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CLARKE – John 72nd and 78th Regiment

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72nd Regiment Colours
78th Regiment Highlanders Colours


NameCLARKE – John
Regiment (s)72nd and 78th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1189 / 1789
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
26th March 1839 / 18 years / Paisley Barracks Renfrewshire Scotland
Description – Height
5 Ft 6½ in
Fresh / Hazel / Light Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 7 years 2 months
Length of Service11 years 24 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeSergeant / 9th July 1850 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Portobello Edinburgh Scotland
Pension Districts1850 1st Edinburgh
1850 2nd Edinburgh
1851-1854 Western Australia
Pension Paid8d per diem
1854 pension not to be paid “quit Colony without permission”
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
13th March 1851 Portland England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
PYRENEES 28th June 1851
Date/Place of Birthc1821 Abbey Paisley Renfrewshire Scotland
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
UNKNOWN Mercy (tentative)
c1819 Not yet known
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeNot 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
Albany on Albany Road Lot P2
3 acres
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesNot yet known
Departure from Western
Refer to comment in “Pension paid” and “Place of Death”
Date/Place of Death/Burial3rd March 1854 at sea onboard steamship “Sydney”
At sea.
Date/Place of Death/Burial
17th March 1867 Albany Western Australia
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 John Clarke 1189 72nd Foot location Portsmouth Hampshire England
Discharge due to general debility and emaciation due to repeated attacks of fever contracted from climate in Scinde 1844
1841 Census HO 107/412/10/4/5 Forehouse Barracks Portsmouth Hampshire
John Clarke is a soldier of the 72nd regiment born Scotland
John Clarke died 3rd March 1854 of consumption while at sea on the SS Sydney. The amount of money owing to him at his death was £42/6/8 which indicates he was employed on the ship but as he did not have a registration (seaman’s) number it looks as if he was employed as a cook or something similar. The money was sent to the Board of Trade to dispose of.