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GALLAGHER – John 31st Regiment

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31st Regiment Huntingdonshire Colours
Crimean War Medal with Sebastopol Clasp
Turkish Crimea Medal
Sutlej Medal
Regiment (s)31st Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 2084
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
11th December 1843 / 22 years /Elphin Roscommon Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 8 in
Fresh / Grey / Brown / Marked with small pox
Overseas Service/DurationMediterranean – 4years  161 days
Crimea – 1 year  79 days
Cape of Good Hope – 138 days
East Indies-  3 years 186 days
China – 2 years 166 days
Length of Service18 years 360 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 13th January 1863 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsSutlej Medal with 3 clasps
Crimea Medal with Sebastopol clasp
Turkish Crimea Medal
Eligible for a medal for China
Intended Residence at
Sligo Ireland
Pension Districts1863 Sligo
1864 Tilbury
1864-1883 Western Australia
Pension Paid6d per diem
1877 Half pension suspended (drunk on Guard duty) and half paid to wife
1878 Increased to 1/0d per diem for service to Enrolled Force
1887 increased to 1/1d per diem for further service to Enrolled Force
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
1st July 1864 Portland Dorset England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
MERCHANTMAN 12th September 1864
Date/Place of Birth1821 Rathowen West Meath 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
Date/Place of Marriage1841 Sligo Ireland
Children by 1st WifeMary Ann B 1847 Manchester England
M CAMPBELL Thomas 1870 Perth Western Australia son of EPG Kenneth Campbell
D 16th April 1913 Cottesloe Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Joseph B 1851 Ireland
D Not yet known
Eliza B 1855 Zante Greece
D Not yet known
Catherine B 1857 Gibraltar
M CALLAGHAN John Joseph 1875 Fremantle Western Australia
D 31st January 1938 Beaconsfield Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Fremantle Cemetery Western Australia
Ellen B 1860 Chatham Kent England
D 1862 Medway Kent England
Mark (Marcus) B 6th November 1863
bap 5th December 1863 St John’s Sligo  (address Holburn Street) Diocese Elphin. (Possible) 1889 died age 25 No details
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
28th July 1884 Title Application
15th September 1884 Cockburn Location P19 of 20 acres Title granted to widow Ann Gallagher
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesWest Australian 22nd April 1913 – page 4: Obituary for daughter Mary Ann Campbell
West Australian 2nd February 1938 – page 12: Obituary for daughter Catherine Callaghan
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial27th October 1883 Fremantle Western Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1885 Western Australia
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further Informationohn Gallagher’s enlistment as a married man was somewhat unusual: further comment on this is available.
British Army Worldwide Index
1851 John Gallagher 2084 Private 31st Foot location Dublin Ireland
1861 John Gallagher 2084 Private 31st Foot location China.
In the 1861 Census Ann Gallagher a soldier’s wife age 34 born Sligo Ireland is living at Cross Street Chatham with the following children:
Mary Ann age 14 born Manchester
Joseph age 10 born Ireland
Eliza age 6 born Zante
Catherine age 3 born Gibraltar
Ellen age 6 months born Chatham Kent
Her husband John was at the tine serving with his regiment in China.
Discharge due to chronic rheumatism and general debility.
John and Ann Callaghan were accompanied on the Merchantman by their children Mary Anne, Joseph, Eliza, Catherine and Mark. Their conduct on the ship was rated as ‘Very Good.’