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CUNNINGHAM – James 60th Regiment

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60th Regiment Kings Royal Rifles Helmet Plate
Indian Mutiny Medal with Delhi Clasp



Regiment (s)60th Regiment 1st Battalion
Regiment Number (s) 2940
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
5th November 1847 / 18 years / Kilkenny Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 9 in
Fresh / Brown / Grey / None
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 8 years 11 months
Length of Service11 years 229 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeSergeant / 21 June 1859 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsIndian Mutiny Medal 1857-1859 w Delhi Clasp
Intended Residence at
Pension Districts1859 Kilkenny
1863 Birr
1863 Edinburgh
1864 Tilbury
1864-1885 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/6d per diem
1887 Increased to 2/2d per diem for services to the Enrolled Force 
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
1st July 1864 Portland Dorset England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
MERCHANTMAN 12th September 1864
Date/Place of Birthc1829 Ballingarry Tipperary 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
c1830 Not yet known
Date/Place of Marriage26th July 1859 Callan Kilkenny Ireland
Children by 1st WifeMargaret bp 28th April 1860 St John’s Kilkenny City Kilkenny Ireland
Maria B March 1863 Possibly St. Mary’s Leith Midlothian Scotland
D 17th August 1864 at sea from measles aged 1 Year 5 months
James B unknown date Ireland
D 26th June 1889 Fremantle Western Australia
Mary Helen (Ellen) B 18th December 1864 Fremantle Western Australia
M McCARTHY John 1894 Fremantle Western Australia
D 25th January 1932 Mt Hawthorne Western Australia
Bur Karrakatta RC Cemetery
John Christopher B 1867 Western Australia
M ODGERS Alfreda Mary ( Mamie) 1901 Fremantle WA
D 8th March 1947 Cottesloe WA
Bur Karrakatta Cemetery WA
Philip Patrick B 14th November 1868 Fremantle Western Australia
D 1899 Fremantle Western Australia
bur Old RC Cemetery Skinner Street Fremantle Western Australia
Johanna B 5th March 1871 Fremantle Western Australia
D 1872 Fremantle Western Australia
Thomas B 1873 Fremantle Western Australia
D 1873 aged 5 days Fremantle Western Australia
Unknown child
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
Granted Location P14 at Lake Kojee (sic)
20 acres
Title Application 6th June 1886
Deed of Grant issued 7th December 1885
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesDaily News 14th October 1899 page 3
West Australian 16th December 1899 page 4
West Australian 10th October 1919 page 1
The Record 19th October 1919 page 9
The West Australian Tuesday 26th January 1932 page 1 Death notice Mary Ellen McCarthy
The West Australian Monday 10th March 1947 page 1 Death John Christopher Cunningham
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial13th September 1885 Fremantle Western Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
9th October 1919 King Street East Fremantle Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Fremantle Cemetery Western Australia
Will or ProbateCopy of son James’ Will available from Western Australian State Records Office Cons 3403/1889/940 dated 21st June 1889
Further Information‘Engaged in active service during the rebellion in India in 1857 in dispersing the insurgent villagers in the Meerut district and destroying their villages.
Served in the campaign of 1857 against the mutineer sepoys of the Bengal native army from 2nd August…’
Discharge due to a severe gunshot wound of the right buttock sustained at the storming of the city of Delhi 14th September 1857. (The rate of pension awarded him reflects the severity of the wound.)
British Army Worldwide index
1851 James Cunningham 2940 Private 1st Batt 60th regt location Kussowlee and Jalandhar IndiaThe Surgeon Superintendent rated Sergeant James Cunningham’s conduct as being ‘Very Good’, his wife Mary and daughter Maria (who died at sea) and son James accompanied him on the voyage.
1880 Shown on Nominal Roll for the Enrolled Guard as aged 48.
19 Nov 1880 Shown Occupying quarters No1 Barracks Fremantle with wife and 4 children.
10 Jan 1881 Issued QM items from QM stores while in No1 Barrack
WA Directory 1883 Appeared in Fremantle list of residents.
SROWA Cons 144:
30 April 1885 Applied for grant of £15 to roof house now built to plate high on Koojie Loc P14.
13 Sep 1885 Died aged 53. Informant Mrs Cunningham
14 September 1885. Death of Sergeant Cunningham. Widow has 1 son a cabinet maker, 1 son a bricklayer, 1 son an apprenticed shoemaker and 1 daughter (young woman) and have a house built except for the roof which is on the ground. So far as I know they have no money. [We have a problem of a missing son, at the time of wife Mary’s death it said she had 2 living children a daughter Mrs McCarthy and son James who we know died in 1889, he had a death notice in the Record. The second James was probably John Christopher born 1867 based on the children names in the death notice of Mary ie Philip, Edward and Gerard Cunningham whose father was JC and mother Alfreda Mary Odgers. Also see Funeral notice below]
23 Sept 1885 Report of Sgt Cunningham death “ one of the best conducted members of the Pensioner Force.”
Although James did not leave a will the property at Coogee passed into the hands of his son James as the will of said son clearly shows.
Both of his sons James and Philip died unmarried leaving wills
Cons 3403/1889/940 dated 21 June 1889 whereby James left the property at Coojee P14 and Fremantle Town Lots 654, 655 & 656 South Terrace to his mother Mary Cunningham with the proviso that she could not dispose of the same without the written permission of his brother Phillip and sister Mary Ellen Cunningham.
Cons 3403/1899/122
Will of Philip Cunningham left his estate of £210 to his mother Mary.