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COMER / COOMER / CONNOR – Matthew 76th Regiment

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76th Regiment of Foot
Bridget Ferguson Gravestone at East Perth
NameComer / Coomer / Connor – Matthew
Regiment (s)76th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1033
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
16th January 1833 / 18 years / Athlone Roscommon Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 9¼ in
Fresh / Hazel / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationWest Indies and Bermuda – 7 years 8 months
Mediterranean – 5 years
North America – 2 years 4 months
Length of Service21 years 318 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 28th November 1854 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Athlone Roscommon Ireland
Pension Districts1855 Athlone
1855 Clonmel
July 1857 – October 1864 Western Australia
October 1864 – August 1867 Adelaide South Australia
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
19th March 1857 London England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
CLARA 3rd July 1857
Date/Place of Birth1815 Kiltoom Athlone Roscommon 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
B 1822 Tipperary Ireland
Date/Place of Marriage14th January 1843 Cashel and Emly Diocese Tipperary Ireland (spelt Matthew “Coomer”)
Children by 1st WifeCecilia B 11th April 1844
Bp 17th April 1844 St. John’s Cathedral Portsmouth Hampshire England (mother Roonan)
M CUNNINGHAM John 1864 Fremantle Western Australia son of EPG John Cunningham (83rf Rgt Sea Park)
D 5th September 1905 Western Australia
Bur East Perth Cemetery with her mother
M SCOTT John Robert 1871 Bunbury WA
D 1886 aged 36 years
Margaret Comer father Matthew
D 1864 at Fremantle WA Reg 2568
Dennis James B 3rd May 1859 Fremantle Western Australia
A Dennis Coomer/Connor drowned at Nicol Bay when the “Wild Wave” went down in a hurricane December 25th 1875
Michael B 22nd January 1863 Fremantle Western Australia
M STOKES Ellen 26th April 1886 Perth Presbyterian Church
D 14th May 1921 Wongan Hills Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
2nd Husband of WifeFERGUSON Charles
Date/Place of Marriage1868 Western Australia
Children by 2nd HusbandCharles b 1873 Pinjarra WA
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesSouth Australian Register Wednesday 25th December 1863 page 2 Inquest into death of Matthew
West Australian Times Friday 14th January 1876 page 2 Wreck of the “Wild Wave”
The West Australian Thursday 17th March 1904 page 1 Funeral notice of Bridget Ferguson
The Western Mail (Perth, WA: 1885-1954) Saturday 16 September 1905 page 52 Obituary Cecilia
Northam Courier Friday 20th May 1921 page 3 Obituary Michael
Departure from Western
9th October 1864 per Sea Ripple to South Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial18th December 1867 Terminus Hotel North Terrace Adelaide South Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
D 15th March 1904 Perth WA
Bur East Perth Cemetery (headstone)
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 Matthew Comer 1033 Private 76th Foot Location Bermuda
1851 As above location Corfu Ionian Island 

Discharge due to chronic Catarrh and worn out


1856 scheduled to be on the convict ship Runnymede when its Corporal William Nevin shot and killed its Seargent Ben Robinson and was “held back” as a witness for the inquest and trial.

In 1864 Matthew was involved in a drunken fight with other employees while working at the Lefroy farm and stables shortly afterward he deserted WA and left his wife and children in Western Australia when he went to South Australia in 1864.

Committed suicide by strychnine poisoning in 1867 in South Australia

Plot 214 East Perth Cemetery is the burial place for Bridget Ferguson and her daughter Cecilia Cunningham and also her granddaughter Emily Mary Cunningham (headstone)