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CAVAN/A KAVANAGH – Edward 86th Regiment

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86th Regiment
Indian Mutiny Medal

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NameCAVAN – Edward
Regiment (s)86th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1625
Date/Age/Place/ Trade or
Profession at Attestation
20th January 1841 / 17 years / Dublin Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 7¾ in
Fresh / Blue / Fair / Mark of cut on nose
Overseas ServiceEast Indies – 17 years
Length of Service21 years 32 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 4th March 1862 / Dublin Ireland
Campaign MedalsIndian Mutiny Medal with Clasp Central India
Intended Residence at
Portsmouth England
Pension Districts1862 Southampton and Portsmouth
1863 Southampton
1864 2nd North London
1865 1st East London
1867 Tilbury Fort
1868 – 1872 Western Australia
Pension Paid10d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
12th October 1867 Portland England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
HOUGOUMONT 9th January 1868
Date/Place of Birthc1821 Dunleckney Bagnelstown Carlow Ireland aka Bagenalstown
Date/Place of Baptism12 November 1821 Dunleckney, Bagenalstown Carlow, Ireland
Date/Place of Birth
Michael Cavana
Date/Place of Birth
Bridget Hogan
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
ROWE Catherine
Born 1839 (deduced) Father Patrick ROWE Mother Catherine CASEY
Date/Place of Marriage1868 Perth Western Australia (Edward Cavanagh)
Children by 1st WifeEdward Albert B 5th February 1870
Bp 2nd March 1870 Fremantle Western Australis
M HALE Edith Blanche 1896 Katanning WA
D 1960 WA
Patrick James (sic) B 1st October 1871
Bp 11th October 1871 Fremantle Western Australia
D 17th June 1954 Fremantle WA
Bur Karrakatta Cemetery
2nd Husband of WifeEADIE / EDDIE John M 1873 Fremantle Western Australia
Non children known
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesThe Express Friday 28th January 1870 page 3 Catherine charged with stealing from the house of Abraham Hobbs
The Herald Saturday 22nd April 1871 page 3 Edward Cavanagh gave evidence in the Davis/Cody trial
The West Australian Tuesday 19th August 1884 page 3 Account of Catherine’s death
Kojonup Courier Thursday 9th June 1955 Edward’s 85th Birthday
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial6th July 1872 Fremantle Western Australia
Edward Cavana buried Fremantle RC Cemetery Skinner street, died 06/07/1872
Date/Place of Death/Burial WifeCatherine Eadie 2nd August 1884 Arthur River Western Australia
Will or ProbateNone
Further InformationThe Spelling of Edward’s name is Cavana on both his baptismal and burial records, the army used Cavan although the family adopted the spelling Kavanagh or Cavanagh.
British Army, Worldwide index:
1841 Edward Cavan 1625 Private 86th Foot location Dublin
1851 As above location Poona India
1861 As Above location Newry & Curragh
Discharge at own request after 21 years service
Edward Cavan served with the Central India Field Force 1857-1858. He was present at Dhar 31st October 1857, Mandesar 22nd 25th November 1858, Chanderi 17th March 1858, Jhansi 3rd April 1858, Kinch 7th May 1858, Gallowlee 22nd May 1858, Calpie 20th May 1858, Morar 16th June 1858 and Gwaliar 19th _ 20th June 1858.
When he gave evidence at the trial of William Davis and Margaret Coady (sic) Edward said he was a pensioner and “I have been in eleven engagements, eight proper and 3 forlorn hopes: and was in the 86th Regiment.”
Catherine Eddie died of self-administered strychnine poisoning after a period of heavy drinking. Both her son Edward Cavanagh and husband John Eadie gave evidence at her Inquest as to her state of mind.
In a newspaper article celebrating Edward’s 85th birthday it said there was an older sister in the family for whom we have no entry. He also said his younger brother was at the landing at Gallipoli.