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FAIRBROTHER – Samuel 38th 31st and 29th Regiment

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38th Regiment 1856 Uniforms
31st Regiment Huntingdonshire Colours
29th Regiment Worcestershire Crest
Regiment (s)38th 31st and 29th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) -/972/ 2439
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
11th June 1825 / 17 years / Oldbury Stafford England
Key Filer
Description – Height
5 Ft 2½ in
Fresh / Hazel / Light Brown / SFB tattooed on left forearm
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 21 years 3 months
Length of Service21 years 137 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 25 July 1848 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNone stated
Intended Residence at
West Bromwich Stafford England
Pension Districts1848 Wolverhampton
1850-1857 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
4th March 1850 Portsmouth Hampshire England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
SCINDIAN 1st June 1850
Date/Place of Birthc1808 West Bromage (sic) Staffordshire England
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 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
20th September 1850 assigned Sub Lot P1 South Perth of 5 acres
31st December 1853 P1 South Perth resumed by Government
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette 14th June 1850 arrival of Scindian
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/BurialMay 1857 “supposed to have perished in the bush in May” (note in pension record)
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationHeight 5 Ft 6 in on discharge paper
British Army Worldwide Index
1841 Samuel Fairbrother 972 Private 31st Foot ex 38th location Agra
Discharge due to general infirmity of body and loss of health
After the arrival of the Scindian at Fremantle Captain Henderson wrote a report listing the rank name, trade or calling, rate of pension, date of enlistment for 5 months service, marital status, and number of children for each pensioner. Sometimes the trade of calling differed from that recorded at the time of attestation:
Private Samuel Fairbrother, general labourer, 1/-, 19th January, single.
Samuel Fairbrother was one of the Scindian Pensioner assigned land at South Perth however due to the isolated location failure was inevitable, the land only being accessible by water. Captain Bruce tried to organise a timber cutting operation which was a dismal failure mainly due to the difficulty of transporting the timber by boat to Fremantle on a very capricious river.