable
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesNot yet known
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial30th June 1868 Western Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further Information1841 British Army Worldwide Index – Patrick is with the 52nd at Berbice and Demerara (now Guyana – this was British Guiana from 1838 to 1966)
1851 British Army Worldwide Index – Patrick is with the 52nd at Limerick Ireland
Discharge: Having been appointed to serve on the Militia Staff and by Authority dated Adjutant General’s Office, Dublin 13 April 1853 Good efficient soldier, trustworthy, sober and seldom in hospital.
1861 Census RG 9 135/137/32 Clifton Road Portland Dorset
Patrick Bourke, Head, Married, age 47 Pensioner, born Tipperary Ireland
Sarah E Bourke, wife, married , 40, laundress, born Tipperary Ireland
John P Bourke, son, single, age 9, scholar, born Limerick, Ireland
Francis I Bourke, son, single, 7, scholar, born Maidstone
More Road Portland, Dorset:
On 28th September 1861 Patrick Bourke wrote to the Secretary of State for the Colonies offering his services as a guard on the next Convict ship sailing to Western Australia. He stated he was a former Corporal in the 52nd regiment with a pension of one shilling and 4 pence per day. He was married with 2 children aged 10 and 8 years who would not be able to accompany him due to the short notice. The application was approved and he sailed to Western Australia on the Convict transport Runnymede leaving his wife and 2 sons in England. It does not appear that the family joined John in Western Australia before his early death in 1868