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CHILDERHOUSE / CHILDHOUSE – John 40th Regiment Depot

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40th Somersetshire Regiment
Candahar Ghuznee and Cabul Medal 1841-2 (2nd Afghan Campaign)
Bronze Star


Regiment (s)40th Regiment Depot
Regiment Number (s) 464
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
23rd March 1826 / 12 years / Colchester England
Description – Height
5 Ft 6 in
Fresh / Hazel / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationLower and Upper Scinde – 3 years 11 months
East Indies – 6 years 11 months
Length of Service21 years 36 days to 26 April 1853
Boy 23 March 1826-24 January 1827 Underage
Drummer 25 January 1827-31 December 1828 “
Drummer 1 January 1829-22 March 1832 “
Drummer 23 March 1832- 19 December 1833 “
(To Ranks) Private 20 December 1833-20 July 1834
Corporal 21 July 1834-31 December 1836
Sergeant 1 January 1837- 5 November 1838
Colour Sergeant 6 November 1838-19 August 1840
Confined, District CM 20 August 1840 reduced
Reinstated Colour Sergt 20 August 1840-26 March 1853
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeColour Sergeant/ 26th April 1853 / Dublin Ireland
Campaign MedalsCandahar Ghuznee and Cabul Medal 1841-2 (2nd Afghan Campaign)
Bronze Star 1843 (possibly Maharajpore & Seinde 19 December 1843.)
Intended Residence at
South Devon Militia Plymouth
Pension Districts1853 2nd Plymouth
1855 South Devon Militia
1856 Limerick & Monaghan
1860 Monaghan
1861-1868 Western Australia
1869-1875 Melbourne Victoria
Pension Paid2/0d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
10th November 1860 Portland Dorset England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
PALMERSTON 11th February 1861
Date/Place of Birth1814 Bandon Cork Ireland
Date/Place of Baptism12th April 1814 Bandon Cork Ireland
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
BURROWS Anne (Nany)
Not yet known
Not yet known
SiblingsJames Childerhouse b 1820 bp 15 September 1820 St. Mary’s Limerick by Reverend Mr Downs, sponsors Thomas & Honora Childerhouse. Parents Robert Childerhouse & Anne Burrows
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
FOLEY Catherine
1st July 1818 Norfolk England
Date/Place of Marriage1843 India
Children by 1st WifeAgnes B 1844 Meerut India
D unmarried 1868 Perth Western Australia
Anne B 25th February 1846
Bp 22nd March 1846 St. Thomas, Canterbury Kent, England
M FAY Patrick Henry 3rd March 1870 ( son of Pensioner Henry and Ann Fay who arrived on the “Robert Small”)
D 28th August 1924 Fremantle Western Australia
Fanny Jane bap 17th March 1849 St Paul’s Arran Quay Dublin Ireland
D Not yet known
Alice B Not yet known
M 1st SMITH John James 1870 Victoria
M 2nd WILSON David 1880 Victoria
D 1901 East Melbourne Victoria
Kate B 1853 (deduced)
M SCOTT Thomas Not yet known
D 15th September 1900 Richmond Victoria
Lucien Robert B 1856 (deduced)
D 1921 Cheltenham Victoria (Lucerne on death entry)
Robert B 1857 Limerick Ireland
Maria Jane B 1860 unknown location
D 5th April 1861 Western Australia aged 1 year
Maria Jane B 1862 unknown location
D 1864 Western Australia
Eva Teresa B 11th October 1864 Perth Western Australia
bap 20th October 1864 Perth Western Australia
M BECKMANN John Henry 1890 Victoria Australia
D Not yet known
Victoria Ester/Hester B 1870 Richmond Victoria Australia
D 1876 Victoria Australia
M ARTHUR Samuel 1873 Victoria Australia
NB Another 6 children as yet unknown
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
FOLEY Michael
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Letter carrier in Victoria
Newspaper ArticlesInquirer and Commercial News Wednesday 10th July 1861 – page 3
Perth Gazette and West Australian Times Friday 21st August 1868 – page 2
Leader (Melbourne, Vic: 1862-1918, 1935) Saturday 29th November 1873 page 12 report of fire.
The Age (Melbourne, Vic: 1854-1954) Friday 21st April 1876 page 4 sale of horses.
The Argus Monday 2nd July 1923 – page 7
Departure from Western
19th August 1868 with wife and 2 children per “King Oscar”  for Victoria
Date/Place of Death/Burial23rd June 1876  Richmond Victoria Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
8th September 1923 Cheltenham Victoria
Cheltenham Pioneer Cemetery Victoria
Will or ProbateJohn Childerhouse died intestate and it was not until 1884 that Catherine was able to afford to apply for probate. John left real estate to the value of £250 and personal effects to the value of £20. Probate granted to Catherine 29th September 1884.
Persons names as entitled to a distribution of the estate of John Childerhouse were:
Anne Fay wife of Henry Fay
Alice Wilson wife of David Wilson
Kate Scott wife of Thomas Scott
Emma May Arthur wife of Samuel Arthur
Eva Teresa Childerhouse daughter of the deceased
Lucien Robert son of the deceased
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide index
1841 John Childerhouse 464 Colour Sergeant 40th Foot location Quettah
1851 John Childerhouse 464 Colour Sergeant 40th Foot location Cork Ireland
Discharge: Serving on the Militia staff (South Devon).
Colour Sergeant John Childerhouse as the highest ranking non-commissioned officer of the guard for the Palmerston would have been appointed Sergeant Major during the voyage.
In July 1871 John, Catherine and Agnes Childerhouse were charged with ‘receiving, harbouring and maintaining Edward James Salter, otherwise called Edward Homes an escaped prisoner of the Crown under sentence of 18 years penal servitude.’ They were found ‘not guilty’
In 1873 fire partially destroyed a cottage owned by J. Childerhouse in Cameron Street North Richmond.
Just prior to John’s death in 1876 Catherine Childerhouse advertised for sale 2 horses, harness and a cab, apply Cameron Street Richmond, nearly opposite the weighbridge.
The family were living at Ophir Street Richmond at the time of John’s death. Catherine lists the 6 children still living.
On 16th February 1880 son Robert was convicted of burglary and sentenced to one year’s imprisonment with Hard Labour. After his release on 12th January 1881 he disappeared from records.