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13th Regiment Somerset Light Infantry Cap Badge
Cashen James Land Grant
Cashen James WO97 confirming service in EPF
Afghan War – Jellalabad_Medal
Afghan War – Ghunzi Medal
Afghan Medal Cabool
NAA B2714 Roll 1 Volume one item 3375


Regiment (s)13th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 421
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
4th February 1825 / 18 years / Birr Kings Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 7¼ in
Fresh / Grey / Brown / bears marks of having been corporally punished
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 19 years 6 months
Length of Service20 years 125 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 28th August 1846 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign Medals3 medals –
Storming of Ghuznee 1839
General action Jellalabad 1842
Recapture of Cabool Afghanistan 1842
Intended Residence at
Parsonstown Kings Ireland – also known as Birr Kings Ireland
Pension Districts1846 Birr
1867 Melbourne
1867-1885 Western Australia
Pension Paid9d per diem
20/10/1873 Increased to 1/0d per diem for 6 years 6 months service Enrolled Force Western Australia WO97
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
29th September 1866
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
3rd January 1867
Date/Place of Birthc1807 Birr Kings Ireland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
c1769 Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
c1782 Not yet known
SiblingsMaria B c1805 Not yet known
William B c1810 Not yet known
Anne B 1815 Not yet known
Robert B c1819 Not yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
KENNY Amelia (some records state Bridget)
c1827 Not yet known
Date/Place of Marriage14th July 1847 Birr Kings Ireland
Children by 1st WifeJohn b 1848
D 2 August 1932, Meekatharra Western Australia.
See further information
Maria bap 3rd June 1849 Inistoige Kilkenny Ireland
M FINLAY John Robert 23rd December 1869 Perth Western Australia
D 1st May 1888 Perth Western Australia
bur East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
James bap 3rd January 1851 Birr Kings Ireland
M COMPTON Julia 16th January 1873 Perth Western Australia
D 10th August 1897 Geraldton Western Australia
bur Geraldton Western Australia
Anne bap 28th June 1855 Birr Kings Ireland
M THOMAS James Clifton 26th August 1874 Fremantle Western Australia
D 7th January 1938 East Perth Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Julia Mary Frances bap 20th June 1857 Inistioge Kilkenny Ireland
M COOK George 1875 Irwin Western Australia
D 29th June 1923 Irwin Western Australia
bur Dongara Cemetery Western Australia
William bap 3rd May 1860 Birr Kings Ireland
Elizabeth Mary B 16th August 1865 Parsonstown Kings Ireland
bap 27th August 1865 Birr Kings Ireland
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
27/9/1883 Perth Town Lot 84/E
Notes “Seven Years Service in the EPF
Occupation after
Caretaker St. George’s Hall Perth Western Australia
Newspaper ArticlesDaily News Monday 13th April 1885, page 3 – Death of James Cashin from Cancer
Victorian Express Geraldton Fri 4 Nov 1892 Page 2 “after a long illness, Amelia Cashin, relict of the late James Cashin, of H.M. 13th Regiment (Foot). Aged 65 years. “
Departure from Western
Not Applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial3rd April 1885 Mt. Eliza Depot Perth Western Australia
East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
29th October 1892 Geraldton Western Australia
Urch Street Cemetery now Apex Park Geraldton Western Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further Information1821 Irish Census states father of this man was Labourer with 1 acre of land Clonoghill Birr Kings Ireland with wife and five children.
Transfer of residence document compiled and signed by CASHEN James in Birr 29th September 1867 for transfer to Melbourne states has 2 children above fourteen years and 4 children under fourteen years – see image “NAA B2714 Roll 1 Volume one item 3375”
James and Bridget with six children ages 1 to 18 years arrived onboard “Bride” 3rd January 1867 departed London 29th September 1866 name spelt KASHIN. Even though requested transfer to Melbourne may never actually have traveled there and left ship in Fremantle.


John Cashin, b 1848 who died on 2 August 1932 in a truck en route to Meekatharra at the age of 84 years. The newspaper article indicates that he had a sister residing in Fremantle and a nephew, Clary THOMAS, in Meekatharra. According to the Electoral Rolls, Charles Clarence “Clary” THOMAS was a stockman and labourer in Meekatharra during the 1925 – 1936 period. He is recorded in the WA BMD as the son of James Clifton THOMAS and Annie Jane CASHIN/CASSON (Birth/Death). Anne Jane CASHIN is recorded at her death as the daughter of James CASHEN and Bedelia KENNY (WA BMD). The name “Bedelia” is the Irish version of “Bridget” and also has the nickname “Biddy” or “Amelia Bedelia”. As you have recorded, Amelia CASHIN died in Geraldton in 1892. James and Annie Thomas appear to have been living in the Fremantle area. Thanks to David Senn for the research on John Cashin.