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COSTELLO – William 31st Regiment and Royal Canadian Rifles

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31st Regiment Huntingdonshire Colours
Royal Canadian Rifles
Perth Hay Street 1896


NameCOSTELLO – William
Regiment (s)31st Regiment and Royal Canadian Rifles
Regiment Number (s) 1156 / 304
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
24th June 1839 / 20 years /Ballinasloe Galway Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 6 in
Fresh / Hazel / Dark Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationIndia – 6 years 10 months
Canada – 1 year 10 months
Length of Service21 years 17 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 10th July 1860 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Enniskillen Fermanagh Ireland
Pension Districts1860 Enniskillen
1865 East London
1865-1892 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
1874 Increased to 1/3d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
26th May 1865 Portland England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
RACEHORSE 10th August 1865
Date/Place of Birthc1819 Clare Galway 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
Fermanagh Ireland
Date/Place of Marriage2nd February 1852 Enniskillen Fermanagh Ireland
Children by 1st WifeWilliam B c1853 Ireland
M CASEY Elizabeth 1885 Perth Western Australia
D 21st March 1888 York Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Ellen B c1855 Ireland
D 27 January 1930 Bunbury Western Australia
John B c1859 Quebec Canada
M WHITE Elizabeth 1887 Perth Western Australia
D 12 May 1939 Maylands Western Australia
Bur Karrakatta Cemetery RC
Mary Ann B c1861
Bp 7 February 1861 Enniskillen Fermanagh Ireland
M HAYNES Benjamin William 1898
D 2 June 1928 Bayswater Western Australia
Bur Karrakatta Cemetery
Elizabeth B 1863
Bp 12 July 1863 Enniskillen Fermanagh Ireland Ireland
M HAYES William James 15th February 1886 Perth WA
D 30th November 1933 East Perth Western Australia
Bur Karrakatta Cemetery
Catherine B c1865 Ireland she was probably born in London before sailing
M BARNARD Frank 1889 Perth Western Australia
D 1st January 1939 South Perth Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Margaret B c1870
M HAMILTON Ernest Hugh 1894 Perth Western Australia
D 12 July 1929 Highgate Western Australia
Bur Karrakatta RC
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
Perth Lot 85E
0.2.16 acres Deed issued 21st April 1884
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesInquirer & Commercial News Wednesday 17 February 1886 page 4 Marriage of Elizabeth Costello
Inquirer and Commercial News 21 March 1888 page 5 death of son William Costello
The Daily News Thursday 17th March 1898 page 2 Funeral notice Elizabeth CostelloWest Australian Monday 4 June 1928 page 1 Death notice Mary Ann Haynes
The West Australian Saturday 13 July 1929 page 1 Death notice Margaret Hamilton
South Western Tribune (Bunbury) Saturday 1 February 1930 page 2 Death of Ellen Costello
The West Australian Monday 2 January 1939 page 1 Death notice Catherine Barnard
The West Australian Monday 15 May 1939 page 1 Death notice John Costello
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial30th April 1892 Perth Western Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
17th March 1898 Perth Western Australia
Roman Catholic Section East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index:
1841 William Costolo (sic) No 1156 was with the 31st regiment at Agra India
1851 William Costolo 1156 was stationed at Dublin Ireland
William was awarded a silver medal for long service and good character.
William served for 18 years 304 days in the 31st regiment and 2 years 38 days in the Royal Canadian Rifles.
Discharge: Unfit for further service due to dyspepsia, failing health and activity.
William Costello and his family were due to proceed to Western Australia as part of the guard on the Merchantman in 1864 however after being on board for 17 days he and his family together with the family of John Goodman (total of 2 wives and 10 children) were put ashore at Portland 27 June 1864 owing to their children having measles. Both were part of the guard of the Racehorse the following year.
He was one of the three men on the Racehorse who as teetotallers received the special allowance as under the Admiralty regulations.