DONOVAN – John 39th Regiment

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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
1856 – September 1859 Western Australia
1859 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
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
B c1821 unknown location Ireland
Date/Place of Marriage c1847 unknown location
Children by 1st WifeJohn B c1849 Ireland (noted as the third son of John and Mary Ann Donovan in his Obit.
Other children not 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
Possible land grant in York Western Australia: more information needed
Occupation after
Farmer (Western Australia)
General fish dealer (after return to London)
Newspaper ArticlesThe Perth Gazette and Independent Journal of Politics and News Friday 20th May 1859 (Obit.)
The Inquirer and Commercial News Wednesday 14th March 1877 – page 2
Departure from Western
9th November 1859 left Western Australia for South Australia with 2 children (wife deceased) per Champion
Date/Place of Death/BurialOctober – December 1879 St Giles District London England
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known: confused details regarding Mary Ann Donovan’s death require further information
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationIt seems likely that John Donovan left Western Australia after the death of his wife and possibly his son: more detail needed