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FENNESSEY – John 96th 53rd and 94th Regiment

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96th Regiment 1875
53rd Regiment Shropshire
94th Regiment Badge
Indian Mutiny Medal with Lucknow Clasp
John Fennessey front right – 96th 53rd 94th Rgts Arrived Merchentman 1863 – Thx to Steve Danaher for this image
Regiment (s)96th 53rd and 94th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 2081 / ? / 687
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
27th March 1847 / 19 years / Thurles Tipperary Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 8 in
Fresh / Blue / Light Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationVan Diemen’s Land – 1 year 3 months
East Indies – 12 years 3 months
Length of Service14 years 216 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeSergeant / 29th October 1861 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsIndian Mutiny Medal with Lucknow Clasp
Intended Residence at
Clonmel Tipperary Ireland
Pension Districts1861 Clonmel
1862 Bermuda (in transit)
1863-1866 Western Australia
1866-1895 Adelaide South Australia
Pension Paid9d per diem Increased 1890 amount unspecified.
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
30th October 1862 Gravesend England (via Bermuda)
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
MERCHANTMAN 15th February 1863
Date/Place of Birthc1828 Boherlane near Cashel Tipperary Ireland
Date/Place of Baptism15th May 1825 Boherlahan (Boherlane) Tipperary Ireland
Date/Place of Birth
Date/Place of Birth
26th February 1816 Boherlahan Tipperary Ireland
SiblingsNicholas Bp 8th March 1817 Boherhalan (Boherlane) Tipperary
Darby Bp 22nd December 1821 Boherlahan
Mary Bp 16th August 1833 Green Cashel
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
Not yet known
Date/Place of Marriage8th February 1875 St. Lawrence Church Adelaide South Australia
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
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesSouth Australian Register 29th January 1866 – page 2
The Advertiser South Australia 2nd August 1904 – page 4 and 5
South Australian Advertiser 13th April 1866 – page 2 Appointment of John Finnessey (sic) as a constable
The Advertiser (Adelaide SA) Friday 14th June 1895 page 4 Death of John Fennessy (sic)
The Advertiser 2nd August 1904 page 4 &5 death and Funeral notice of Mary Fennessey
Departure from Western
1866 to South Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial13th June 1895 Brompton South Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
31st July 1904 Coglin Street Brompton South Australia
Roman Catholic Section West Terrace Cemetery South Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1851 John Fennessey 2081 private 96th Ft location Lahore
1861 John Fennesssey 687 private 94th Foot location Mean Mear
Claimed prize money (Batta) for time in India granted to the 94th regiment – deemed ineligible.
Discharged on account of contraction of the middle, ring and little finger of his right hand as a result of contusion sustained 26 May 1861 when assisting in working the ship ‘Star of the North.’
The Surgeon Superintendent of the Merchantman gave John Fennessey a rating of Very Good having no offences against his name for the voyage. He was a single man at the time.