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Royal Marines 1854 Britain’s Sea Soldiers Vol 1 by Cyril Field
1856 31 May transferred from Coventry to 3rd Plymouth for convict guard
McCreery Murder 1873


NameCOLLINS – Joseph
Regiment (s)Royal Marines
Regiment Number (s) 6885
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
1832 / age 18 / Portsmouth / Not yet Known
Description – Height
Not Known
Overseas Service/DurationNot Known
Length of Service23 years
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 1855 / Pension paid from 5th April 1855
Campaign MedalsNot Known
Intended Residence at
Not Known
Pension Districts27 March 1855 Coventry
31 May 1856 3rd Plymouth – transferred from Coventry “for convict guard”
Pension Paid£15  4/- per annum
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
15 June 1856 Plymouth, England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
Runnymede 7 September 1856
Date/Place of Birth1813 Warwickshire
Date/Place of Baptism19th September 1813 Harborough Magna Warwickshire England (Anglican)
6th November 1857 Adult Baptism Perth, Western Australia (Roman Catholic)
Date/Place of Birth
Date/Place of Birth
M15th October 1801 St Mary Warwick England
SiblingsWilliam bp 24 October 1802 Leek Wooten Warwickshire
Mary bp 10th March 1805 Leek Wooten Warwickshire
John bp 28th June 1806 Harborough Magna Warwickshire
John bp 28th July 1807 Harborough Magna Warwickshire
Hannah bp 14th October 1810 Harborough Magna Warwickshire
Joseph bp 19th September 1813 Harborough Magna Warwickshire
Thomas bp 16th June 1816 Harborough Magna Warwickshire
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
Not yet known
2nd WifeSINCLAIR Jane aka St. Clair
B c1834 Tipperary Ireland
Date/Place of Marriage23 March 1857 Fremantle Western Australia
Children by 2nd WifeWilliam born 17th December 1857
Bap 18 December 1857
Died 1861 age 3 buried Skinner Street Cemetery Fremantle WA
Emily born 3rd June 1859
Bap 5th June 1859
M Thomas KEADY 1881
Died Fremantle August 1900 bur Skinner Street cemetery Fremantle
Unknown female born 1863 known as Sister Mary Joseph
Died 22nd December 1948 Albany WA
Charles born 1865
D 4 September 1865 buried Skinner Street cemetery Fremantle WA
Agnes born 10th September 1866
Bap 16th December 1866
M Alexander William MITCHELL 1894
Died 10th April 1934
William Joseph Patrick born 20th March 1868
Bap 28th October 1868
John Augustus born 29th August 1870
Bap 4th September 1870
M Cecilia Donoghue 1910 Perth WA
Died 5th August 1942 age 71 11months Buried Karrakatta Cemetery.All these events occurred at Fremantle Western Australia unless stated otherwise. Birth and baptism dates were found on Familysearch website.
Father of 2nd wife
Date/Place of Birth
Mother of 2nd wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
2nd Husband of WifeEPG Thomas McCreery
Date/Place of Marriage1873 Western Australia
Children by 2nd HusbandNone
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesThe Herald Saturday 27th September 1873 page 3 Inquest into the death of Jane McCreery (see attached)
The West Australian Tuesday 14th August 1900 page 4 death of Emily
The West Australian Thursday 6th August 1942 page 1, death of son John “Jack”
The Albany Advertiser Thursday 23rd December 1948 page 1 death of Sister Mary Joseph
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial12th June 1871
Buried Skinner Street Cemetery Fremantle WA
Date/Place of Death/Burial
2nd Wife
17th September 1873 aged 34
Bur Skinner Street Cemetery Fremantle WA
Will or ProbateNone known
Further Information1855 Discharge because Length of Service


1873 death of Jane, at her inquest the jury, after some deliberation, found a verdict of manslaughter against her husband McCreery, who was committed to take his trial on that charge. The Attorney General threw out the bill against McCreery. See newspaper account attached.