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CAREY – Lawrence 32nd Regiment

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32nd Cornwall Regiment Foot Badge
Punjab Medal with Goojerat & Mooltan clasps


NameCAREY – Lawrence
Regiment (s)32nd Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 2136
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
11th December 1841 / 19 years / London Surrey England /
Description – Height
5 Ft 10 in
Fresh / Hazel / Light / None
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 5 years 22 days
Length of Service10 years 213 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 27th July 1852 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsPunjab Campaign Medal 1848-9 with clasps for Mooltan and Goojerat
Intended Residence at
Parish St Saviours London Surrey
Pension Districts1852 South London
1853 West Australia
Pension Paid6d per diem for 2½ years to 17th February 1855 (Refused further pension 22nd April 1856)
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
2nd February 1853 Portsmouth England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
PYRENEES 30th April 1853
Date/Place of Birthc1822 St Saviours London Surrey England
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
MAHON Margaret
B 8th November 1834 Agra Bengal India
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeMargaret B c 1847 unknown location
M EVANS Thomas 19th August 1868 Registry Office Adelaide South Australia
D Not yet known
Catherine B January – March 1852 St Saviours Southwark London England
D On Surgeon’s sick list on Pyrenees, Possibly died in Western Australia before May 1854 as not on Salvado’s list for Albany.
John B 30th March 1853 (presumably on Pyrenees II)
bap 12th May 1853 Fremantle West Australia
D Not yet known but post May 1854 as on Salvado’s list for Albany
James B 26th July 1858 Adelaide SA (mother Margaret Melhan)
Emily B c January 1861 unknown location
D 15th September 1861 Portland Estate South Australia
William B 14th September 1862 Portland Estate South Australia
D Not yet known
Emma B 28th August 1867 Alberton Adelaide South Australia
D Not yet known
Lawrence B 27th June 1870 Rosewater Adelaide South Australia
D 1st November 1878 age 8 years Gawler River South Australia (Mother Mary Cary)
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
MAHON Thomas (Sergeant 51st Regiment)
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Newspaper ArticlesThe Express and Telegraph (Adelaide 1867-1922) 13th March 1855 page 2
Evening Journal Monday 8th March 1868 page 2 Assault on James Carey the son of Lawrence
South Australian Register Monday 28th August 1854 page 2 Stranding of the Mozambique.
Departure from Western
Left colony without leave in November 1855 by unknown ship see further information
4th August 1854 per Mozambique from King George’s Sound
Date/Place of Death/Burial4th April 1873 (Royal) Adelaide hospital Adelaide South Australia residence Queenstown
Date/Place of Death/Burial
2nd March 1883 Port Adelaide South Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1851 Lawrence Carey 2136 private 32nd Foot location Jalandhar India (Punjab)
Discharge due to hepatitis and impaired health
March 5th and April 3rd 1853 Mrs Carey age 27 was treated for dyspepsia on board the Pyrenees
20th April Catherine Carey age 2 received medical treatment on board the Pyrenees
The spelling of Mahon on the birth registration varies with each child
Lawrence Carey/Cary was admitted to the (Royal) Adelaide Hospital three times. The 1st time was 9th January 1866 when he said he was aged 43, married a Roman Catholic residing at Le Fevres Peninsular his occupation was seaman and he had been born in London and had been 12 years in the Colony having arrived on the ship Mozambique.
The 2nd time on 28th February 1867 aged 45, married Catholic residing at Alberton and working as a labourer. Born London, England and had been 13 years in the country with no ship of arrival
The 3rd time 21st January 1873 Lawrence Cary(sic) said he was 53 Married, Catholic, residing Queenstown a labourer and once again he had arrived in the Mozambique, he died at the hospital 4th April 1873.
The ship Mozambique put into King George’s Sound on a rather long and adverse voyage from London to Melbourne carrying coal for the steamship company. After several months she departed Albany on 4th August 1854 for Melbourne. Suffering even more bad weather after leaving Albany the ship became unseaworthy and the Captain decided to beach the ship (before she sank) near Goolwa at the mouth of the Murray river on 21st August 1854. The ship was written off as a total wreck and later sold for salvage. The 22 crew and 24 passengers suffered from near starvation during the voyage and afterwards. They were eventually rescued and taken to Goolwa, however no record of the names of the passengers or crew seems to have survived despite many newspaper accounts of the wreck and the trials and tribulations of the captain to get help, See South Australian Register Monday 28th August 1854 page 2 Stranding of the Mozambique.
Son John also had several admittances to the hospital, each time he said he was born at sea (his birth was not noted by the Surgeon on the Pyrenees), on each occasion he was a labourer living at either Crystal Brook or Yakka
James also was admitted to the hospital he was a butcher and living at port Adelaide in 1880 and Glanville in 1881.
Hospital admission shows William was a labourer and resident at Gawler in 1873 and in 1875 he was a fitter’s apprentice.