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CODY / COADY – John 36th Regiment

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36th Herefordshire Regiment
Perth Hay Street 1896


NameCODY/ COADY – John
Regiment (s)36th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 856
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
14th November 1831 / 19 years / Kilkenny Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 7 in
Sallow / Grey / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationNorth America – 3 years 19 days
Ionian Islands – 4 years 72 days
Length of Service26 years 167 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeCorporal (WO97 says Private) / Inquiry Athlone 9th August 1858 (discharge approved Horse Guards 30 August 1858) / Kilkenny Ireland – 7th Sept date of admission to pension
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Pension Districts1858 Kilkenny
1859-1887 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/2½d per diem
1873 Increased to 1/3d per diem for 8 years service to Enrolled Force
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
26th May 1859 Plymouth Devon England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
SULTANA 19th August 1859
Date/Place of Birth1812 Johnstown Kilkenny Ireland
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
CARLINE Margaret (from daughter Mary Anne’s birth registration)
HERLIHY Margaret (from WA Bicentennial Dictionary)
B 1835 (deduced)
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeCatherine B 1852 (deduced) Ireland
M1 THOMPSON James (a seaman, possibly common law marriage, see further information)
M2 SHARPE Charles 21 September 1872 St Patrick’s Fremantle Western Australia
D 3rd December 1917 Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Fremantle Cemetery Western Australia
James B 1856 (deduced, see further information)
M Did not marry
D September 1882 September 1882: shot by PC Truslove over theft of horses near Esperance Western Australia buried Albany Western Australia
Mary Ann B 12th August 1860 Rottnest Island Western Australia
D 1861 Rottnest Island Western Australia
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
Granted P41 North Fremantle 1 acre
Granted P46 North Fremantle 1 acre
20-24 Pearse Street North Fremantle were part of the above
Title Applications for both allotments made 17th February 1883: Title 6/170
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesThere are many entries for Margaret Cody for drunkenness and the murder of James Holditch   notably The Perth Gazette and West Australian Times  Fri 7 Jul 1871 page 3
The Inquirer and Commercial News Wed 16 Aug 1882 Page 3 death of James Cody
The Daily News Mon 31 Jan 1887 Page 3 :  Mount Eliza Invalid Depot, a pensioner named John Cody, died at the age of seventy-five, from the effects of senile decay, The deceased was admitted into the institution on the 26th May, 1885.
The Inquirer and Commercial News Wed 9 Feb 1887 Page 3 Lost Mail complaint by Henry Storey following the death of John Cody establishes link to Catherine Sharpe
The Evening Star Boulder Fri 8 Oct 1909 Page 3, the hanging for Mary Cody
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial30th January 1887 Perth Western Australia
East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
15th July 1871 at Perth Gaol (by hanging execution)
East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia. She had been cohabiting with convict William Davis (1570) and together they murdered James Holditch convict (Hashemy)
Will or ProbateNone known
Further Information1841 British Army WW Index: John Cody 856 36th Reg Location St. John’s New Brunswick, Canada.  1851 British Army World Wide Index John Cody 856 36th Reg Location: Corfu, Ionian Islands.

Reason for Discharge: Worn out unfit for active military Duty.  Character & Conduct
Has been good, in possession of 4 Good Conduct badges.
Garrison Court Martials:
1. 8 January 1832 for disgraceful conduct for having on or about 11 December 1837 absence without leave from the Government hospital whilst under medical treatment the same being in breach of the Articles of War.
2. For deserting from the Regimental guard room on the morning of 12th December 1837 whilst confined as a prisoner on the first offence.
3.Of having lost or made away with various articles of his Regimental necessities e.g. clothing
Convicted sentenced to 3 calendar months imprisonment, the first week of each month in solitary confinement, the remainder in hard labour and to branded with the letter D and to be put under stoppages not exceeding 2/3 of his daily pay until the amount owing for the necessities is made good.


On 17th December 1870 Margaret Cody directed Jane McIntyre the wife of pensioner Daniel McIntyre to write a letter to Mr Bateman authorising her (Margaret Cody) to be paid £2 due to her daughter Catherine Thompson’s husband, a seaman on one of Bateman’s ships as she was unable to collect it herself.
20th December 1870 Margaret Cody was charged with having feloniously forged an order for the payment of money from J & W Bateman. However events overtook when Margaret was arrested for murder.


The Story of James Cody and his mother Margaret is published as: The Shrew and the Horsethief by Peter J Bridge & Sheryl Milentis – ISBN 978-0-85905-538-3 available from Hesperian Press, Precis “James Cody was a charismatic young WA bushranger in the 1880s. He was shot by the police at Esperance. Research showed a strange colonial background with his mother hung for murder in the old Perth gaol. A long forgotten but interesting story.” This book is the basis of Catherine Cody’s marriage to James Thompson and for James Cody being part of the Cody Family.