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BRANNAN / BRENNAN / BRANNION – Edward 31st Regiment

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31st Regiment Huntingdonshire Colours
Crimean War Medal
Turkish Crimean War Medal
Regiment (s)31st Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 2728
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
March 1855 (deduced) / 18 years / Not yet known
Description – Height
5 Ft 6 in
Fair / Blue / Brown / Severe wound in groin and upper left thigh
Overseas Service/DurationCrimea – 7 months
Length of Service1 year 6 months
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 21st October 1856 / Not yet known
Campaign MedalsCrimean War Medal
Crimean Turkish Medal
Intended Residence at
Manchester England
Pension Districts1856 1st Manchester
1859-1864 Western Australia
1865-1876  South Australia
1876-1894 New South Wales
Pension Paid8d per diem
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 Birthc1837 Salford Manchester Lancashire England
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
UNKNOWN Catherine
Not yet known
SiblingsMargaret b 1843 Manchester England
James b 1846 Manchester England
1st WifeLEWIS Alice
B c1842
Date/Place of Marriage13th February 1859 St Wilfred’s RC Church Hulme Manchester England
Children by 1st WifeWilliam John (Brannon) B 24th June 1860 Fremantle Western Australia
D 8th December 1885 drowned at Girilambone New South Wales
Mary (Brannan) B 7th September 1861 Fremantle Western Australia
D Not yet known
Alice (Brannion) B 1863 Fremantle Western Australia
D Not yet known
Margaret (Brennan) B 1865 Adelaide South Australia
D 1921 Drummoyne New South Wales
bur 22nd November 1921 Rookwood Cemetery  (Zone C Section 05)
Norah (Brennan) B 1867 Adelaide South Australia
D Not yet known
Edward (Brennan) B 2nd May 1869 Adelaide South Australia
D 22nd February 1933 Parramatta New South Wales
bur 23rd February 1933 Rookwood Cemetery (Zone C TT plot 34)
Catherine B 16th September 1871 Adelaide South Australia
D Not yet known
Ann (Brennan) B 11th December 1873 Gawler South Australia
D Not yet known
James A. (Brennan) B 1877 Redfern New South Wales
D Not yet known
Arthur Lewis (Brennan) B 1880 Redfern New South Wales
D 7th November 1918 Sunta Wentworth Road Strathfield New South Wales
bur Rookwood Cemetery (Section 5 Row 44 Plot 6405 646)
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
LEWIS William
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
NSW Engine driver
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette and Western Australian Times Friday 28th October 1864
Sydney Morning Herald 21st December 1885 page 1 Death William John
Bathurst Free Press & Mining Journal (NSW:1851-1904) 16 December 1885 page 4
Sydney Morning Herald 27th August 1914 page 8 Death Edward
Sydney Morning Herald 2nd January 1917 page 5 Death Alice
The Labor Daily (Sydney, NSW) Saturday 25th February 1933 page 6 Death Edward Jnr
Departure from Western
24th October 1864 left with wife and 3 children for South Australia per “Europa”
Date/Place of Death/Burial26th August 1914 Sunta Church Street Croyden New South Wales
bur Rookwood Cemetery (Section 5 Row 44 Plot 6405 646)
Date/Place of Death/Burial
21st January 1917 Lynwood Melford Street Hurlstone Park New South Wales
bur Rookwood Cemetery 22nd January 1917 (Zone C Section 5 Plot 6405)
Will or ProbateNone known
Further Information1855 Discharge due to severe wound minor action at Sebastopol 29 August . Incontinence of urine due to severe wound on the groin and upper part of left thigh.
The name Brannan is recorded in most of his Army papers but seems to have been more commonly Brennan in Australia.
1864 Edward Brennan (sic) nominated his siblings James age 18 and Margaret age 21 as Government Immigrants, Edward gave Father Newton of St Mary’s church Manchester as a reference.
In December 1885 Edward Brennan gave notice of his intent to apply for the letters of administration for the estate of his late son William John Brennan, however, William had made a will on 25th October 1882 whereby he left all the money in his Government Savings Account and his books and personal effects to his youngest brother Arthur Brennan.
Arthur Lewis Brennan also made a will on 4th June 1915 whereby he left all his estate and personal effects to his sister Margaret (spinster) who resided at the same address. The value of the estate was £382.
From the obituary for his son William in 1885 it appears Edward worked for the New South Wales Railways as an engine driver also mentioned in William’s will, and his sons William and Arthur Lewis followed his example: Arthur as a clerk. Son Edward was the Press Secretary for the Parramatta Central branch of the ALP.