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Honourable East India Company – Painting of Battle of Ferozeshah 1845
NameFORAN – John
Regiment (s)Honourable East India Company Bombay Artillery
Regiment Number (s) Discharge No. 71
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
1823 deduced/Dublin/labourer
Description – Height
5 feet 7 inches/dark/blue/dark brown/ visage round
Overseas Service/DurationHonourable East India Company
Length of Service9 years
Returned to England on the Lady Raffles
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeGunner/9 May 1832
Campaign MedalsNot yet known
Intended Residence at
Not yet known
Pension Districts1850 2nd East London
1851 Western Australia
Pension Paid9d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
16th July 1851 Plymouth England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
MINDEN 14th October 1851
Date/Place of Birth1803/ Dublin, Ireland
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
c1815 Not yet known
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeJohn B c1841 St. George London Middlesex,
M SMITH or GAMBLE Martha Elizabeth 1867 Albany Western Australia
Possible D 18th July 1932 Bunbury WA
Catherine B c1845 St. George London Middlesex
M FOOT Callaghan 1859 Greenough Western Australia
M EPG McGOWAN Peter 1875 Greenough WA
James B c1850 St. George London Middlesex
M DEE Fanny 1874 Dongara Western Australia
D 4th May 1927 West Perth Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
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
Greenough 15 & 16 both of 16 acres 2 roods and 2 perches
Title 2014
Occupation after
Convict Est 1852, farmer
Newspaper ArticlesSouth Western Times Wednesday 20 July 1932 page 1 Death of son John
Victorian Express Wednesday 10 September 1879 page 1 Sale of Land
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial24th February 1877 / Western Australia
Bur Geraldton Cemetery (Apex Park)
Date/Place of Death/Burial
12th May 1881 / Western Australia
East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationDischarge due to injury of right hand
1851 Census: Mrs Foran is Catherine elsewhere Margaret.
On the voyage of the Minden Mrs Foran gave assistance to Mrs Gorman at the birth of her twins and the aftercare of the two infants. Mr & Mrs Foran were the God parents for Elizabeth Minden Gorman when the twins were baptised on the ship.
John Foran (and family) was first sent to Port Gregory He was one of the pensioners called out to assist the Civil Power twice, once when there was a mutiny in the Depot and another time to stand guard over the ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ wreck. When Pt Gregory was closed down after much hardship he was reassigned land at Greenough.
On 5th February 1881 the widow Foran applied to the A/Staff Officer Armstrong for relief but was told there were no canteen funds available.