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GALBRAITH / GILBREATH – William 89th Regiment Depot

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89th Regment Royal Irish Fusiliers
Crimean War Medal with Sebastopol Clasp
Turkish Crimea Medal
Regiment (s)89th Regiment Depot
Regiment Number (s) 2208
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
10th September 1844 / 19 years 9 months / Belfast Antrim Ireland
Description – Height
 5 Ft 7½ in
Fresh / Blue / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationGibraltar – 8 months
Crimea – 5 months
Malta – 4 months
Gibraltar – 3 months
Cape of Good Hope – 1 year
East Indies – 1 year 5 months
Length of Service16 years 323 Days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeCorporal / 16th September 1861 / Fermoy Barracks Cork Ireland
Campaign MedalsCrimea Medal with Sebastopol Clasp
Turkish-Crimea Medal
Intended Residence at
Belfast Ireland
Pension Districts1861 2nd Belfast
1862 Bermuda (in transit)
1863-1880 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
1878 Increased to 1/3d per diem for service Enrolled Force
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 Birthc1824 Magherafelt Londonderry Ireland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsJames B Not yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
c1832 Not yet known
Date/Place of Marriage24th September 1849 Banagher Kings Ireland
Children by 1st WifeSarah B c1851 Clonmel Ireland
M PERRY John Henry 1875 Perth Western Australia
D 1919 Yilgarn Western Australia
Mary Ann B Ireland
M LLOYD John1871 Canning Western Australia
D 1st December 1873 Beverley Western Australia
Catherine B c 1856 possibly Ireland
M TATHUM Joseph James Western Australia
D 21st August 1928 West Murray Western Australia
Bur Pinjarra Cemetery
William James B Not yet known
D 24th December 1920 Guildford Western Australia (Possible)
Robert John B 1864 York Western Australia
M BARRINGTON Mary Ann 11th June 1902 Yalgoo Western Australia
D 2nd August 1931 Latham Western Australia
Buried Perenjori Cemetery WA
Arundel Edward B 1867 York Western Australia
M MURRAY Mary Elizabeth 5th February 1890 Gingin Western Australia
D 1936 Moora WA
Ernest Edward B 1870 Harvey Road Western Australia
D 5th June 1923 Pinjarra Western Australia
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Assistant Warder from 27th October 1863 to 24th February 1871 Comprehensive list of his postings in “Warders and Gaolers” page 77
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette and W A Times 5th December 1873 Murder of Mary Ann Lloyd (nee Galbraith) by Robert Goswell
Inquirer and Commercial News 31st December 1873 Page 3 Murder
Perth Gazette and WA Times 2nd January 1874 page 3 Murder
West Australian 6th January 1880 – page 2 Death of William
The Herald Fremantle 10th January 1880 – page 3 ditto
Inquirer and Commercial News Wednesday 18th January 1893 – page 6 also The Daily News Tuesday 17th January 1893 page 2 Brother James advertises for information regarding William
The Western Mail Thursday 14th June 1923 page 27 Death notice Ernest Galbraith
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial4th January 1880 Perth Western Australia (states in Perth Street)
Church of England Section East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
2nd December 1880 “The Home” Perth Western Australia
Church of England Section East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationDischarge: [Morbis Cordis] and rheumatism. This man was invalided from India for insanity and has been at the depot two years during which time he has been only at light duties. He … suffers sharp and hurried and he complains of dyspepsia on exertion. He is totally unfit for duties as a soldier
Disease is the result of the man’s service
British Army Worldwide index
1851 William Gillbreath (sic) 2208 Private 89th Foot location Dublin
1861 William Galbraith 2208 Corporal 89th Foot depot location Fermoy
The Surgeon Superintendent rated both William and Eliza’s conduct on the Merchantman as Very Good.
SROWA Cons 527/1207/21 17th January 1880 The Dean and the Reverend James Allen wrote to the Colonial Secretary saying a pensioner named Galbraith died of sunstroke and left a widow with young children. He asks that the 2 boys aged 6 and 7 should be placed in the orphanage Mother applied for two youngest sons aged 5 and 7 years to be admitted to orphanage. Admitted 24th January 1880. Uncertain which sons referred to as ages do not relate to births.
In 1893 William’s brother James Galbraith (late sergeant 89th regiment) of 28 Hudson Street Belfast Ireland advertised for information regarding William whereabouts stating he had left Belfast in about 1864. He was advised that William had died about 12 or 13 years previously at South Perth of natural causes.
According to the death notice for Ernest (Peter) Galbraith there was another brother George.