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Into the Blue (Police) after the Crimea – Diane Oldman and Peter Conole July and October 2013 EPG Gazette

3rd Regiment
48th Regiment Northhamptonshire
NameBUTLER – Thomas
Regiment (s)48th and 3rd Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 2423 / 2608
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
5th January 1847 / 18 years / Dublin Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 7 in
Fresh / Grey / Light Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationGreece – 5 months
Malta – 1 month
Crimea – 5 months
Length of Service8 years 286 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 16th October 1855 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsCrimea War Medal
Turkish Crimea Medal
Intended Residence at
Pension Districts1855 Limerick
1855 Limerick Militia
1856 Limerick
1857 Carlow
1857 Limerick
1859 2nd Plymouth
1860 Jersey
1861 1st London
1861 Limerick
1862 Jersey
1865 Liverpool
1865 Glasgow
1865 Belfast
1865 Jersey
1866 Tilbury
1866 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
1878 increased to 1/4d per diem for service to Enrolled Force
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
16th October 1866 Portsmouth Hampshire England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
CORONA 22nd December 1866
Date/Place of Birth1829 Lowcurran Stradbally Queens Ireland (possibly Luggacurren Stradbally)
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
B c1831 Ireland
Date/Place of Marriage1848 Limerick Ireland (Protestant)
Children by 1st WifeSarah B 1849 England
M BAILEY William 5th March 1867 Western Australia
D November 1913 while residing at Edmund Street Beaconsfield Western Australia
bur 19th November 1913 Fremantle Cemetery Western Australia
Bridget B c1850 England
Thomas B 1853 England
M BURNS Ellen 1879 Fremantle Western Australia
D 11th May 1926 Fremantle Western Australia
Bur Fremantle Cemetery
Mary Jane B 1859 Guernsey Channel Islands
M ROGERS John 24th January 1877 Fremantle Western Australia
M DIXON Charles 22nd December 1883 Fremantle
D 28th October 1923 Fremantle Western Australia
Julia B 1863 Guernsey Channel Islands
M BROWN George 1878 Fremantle Western Australia
M ARMSTRONG Patrick 1887
D 23rd May 1920 Fremantle WA
Helen B 8th March 1868 Fremantle Western Australia
Lena B 1869 Fremantle Western Australia
M MASON Arthur G. 1906 (unknown location)
Sophia B 26th December 1869 Fremantle Western Australia
M LA MOTTE Alexander 1887 Fremantle Western Australia
Eliza B 1871 Fremantle WA
D 19th July 1876 Willagee WA
William B 17th June 1872 Fremantle Western Australia
M CARTER Leah 1897 Perth Western Australia
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
7th October 1868 Fremantle Town Lots 690, and 691 both purchased at £6 each
20th Oct 1880 granted Cockburn Sound Location P173 of 20 acres Willagee Swamp (Kardinya)
Assigned 15th November 1876 Title 4/6
Occupation after
Newspaper ArticlesWest Australian Times Friday 21st July 1876 page 2 death of Eliza
The Daily News Wednesday 5th April 1899 page 3 Death of Mary Butler
Also The West Australian Wednesday 5th April 1899 page 3
The West Australian Friday 7th April 1899 page 2 Inquest
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial3rd October 1886 Fremantle Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
3rd April 1899 Fremantle Western Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationThomas transferred from the 48th regiment to the 3rd regiment to serve with his older brother Edward.
British Army Worldwide Index
Thomas Butler 2608/2423 Private 3rd Foot location Templemore and Cork
Discharge due to being severely wounded by a cannon shot to the back of his left hand at the 1st attack on the Redan on 18th June 1855. He had previously received a wound to the back of his head from a musket ball on 7th June and had been wounded on the left side of his back when a … was knocked down by a shell on 3rd June 1855.
In the 1861 Census RG09/4399/77/21 Thomas and his family are living at St Aubin Road St Helier Jersey. Thomas was aged 32 and his occupation is given as a mason and he erroneously said he was born in England
Mary his wife was aged 27 and born Ireland while the children Sarah age 12, Bridget age 11, Thomas aged 7 were all born in England and Mary Jane aged 1 was born on Guernsey.
11 February 1875 Thomas Butler applied for the grant of £15 for having erected his house at Willagee Swamp to the required height.
19th July 1876 Eliza Butler aged 15 was killed by the wheel of a horse and cart passing over her.2nd July 1884 Thomas Butler wrote to the Colonial Secretary regarding a 40 acre block her bought from the Crown for £21/1/6 which after 3 or 4 months was reclaimed for a town reserve and the purchase money refunded. As he had outlaid the sum of £52/13/8 on improvements he made before the reclamation he felt he was entitled to have the money refunded. The Crown Lands department believed he settled on the land without proper approval and was not entitled to the repayment. The Mayor of Fremantle considered as it was part of the Commonage at Fremantle it should never have been considered for sale . Cons 527/1884/4208Thomas was a member of the Enrolled Guard at the time of his death in 1886.
Mary Butler died as a result of a fire at her home in South Street Beaconsfield.
There are sundry reports re Thomas Butler in the Fremantle Police Files but they are of a trivial nature