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BROWN – William 64th 17th and 78th Regiments

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17th Regiment Royal Leicestershire Cap Badge
78th Regiment Highlanders Colours
64th Regiment Colours
Persian War Medal
Indian Mutiny Medal w Lucknow Clasp


BROWN – William
Regiment (s)64th, 17th and 78th Regiments
Regiment Number (s) 649 –  64th Regiment
1475 – 17th Regiment
2927 – 78th Regiment
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
31st December 1839 / 18 years / Cork Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 6 in
Fresh / Hazel / Black / None
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 20 years 9 months
Length of Service21 years 142 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 27th August 1861 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsPersian Campaign 1856/7
Suppression of the Bengal Mutiny 1857-8 with clasp for the defence of Lucknow
Intended Residence at
Cork Ireland
Pension Districts1861 Cork
September 1863 Tilbury
1863-1886 Western Australia
Pension Paid9d per diem increased 18th January 1881 to 1/2d per diem for service to Enrolled Force in Western Australia 
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
23rd September 1863 Portland Dorset England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
LORD DALHOUSIE 28th December 1863
Date/Place of Birth1821 St Mary’s Shandon Cork 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
Not yet known
Date/Place of Marriage6th April 1862 St, Patrick’s Cork City Cork Ireland
Children by 1st WifeMary B 25th May 1863 Cork City Cork Ireland
Bp 26th April 1863 St. Mary’s Cork City Cork Ireland
D Not yet known
Patrick William B 8th March 1865 Fremantle Western Australia
D Not yet known
Eliza B 13th January 1867 Perth Western Australia
Aged 8 years was admitted 8 November 1874 to the Roman Catholic Orphange. She left on 11 November 1880 to go into service at Champion Bay.
M 1 PELL George 1884 Irwin District, Western Australia
M 2 JUDD Alfred John Perth Western Australia
D 1904 Perth Western Australia (death registration notes parents as William –  and Anna Maskell)
Helen B 16th May 1868 Perth Western Australia
D Not yet known
Henry B 20th August 1869 Perth Western Australia
D Not yet known
Martha b 1870
aged 3 years 6 months was admitted to the orphanage 13 June 1874. She left 19 December 1881 to go to her mother in Champion Bay.
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
2nd husband of wifeTAYLOR William
Date/Place of Marriage to 2nd husbandNo marriage registered in WA Indexes
Children by 2nd husbandHannah Taylor B 1883 Canning Western Australia
Anne B Unknown
M JUDD Alfred John 1905 Perth
Widower of Eliza Brown
D 21st March 1960 age 77 Perth Western Australia (death index notes parents as William and Ann)
Bur Karrakatta Cemetery
Land Grants Western
Granted Y270 1 Acre (The third block from the corner of Leeder and Wanneroo Roads on left hand side between Leeder and Vincent streets). Title application made  17/10/1883
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette & WA Times 15 May 1874 page 3. Hannah Brown the wife of a pensioner was charged with being drunk and disorderly, discharged with caution as she had a child in her arms.
West Australian Times
25 December 1874 page 3. William Brown, a pensioner, on remand charged with stabbing his wife, Hannah Brown, a woman of exceedingly depraved habits, was committed to prison for 1 month.
The Western Australian Times
2 April 1875 page 6. Wm Brown, a pensioner, appeared to answer a complaint made by the relieving officer to the effect that he, Brown, had not contributed to the maintenance of his 2 children, who are in the Roman Catholic orphanage, for 107 days at 1s a day. The prisoner promised he would by the end of the month take them out of the orphanage. He was ordered to pay £1 at once, and to take the children out of the orphanage at the end of the month.
Western Australian Times,
6 April 1875 page 3. Wm Brown, Pensioner, Drunk & incapable, sentenced to prison for 21 days. The 11/- in his possession given towards the maintenance of his children in the orphanage.
The Daily News, 4 October 1886 page 3. An inmate of the Mt. Eliza Depot named William Brown passed over to the great majority this morning. The deceased, who was a member of the old Pensioner Force, had been admitted into the institution on the 29th December 1883, and died at the age of 50 (?) from the effects of debility.
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial4th October 1886 Mt. Eliza Depot Perth Western Australia
Burial not known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further Information1841 British Army World Wide Index. Location: Woolwich & Bolton
1851 British Army World Wide Index. Location: Aden, Yemen
Discharge due to Time expired and worn out from length of service in India
Convicted at Freemantle (sic) on 14 June 1873 of stealing one pair of lasts (2/-) and 2 pairs of slippers (1/4). Sentenced to 3 months imprisonment during which time his pension to be suspended 23-9-73.
9th January 1874 William Brown was charged with deserting his five children and leaving them without the means of support. Imprisoned for 2 months and his pension stopped and applied towards his children’s maintenance in the Poor House while he was undergoing his sentence.Convicted at Perth police Court on 4 December 1874 of assaulting his wife and sent to prison for 1 month – and again on 14 January 1875 of being drunk and incapable for which he was sent to prison for 21 days – Half pension suspended and rest to children during imprisonment 4-5-1875.SROWA Cons 36 Volume 777 page 71
Letter from W. Dale poor House dated 9 January 1874
Sir, I have the honor to report for your information, I have charged Wm Brown, pensioner, before EW Landor Esq. with deserting his five children now in Poor House and leaving them without the means of support he was sentenced to 2 months imprisonment.
I beg to ask if his pension can be stopped; and applied towards his children’s maintenance while he is undergoing his sentence.
Col Harvest instructed Bt. Major Finnerty to pay the Local Government the man’s pension towards the support of his 5 children in the Poor House during his imprisonment.
Cons 527/1883/0486
On 7 November 1883 William Brown wrote to the Paymaster of Pensions requesting that he would allow him to have his army pension for his own support as it had been suspended for the support of his 2 sons in the RC orphanage.
His 2 daughters (one of whom was married) had offered him a home and wanted to take the boys out of the orphanage an offer Father Gibney had declined.
He again wrote to the Paymaster of pensions on 6 December 1883 requesting to be admitted to the Mount Eliza Depot as he was unable to provide for himself due to ill health. His daughter and her husband said they could not support him when his pension was directed to the maintenance of the boys in the orphanage.
This was approved on 11 December 1883.
(He had previously been living in the Depot but left on 30th October when his daughter had offered him a home.)
AJCP Reel 1646/143 Part 2, page 97
Hannah Brown wife of W. Brown requested her sister Ellen Maskell (18) from Enniscorry, Cork, be nominated as a Government Immigrant
Ellen Maskil (sic) was one of the sponsors for the baptism of Mary Brown at St. Mary’s Cork in 1863. Ellen arrived 1869 per Palestine. Possible marriage John Maher and Ellen Maskill 1870 at Newcastle (Toodyay)