EGGAR – Arthur Royal Horse and Field Artillery 4th Battalion

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ROYAL HORSE ARTILLERY

NameEGGAR – Arthur
Regiment (s)Royal Horse and Field Artillery 4th Battalion
Regiment Number (s) 390
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
7th July 1834 / 18 years / Portsmouth England
Labourer
Description – Height
Complexion/Eyes/Hair/Scars
5 Ft 11½ in
Dark / Hazel / Light Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationNone
Length of Service15 years 4 months
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeCorporal / 10th July 1849 / Woolwich Kent England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Discharge
Not yet known
Pension Districts1849 2nd Portsmouth
1851-1853 Western Australia
Pension Paid9d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
1st February 1851 Falmouth England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
MERMAID 15th May 1851
Date/Place of Birth21st August 1818 Alton Hampshire England (from Baptism)
Date/Place of Baptism15 October 1820 Bentley Hampshire England
Father
Date/Place of Birth
EGGAR George
1783 Holybourne Hampshire, England
D 1857 Hampshire England
Mother
Date/Place of Birth
Marriage
CHALCRAFT Mary
b 1786 Woolbeding Sussex England
M 25 June 1807 Alton Hampshire England
SiblingsEmily Bp 20th October 1809 Holybourne Hampshire
Thomas Bp 16th September 1810 Holybourne Hampshire
John Bp 9th May 1813 Holybourne Hampshire
Samuel B 1815 England Bap 5th November 1817 Alton Hampshire England
Elizabeth Bap 15th October 1820 Bentley Hampshire England
Jane B 1821 Hampshire England
William Bp 3rd January Herriard Hampshire
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
Not married
Date/Place of MarriageNot applicable
Children by 1st WifeNot applicable
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not applicable
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Marriage
Not applicable
Land Grants Western
Australia
None
Occupation after
Arrival
1851 in charge of detachment of Enrolled Pensioner Guards at Toodyay
Newspaper ArticlesNot yet known
Departure from Western
Australia
Not Applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial17th August 1853 Military Hospital Perth Western Australia
19th August 1853 East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia ( Note: death date given there as 18th)
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Wife
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationDischarge was caused by Chronic diarrhoea which had persisted for 4 years.
He was sick throughout the voyage of the Mermaid and was admitted to the military hospital on arrival in Western Australia
Extract from the General remarks of the surgeon Superintendent aboard the Mermaid:
There were 2 of the Pensioners on the sick list a great part of the voyage. One of them with chronic diarrhoea from which he had suffered for more than 2 years and had been invalided from the Artillery for it and was unfit for embarkation.
August 1851. Appointed Corporal in charge of a detachment sent to Toodyay ticket of leave depot. (At this time depot was located downstream about 2 miles from the present day Toodyay)
4th July 1853 After an inspection Captain Bruce wrote to the Colonial Secretary “On arriving at Toodyay I found the Corporal commanding the party of pensioners there very ill, and I was informed that the private named in the margin (Private Sam Haynes, 17th foot) had just died suddenly.
The Resident Magistrate had ordered a court of Inquiry to assemble next day but I have not yet heard the result. Mr Robert Viveash was in attendance upon the Corporal, who, if equal to removal will be brought down to Perth.”
Sometime after his demise his mother Mary Eggar wrote to the War Office inquiring about his whereabouts – WO4.