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39th Regiment

Gwalior Star 1843 [Maharajpoor]
NameDONOVAN – John
Regiment (s)39th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 278
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
18th March 1824 / 19 years / Limerick Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 8½ in
Fair / Grey / Brown / Right clavicle broken by grapeshot
Overseas Service/DurationNew South Wales – 6 years
India – 11 years
Length of Service20 years 115 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 16th August 1844 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsGwalior Campaign Star: awarded for action at Maharajpoor
Intended Residence at
Cork Ireland
Pension Districts1844 1st Cork
1847 Limerick
1847 2nd North London
1847 Channel Islands (Jersey)
1854-1855 1st Dublin
1854 1st Cork
1856 – September 1859 Western Australia
1860 1st Dublin
1860 Jersey
1861 – 75 2nd West London
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
1854 increased to 1/2d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
5th January 1856 Plymouth Devon England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
WILLIAM HAMMOND 29th March 1856
Date/Place of Birthc1805 St Johns Limerick 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
UNKNOWN Eliza (Bicentennial Dictionary)
Not yet known
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
Not applicable
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesThe Inquirer and Commercial News Wednesday 30 July 1856 page 3 Trial of Captain Foss
The Perth Gazette and Independent Journal of Politics and News Friday 20th May 1859 (Obit.)
Departure from Western
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/BurialNot yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
2nd April 1859 (Bi-Centennial Dictionary)
Will or ProbateNone known
Further Information1841 John Donovan Private 278 39th Foot stationed at Kamptee India
Discharge due to a compound fracture to the right clavicle by grape shot sustained at Maharajpoor 19 December 1843.
John Donovan was named as one of the pensioners Captain Foss had defrauded of money to the value of £9/6/6 . 

1861 Census RG 09/31/127/27
John Donovan age 57, widower, pensioner, born Limerick is a lodger in the home of James and Charlotte Winter at 8 Caversham Street Chelsea London.