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NameBURNSIDE – Thomas Sarsfield
Regiment (s)Royal Artillery 8th and 14th Battalions
Regiment Number (s) 33
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
20th November 1846 / 19 years / Fermanagh Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 9½ in
Sallow / Blue / Dark Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationNone
Length of Service10 years 111 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeSergeant / 10th March 1857 / Woolwich Kent England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Not yet known
Pension Districts1857 Enniskillen
1858 – 1859 Western Australia
Pension Paid10d per diem – Temporary 2½ years until 30th September 1859 Deferred pension of 4d per diem paid from 25 January 1881
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
5th March 1858 Plymouth Western Australia
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
LORD RAGLAN 1st June 1858
Date/Place of Birthc1827 Drumkeerin Peltigo Fermanagh 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
DALTON Catherine
c1839 Dublin Ireland
Date/Place of Marriage5th April 1858 Perth Western Australia
Children by 1st WifeHarriett B 1859 York Western Australia
Mary B 1860 York Western Australia
M GALBRAITH Neil 1888 Roebourne Western Australia
Robert Sarsfield b 1862 Newcastle (Toodyay) WA
M Elizabeth Jane Cooper nee Annear Cottesloe WA 1903 Her first husband was Thomas Cooper – 7 Cooper children 1 Burnside child granddaughter of Sam Annear (Scindian)
D 30 December 1945 Jarrahdale WA
Harriett Adelaide B 1864 Perth Western Australia
William Richard B 1864 Rottnest Island Western Australia
M BRECKENRIDGE Mary 1902 Perth Western Australia
D 30 July 1941 Perth Western Australia
Bur Karrakatta Cemetery
Caroline Isabel B 1869 Rottnest Island Western Australia
M DUVAL David L. 1908 Fremantle Western Australia
Maria Ann B 1872 Perth Western Australia
Esther Eveline B 1874 Northam Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
1857 Special Constable
1857-1865 Police Constable York and Toodyay
1861 Magistrate’s clerk
1865-1870 Assistant Warder Rottnest Island
1870-1880 Police Constable
Newspaper ArticlesThe West Australian Monday 1 October 1900 page 4 Death of Catherine
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial5th October 1883 Pier Street East Perth Western Australia
Church of England Section East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
28th September 1900 ‘Osborne’ Cottesloe Western Australia
Church of England Section East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further Information1859 Census of York Western Australia (SROWA)
Harriet Burnside age 21 married C of E read and write Free arrived City of Bristol born Ireland married WA
Harriet Burnside age 9 months C of E Free born WA
27 December 1880 Thomas Burnside wrote to the Superintendent of Police requesting he be re-instated in the Police Force accompanied by a petition from various member of the Toodyay district, however, that was denied despite his age and large family. He then wrote requesting the payment of a gratuity as he said he had served 10 Years 111 days in the Royal Artillery, 18 years 1 month in the Police Force and 5 years as a warder at Rottnest giving a total of 33 years 4 months service.
The Superintendent of Police referred it to the Board who turned down the application .SROWA Cons 430/30/038 & 30/105 detailed report of his service. There is quite extensive coverage of his time in the police Force and why he resigned in 1865 and 1880 as well as the other disciplinary actions against him
1863 nominated wife’s mother DALTON Julie and brother DALTON Lawrence as assisted immigrants. Not sure if arrived.