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CONROY – John 45th Regiment (died onboard)

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45th Regiment Nottinghamshire Sherwood Foresters
South Africa Medal
NameCONROY –  John
Regiment (s)45th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 302
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
6th January 1824 / 14 years / Chatham Kent England
Description – Height
5 Ft 6 in
Fair / Grey / Dark / –
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies –  13 years 9 months
Cape of Good Hope –  7 years  9 months
Length of Service23 years  264 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 23rd September 1851 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsSouth Africa Medal
Intended Residence at
London England
Pension Districts1851 London
Pension Paid1/0 per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
26th April 1853  London England via Cork and Rio de Janeiro
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
ROBERT SMALL  19th August 1853
Date/Place of Birthc1810 Bury Devon England
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
RANGHAN Elizabeth
An Elizabeth RANGHAM was born 1805 at Larbert Stirling Scotland Father George RANGHAM Mother Janet FISHER
Date/Place of Marriage2nd August 1831 Moulmein, Madras, India
Children by 1st WifeJohn B 1832
D 26th May 1833 age 10 months Secunderbad Madras India
Ellen B 18 October 1834 Madras India
Bp 23 December 1834 Secunderbad Madras India
Mary Louise
B 15 March 1837 Madras
Bp 24 May 1837 St. Mary’s Church Madras
Another 3 children names unknown possibly born Cape of Good Hope
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
As above
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
As above
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesInquirer and Commercial News Wednesday 4 February 1857 page 2
Departure from Western
Possibly Mrs Conroy and three children left for London on the barque Frances 1st February 1857 although this may be the wife of the Police Commissioner
Date/Place of Death/Burial16th May 1853 onboard “Robert Small”
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 John Conroy 304 Sergeant 45th Regt Location Belfast
1851 John Conroy 304 Private 45th Regt Location Natal South Africa
Discharge: Due to chronic catarrh and general debility.
John Conroy died as the result the retention of urine caused by heavy drinking. He had suffered a similar medical episode in India.
At an Inquiry into the conduct of Peter McQuade held 23 August 1853 on board the Robert Small Elizabeth Conroy widow of the late John Conroy gave details of the circumstances of an attempt on the part of the Superintendent to seduce her.
On 19 September 1853 Mrs Conroy was one of five widows Captain Bruce requested payment of rations until they were able to support themselves. She had 5 children to support.
On 10 March 1854 The Resident Magistrate wrote to the Colonial Secretary saying Mrs Conroy was desirous of proceeding to the Cape of Good Hope where she had friends. She had raised 20 pounds by subscription but the Master of the Isabella Blyth quoted thirty five pound as the cost of a passage for Mrs Conroy and five children. Despite the recommendation of the Resident Magistrate it was not granted as on 2 August 1855 Mrs Conroy together with another 3 widows wrote a memorial to the Governor regarding their expulsion from the Depot where they had been living. At the time only the youngest children had been receiving rations. Lt. Col Bruce replied she had received pecuniary aid from the Local Government and the pensioners. He considered she was an able bodied woman and was able to obtain employment as a washer woman, by this time one of her daughters was in service with the Reverend Mr Barry.
The Governor replied ‘Inform the petitioners that I have no funds at my disposal for their relief. If they be destitute they will be supplied with food and lodging in the public establishment in return for their labour. More I cannot offer them’ dated 21 August 1855