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6th Regiment
17th Regiment Royal Leicestershire Cap Badge


NameBROWN – Thomas
Regiment (s)6th and 17th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 666 – 6th Regiment
1728 – 17th Regiment
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
6th May 1826 / 20 years / Coventry Warwickshire England
Description – Height
5 Ft 7 in
Sallow / Grey /Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 20 years 2 months
Length of Service21 years 164 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeColour Sergeant / 12th October 1847 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNot yet known
Intended Residence at
Ipswich England
Pension Districts1847 Channel Islands
1850-1880 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/10d per diem increased 16th April 1850 to 2/0d per diem
Further increase refused 1873 as he was already receiving the maximum rate
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
22nd July 1850 Portland Dorset England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
HASHEMY 25th October 1850
Date/Place of Birthc1806 Warsall l Staffordshire England
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
BROWN Thomas
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
YORK Amelia
Not yet known
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
Possible 1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
BENSON Sarah (widow) b 1816
Not yet known
Date/Place of Marriage27TH October 1833 Deesa Bombay
Children by 1st WifeThomas b 14th November 1834
Bp 1st February 1835 Deesa Bombay India Father Thomas Brown Sergeant 6th regiment mother Sarah. Thomas Brown “aged 10” was treated for dyspepsia during the voyage of the Hashemy
George b 4th January 1837
Bp 22nd January 1837 Colaba Bombay India Father Thomas Brown Sergeant 6th regt mother Sarah
Henry b 17th July 1839
Bp 11th August 1839 Colaba Bombay Father Thomas Brown C/Sergent 6th regt mother Sarah
James B 27th August 1842
Bp 18 September 1842 Kirkee Bombay India Father Thomas Brown Sergeant 17th regt mother Sarah
Jane B 30th April 1845
Bp 9th June 1845 Ahmeduggen Bombay India D aged 1month 21days buried 21st June 1845 Ahmeduggen Bombay India
Father both B&D Sergeant 17th Foot mother Sarah

Thomas Brown was 6th regiment Corporal 1829-1830, Sergeant 1830-1835, C/Sergeant 1835-1836, Sergeant 1836-1839 and C/Sergeant 1839-1842
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
2nd Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
SMITH Catherine
B 24th January 1824 Limerick Ireland
Date/Place of Marriage24th November 1851 Fremantle Western Australia
Children by 2nd WifeSusanna B 7th October 1852 Fremantle Western Australia
M TICHBON Henry 1879 Perth WA
D 1887 Western Australia
Sarah B 10th June 1855 Serpentine Western Australia
M MUNRO James 25th December 1873 Fremantle Western Australia
D 4th February 1881 Fremantle Western Australia
Catherine Margaret B 1857 Serpentine Western Australia
M SIMPSON Joseph 1888 Fremantle Western Australia
D Not yet known after Mother’s 1901 death
Thomas b 1857 Serpentine Western Australia
D Not yet known after Mother’s 1901 death
Robert George  B 21st July 1859 Serpentine Western Australia
M SMITH Alice Maud 21st June 1882 Fremantle Western Australia
D 29 March 1939 Palmyra Western Australia
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Thomas Brown was employed as a night warder from 19th July 1851 but he kept falling asleep and was allowed to resign 25th July 1852
Newspaper Articles The West Australian  Sat 1 Apr 1939 Page 16 Obituary son Robert George
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial1880 Fremantle Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1st Wife
June 1845 buried 1st July 1845 age 29 Ahmeduggen Bombay India (“wife of Sgt Brown of 17th Regiment”)
Date/Place of Death/Burial
2nd Wife
July 5 1901 “Female Home” Murray Street Perth Western Australia
Bur Fremantle Cemetery
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 Thomas Brown 666 Colour Sergeant 6th Foot location Aden on Detachment
Discharge due to being worn out and with a chronic coughShortly after the arrival of the Hashemy Captain Bruce challenged Sergeant Thomas Brown as to his conduct not only of the voyage as Sergeant Major in Charge of Pensioners but his subsequent behaviour. Thomas Brown admitted he was suffering from debility and was unable to continue in the Enrolled Force.
He wrote to Captain Bruce requesting to be dismissed from the Local company as he was suffering debility from long service in tropical ‘clines’ and having to care for his two children.
14th November Captain Bruce wrote to the Colonial Secretary requesting His Excellency sanctioning the removal of Sergeant Brown’s name from the effective roll.
Following an investigation whereby several of the other pensioners on the Hashemy (Baskerville, Trayhorne and Campbell) gave evidence regarding his behaviour on the voyage his name was removed from the roll but in view of his military service and Good behaviour medal his pension was not affected. SROWA Cons 36 Volume 207 pages 175-186
Thomas Brown was a subscriber to the Pensioners Benevolent Fund
Ceased to draw pension in 1875 – MS James “A Superior Body of Men”
In 1881 the widow of Sergeant Thomas Brown applied for a grant of land however it was refused as he had a grant assigned to him previously which was resumed because he made no improvements in 7 years. SROWA Cons 31 1881