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DINEEN / DENEEN – Edward Royal Artillery Depot Brigade

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Royal Artillery Badge
Indian Mutiny Medal with Relief of Lucknow and Lucknow clasps


NameDINEEN / DENEEN – Edward
Regiment (s)Royal Artillery Depot Brigade
Regiment Number (s) 3439
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
25th September 1855 / 25 years / Dublin Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 9¾ in
Fresh / Grey / Dark Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationHong Kong – 1 month
India – 1 year 9 months
Length of Service4 years 87 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeGunner / 20th December 1859 / Woolwich Kent England
Campaign MedalsIndian Mutiny Medal with Relief of Lucknow and Lucknow clasps
Intended Residence at
None Given
Pension Districts1859 Woolwich
1860 London South
1862 Western Australia
1863-January quarter 1879 South Australia
1906 Victoria
Pension Paid10d per diem
1906 Increased to 1/6d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
6th October 1861 Portland England via Cape of Good Hope
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
LINCELLES 28th January 1862
Date/Place of Birthc1830 Mount Mellick Queens County 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 Married
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeNot yet known
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
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesAdelaide Observer Saturday 29th April 1865 – page 3
Portland Guardian Friday 4 May 1906 page 2
The Portland Guardian Victoria Friday 14th May 1906 – page 2
The Portland Guardian Victoria 27th July 1908 page 3 result of inquiry into the circumstances around the death of Edward Dineen.
The Portland Guardian Victoria Monday 3rd August 1908 – page 3
Advocate Melbourne Saturday 27th June 1908 – page 14
Departure from Western
to South Australia 1865
Date/Place of Death/Burial
cJune 1908 Portland Victoria
Portland Cemetery
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationSevere wounds at the Relief of Lucknow to the head and jaw, slight wound to right knee
Shortly after his arrival in South Australia Edward was charged as a pauper lunatic and remanded for medical examination.
Between 1867 and 1875 Edward Deneen was admitted to the Royal Adelaide Hospital four times, he said he was a single man born Queens County Ireland, his residence was Murray River, Port Adelaide, Hindley Street, Adelaide and Mt Lofty, his occupation was either a labourer or a bushman. His answers were not always consistent and it may have been his mental state or he had difficulty speaking the result of his injuries suffered at Lucknow. He was admitted to the Portland Hospital on 10 October 1898 suffering from scurvy, after treatment he was transferred to the Asylum but he must have been released back into the community.
On Good Friday night 1906 Edward was walking to his home when he fell over the cliffs beside the Glenelg River, a fall of about 20 feet. Next day he managed to crawl to his neighbour’s home where they administered to his injuries. The locals tried to persuade him to go to the hospital but eventually the police stepped in and took him to the hospital.
After Edward’s death there was a lively correspondence carried on in the Portland Guardian regarding Edward not having received the Last Rites despite being a Catholic and the lack of respect shown at Edward’s burial. (He was buried in the C of E portion)