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97th Regiment Ulster
NameCANTWELL – Thomas
Regiment (s)97th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1087
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
16th April 1838 / 18 years 6 months / Birr Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 9 in
Fresh / Hazel / Dark Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationCorfu – 5 years 11 months
Malta – 1 year 7 months
North America – 4 years 9 months
Length of Service23 years 83 days (deduced)
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 9th July 1861 / Camp Colchester England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Little Barrington St Limerick Ireland
Pension Districts1861 Limerick
1863-1880 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/2d per diem
1879 Increased to 1/8d per diem for 15 years service in the Enrolled Force Western Australia
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
15th March 1863 Portland Dorset England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
CLYDE 29th May 1863 [according to Obit. arrived per Merchantman in 1863]
Date/Place of Birthc1820 Gillen Firbane Kings 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
HENNESSY Honora / Hanora / Honoria
c1822 Ireland
Date/Place of Marriage26th November 1840 St. Michael’s Limerick City limerick Ireland
Children by 1st WifeCatherine B 1843 Corfu (Gro Regimental Birth Indices 1871-1924
D Not yet known
Peter B 1845 Corfu (Gro Regimental Birth Indices (1761 To 1924)
Edward B Malta 1847 ((Gro Regimental Birth Indices (1761 To 1924)
Mary Joseph B 1850 Fredericton New Brunswick Canada (Gro Regimental Birth Indices (1761 To 1924)
M ODGERS John 1876 unknown location
D August 1905 Western Australia
Ann B 1853 Canterbury England (Gro Regimental Birth Indices (1761 To 1924)
Harriet Helen (a.k.a. Sister Mary Agnes) B 1858 Preston Lancashire England
D 12th December 1884 Fremantle Western Australia
Elizabeth B 1860 Ipswich Suffolk England
D Not yet known
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
1868 purchased Fremantle Town Lots 836 and 837: 1883 application made for transfer of land by Honora Cantwell of Fremantle
1875 applied for  £15 improvement grant
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesThe Herald Saturday 12th May 1883 page 2 Transfer of land
The Herald Saturday 20th December 1884 page 2 death of Harriett aka Sister Mary Agnes
Western Mail Saturday 8th December 1906 – page 18 (Obit. for Honora)
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial14th September 1880 Perth Western Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
30th November 1906 Fremantle Western Australia
bur Fremantle Old RC Cemetery
Will or ProbateSROWA Cons 3458 1882 375 – Honora Cantwell applies for Letters of Administration 6th April 1883
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 Thomas Cantwell 1087 Private 97th Location Corfu
1851 as above Location New Brunswick Canada
1861 as above Location Colchester
1861 As above Location London Recruiting Depot
23rd March 1863 on board the CLYDE a school for the pensioners children was established under the guidance of Catherine Cantwell subsequently on 26th December 1866 Catherine left WA for Adelaide on the Sea Ripple- no further records of her have been located.
12th May 1875. Enrolled pensioner Private Thomas Cantwell, 97th, 1/2 per day, has erected ‘a good and substantial’ cottage on a piece of land purchased by him in the vicinity of the Convict prison at Fremantle, comparison of the case of EP Martin Joyce. Requests £15.
Fremantle Rate books 1880
Show Thomas Cantwell was the owner occupier of 836 and 837 Hampton Road Fremantle 836 with cottage was valued at £30 and 837 unimproved had a value of £12
1883 application made for transfer of land by Honora Cantwell of Fremantle
In 1891 the Widow Cantwell had two rooms, at the Fremantle Barracks but she said she proposed going to the Home. But that did not happen as on 14 August 1899 Widow Cantwell requested that she be permitted to have her grandson ‘Pring’ living with her as he is an orphan – this is the same WR Pring (grandson) who attended her funeral in 1906 just which one of her daughters’ child he was has not established
Note: On 28th November 1891 prior to the Immigration Depot expanding the area it occupied in the Pensioner Barracks building in South Terrace Fremantle, Timothy McCarthy, (formerly 18th Foot) who was in charge of the Barracks, made an inventory of the twenty-one families living in the Pensioners quarters. He recorded the number of rooms they occupied and the names, ages and occupation of the children who lived with them.