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31st Regiment Huntingdonshire Colours
Sutlej reverse Moodkee clasp Ferozeshuhu
Afghan Medal
Drowning of John Day 1852
NameDAY – John
Regiment (s)31st Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1520
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
20th May 1840 / 23 years 4 months / Anrasgift (?) Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 8in
Sallow / Grey / Brown / Wound
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 6 years
Length of Service6 years 283 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 26th February 1847 / Not Stated
Campaign Medals1st Afghan War Medal
Sutlej Medal clasps Moodkee and Ferozeshar
Intended Residence at
Clonmel Tipperary Ireland
Pension Districts1847 Clonmel
1849 Cardiff Wales
1850-1852 Western Australia
Pension Paid6d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
4th March 1850 Portsmouth Hampshire England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
SCINDIAN 1st June 1850
Date/Place of Birthc1817 Clanulty (Clonoulty) near Cashel 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
Not yet known
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeEllen B c1850
M 1st DUNKLEY Thomas 1870 Perth Western Australia
M 2nd DENNIS Henry James 1875 Perth
D 1st April 1900 Leederville Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Alice b 19th October 1852 Fremantle WA
Bp 7th July 1852 Perth WA
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
August 1850 assigned Location P16 at South Perth
December 1851 assigned and occupied Lot 5 at North Fremantle
Occupation after
1851 employed as Night Warder
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette 14th June 1850 arrival of Scindian
Perth Gazette 24th September 1852 – report of John Day’s death by drowning
The West Australian Tuesday 3rd April 1900 page 4 Death notice Ellen Dennis
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial17th September 1852 Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 John day 1520 Private 31st foot location Agra
Discharge due to wound received at Sobraon.
‘Served in the campaign of Afghanistan and was present at the action of Moodkee Ferozeshar Aliwal and Sobraon –wounded at the latter.’
After the arrival of the Scindian at Fremantle Captain Henderson wrote a report listing the rank name, trade or calling, rate of pension, date of enlistment for 5 months service, marital status, and number of children for each pensioner. Sometimes the trade of calling differed from that recorded at the time of attestation:
Private John Day, farm labourer, 6d. 17th January, married 1 child.
John Day was allotted a grant of 5 acres at South Perth a settlement which had no chance of success owing to its isolation being only assessable by water and the heavy timbering of the land. All the men surrendered their allotments some being granted land at Freshwater Bay.
John Day was drowned in the Swan River near Freshwater Bay while delivering timber to Fremantle.
9th November Mrs Day applies for relief as she has just been confined, recommends she be allotted rations for a short period.