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7th Dragoon Guards Cap Badge
NameCRAGGS / CRAIG – Benjamin
Regiment (s)7th Dragoon Guards
Regiment Number (s) 205
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
22nd June 1825 / 20 years / Woodville Queens Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 10½ in
Fresh / Blue / Light Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationNone
Length of Service17 years 313 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 28th April 1843 /Forton Barracks Gosport
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Portarlington Queens Ireland
Pension Districts1845 Tullamore
1845 Maryborough
1853 Tullamore
Pension Paid 7d per diem
1873 Increased to 1/0d per diem for service in Enrolled Force
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
1st January 1854 Plymouth England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
SEA PARK 5th April 1854
Date/Place of Birthc1805 Cloneneagh (Clonenagh) Queens 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 c 1806 England
Date/Place of MarriageChard Somerset between 6th and 15th January 1833 / or
Charlton Mackrell Somerset for Mayer 9th January 1833
Children by 1st WifeElizabeth B c1834 Ireland
Bp 16th February 1834 Kilbrogan, Christchurch County Cork Ireland
M ARMITAGE William 18th June 1854 Fremantle Western Australia (EPG 68th Regt. Sea Park)
D7th June 1884
Bur East Perth Cemetery WA
William B c1837 Not yet known England
Catherine B c1839 Not yet known Ireland
Benjamin B c1841
Bp 4th November 1840 Loughborough Leicestershire England
John B c1852 Not yet known England
John Michael B 1846 Tullamore Ireland
M SHANAHAN Mary 1873 Perth
D 12th November 1933 Geraldton Western Australia
Bur Uttakarra Cemetery Geraldton
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
Occupation after
Appointed stable keeper Convict Establishment 1st October 1854 dismissed 21 March 1859 (see Barker page 45)
Newspaper ArticlesGeraldton Guardian Tuesday 14th November 1933 page 5 Obituary for John Michael Craig
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial18th January 1875 Perth Western Australia
Bur East Perth Cemetery Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 Benjamin Craggs 205 Private Location Nottingham and Ipswich
In the 1841 Census HO 107/789/2/50 Benjamin Craggs is living at the Pockthorne Barracks with his wife Elizabeth and their children Elizabeth, William, Catherine and Benjamin
Discharge due to enlargement of the right leg and loss of motion of the ankle joint the result of a kick by a horse
John Craggs aged 2 years was treated for rubella on the voyage of the Sea Park
Widow applied for poor relief 10th March 1883
Benjamin’s son John Michael was also employed by the convict establishment as warder at Geraldton.
John Michael Craig said his mother was Margaret and it is possible Benjamin’s first wife Elizabeth died and he remarried. There are two deaths for a Margaret Craig one in 1888 and one in 1894.