FAHEY – Darby HEIC Bengal Invalid Battery

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East India Company

Indian Mutiny Medal

NameFAHEY – Darby
Regiment (s)Honourable East India Company Bengal Invalid Battallion
Regiment Number (s) Discharge No. 291
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
1st May 1843 / 21 / Galway
Labourer
Description – Height
Complexion/Eyes/Hair/Scars
5 Ft 7¾ in
Sallow / Blue / Black / None
Overseas Service/DurationHEIC
24th June 1843 UK to India per Hamayoon
23rd June 1863 from India to UK per Holmsdale
Length of Service21 years 5 months
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeGunner / 1st July 1863 / Not known
Campaign MedalsIndian Mutiny Medal
Intended Residence at
Discharge
Galway Ireland
Pension Districts1863 Galway
1865-1880 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
30th September 1865 Portland Dorset England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
VIMIERA 22nd December 1865
Date/Place of Birth1822 Kinvarra Galway Ireland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Father
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother
Date/Place of Birth
Marriage
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
McNAMARA Mary
1838 Galway Ireland
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeJames 
D 1869 Rottnest Island Western Australia
Margaret (Maggie) Mary B 15th January 1868 Rottnest Island Western Australia
M ARESEN Ned Edvin (HARRISON Edward) 1888 Fremantle Western Australia
D 12th May 1935 Fremantle Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Fremantle Cemetery Western Australia
Mary B 5th August 1871 Fremantle Western Australia
M SEABERT/SEUBERT George 1894 Western Australia
D 5th January 1955 East Fremantle Fremantle Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Fremantle Cemetery Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Marriage
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Australia
Not yet known
Occupation after
Arrival
Guard Rottnest Island
Newspaper ArticlesThe West Australian Friday 13 February 1880 – page 2
Sunday Times
Perth Sunday 2nd December 1934
Departure from Western
Australia
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial8th February 1880 Fremantle Western Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Wife
Possibly 30th May 1913 Western Australia
Roman Catholic Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationDischarge due to time expired
When Darby Fahey took his own life in on 8th February 1880 he set in place a devastating series of events for the rest of his family. His wife was admitted to the Lunatic Asylum on 14th February and his daughters Margaret and Mary were admitted to the Roman Catholic orphanage on 21 February. Margaret was aged 11 and remained until the 30th June 1884 when she went to a situation in the North West while Mary who was aged 8 at the time of her admittance left on 31st December 1886 for service in Perth.
In 1934 the police Department advertised in the local and interstate newspapers for the descendants of Darby Fahey to come forward as an Indian Mutiny medal belonging to Gunner Darby Fahey had been found amongst some old records and they were desirous of finding the legal owners. An Alan C. Newell of New South Wales initially came forward thinking he may be a great nephew but eventually Margaret Harrison and Mary Suebert came forward and the medal was given to Margaret as the elder sister.