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FOSTER James – 73rd Regiment

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73RD Regiment Colours


NameFOSTER James
Regiment (s)73rd Foot
Regiment Number (s) 2164
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
4th February 1845/21years/Dublin Ireland
Description – Height
5 feet 8 inches
Overseas Service/DurationCape of Good Hope 5 years 6 months
Length of Service7 years 189 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate/10 August 1852/ Chatham
Campaign MedalsHis name is not listed on the Asplin site for the Kaffir medal
Intended Residence at
Dunboyne Meath
Pension Districts1852 2nd Dublin
1853 Western Australia
Pension PaidTemporary 7d for 18 months to 2 March 1854
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
26th April 1853 London England via Cork and Rio de Janeiro
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
ROBERT SMALL 19th August 1853
Date/Place of Birth1824/Dunboyne Meath
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
1830 Kilkenny, Ireland
Date/Place of Marriage1853 Fremantle, Western Australia
Children by 1st WifeElizabeth B 1857 At sea (presumably between Fremantle and Melbourne)
M KYLE George David 1877 Victoria
D 8th March 1913 Kea Victoria (Mother Dugan)
George B 1858
D April 1932 Brunswick, Victoria
Mary B 1860 Pent(ridge)
M STAFFORD William 1880
D 17th May 1938 Yea Victoria
Joseph B 21st July 1862 Pent(ridge) Melbourne Victoria
D 1923 Carlton, Victoria (Mother Dargan)
Robert James B 1866 Pridge (Pentridge) Melbourne Victoria
D 31st October 1892 Seymour Victoria
John B 1871 Pent(ridge) Melbourne Victoria
D 29th September 1889 Coburg, Victoria
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Night warder Convict establishment 12th October 1853 resigned 15 May 1854
Newspaper ArticlesNot yet known
Departure from Western
To Victoria date and ship unknown 1854/5
Date/Place of Death/BurialPossibly 23rd July 1905 age 81 Hotham East Victoria, Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1873 Victoria age 43
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide index
1851 James Foster Private 2164 73rd regiment Location Cape of Good hope South Africa
Discharge due to cardiac disease originating from hard service during the Kaffir wars 1851
Mary Foster’s maiden name Digan is spelt Deegan, Duigan, Dargan, Dugan and Dygan in the various BMDs for her family.
Elizabeth Kyle, Joseph, Robert, and John Foster are all buried in the RC section of Coburg Cemetery grave 130.