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GREER / GREEN – John 57th and 77th Regiment

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57th Regiment West_Middlesex Badge
77th Regiment
British Crimea Medal (Alma-Balaclava-Inkerman-Sebastopol Clasps)
Indian Mutiny Medal
NameGREER / GREEN – John
Regiment (s)57th and 77th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1731 – 77th Regiment
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
7th October 1843 / 19 years 3 months / Liverpool Lancashire England
Description – Height
5 Ft 9 in
Fresh / Light grey / Dark brown / Musket ball wound on right side of chest
Overseas Service/DurationMediterranean Turkey and Crimea – 2 years 2 months
Length of Service12 years 283 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 15th July 1856 Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsCrimea War Medal with Alma Balaklava (?), Inkermann and Sebastopol clasps
Turkish Crimea Medal
Intended Residence at
Pension Districts1856 Liverpool
1858 Bristol
1858 Liverpool
1863 Tilbury
1863 Western Australia
1865-1883 South Australia
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
15th March 1863 Portland Dorset England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
CLYDE 29th May 1863
Date/Place of Birthc1824 Downpatrick Belfast 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
B 1825 Liverpool Lancashire England
Date/Place of Marriage27th July 1858 St Nicholas Liverpool Lancashire England (Tentative)
Children by 1st WifeMary Jane B 1853 Liverpool Lancashire England
D Not yet known
William B 1855 Liverpool Lancashire England
D Not yet known
Elizabeth B 1857 Liverpool Lancashire England
D Not yet known
Thomas B 1860 Liverpool Lancashire England
M LAVAN (nee BENNETT) Emily Jane 19th July 1888 South Australia
D 10th October 1940 Adelaide South Australia
bur West Terrace Adelaide South Australia
John B 1863 Fremantle Western Australia
D 1863 aged 10 weeks Fremantle Western Australia
Sarah B 1863 Fremantle Western Australia
D 1863 aged 11 weeks Fremantle Western Australia
Margaret B 18th November 1865 Adelaide South Australia
D 12 December 1865 aged 2 weeks Adelaide South Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
GREER Thomas
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesLondon Gazette 26th September 1855 issue 21790 page 3606
1731 J. Greer missing
The Inquirer and Commercial News Wednesday 12th October 1864 page 2 Passenger list Sea Ripple
Departure from Western
9th October 1864 left Western Australia (as J. Grear) with wife and four children for South Australia per “Sea Ripple”
Date/Place of Death/Burial2nd November 1883 Adelaide South Australia
West Terrace Cemetery Adelaide South Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
8th July 1880 Adelaide South Australia
West Terrace Cemetery Adelaide South Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1851 John Greer 1731 Private 77th Foot location Newport (Mon) Wales
Although reported as being missing John Greer turned up as injured as they following paragraph clearly shows:
Discharge due to “a musket ball entered the upper part of the right side of his chest (between the 1st and 2nd ribs) and at about the outer 3rd and passing downwards and backward came out beneath the inferior angle of the scapular on the same side. Resulting from this he had haemolyses and is very short winded on exertion and is also unable to carry a pack or bear any constriction above the chest and the power of his right arm is much impaired as regards any great exertion or the carrying of weight such as that of a firelock wounded September 8th 1855 at the final assault on Sebastopol.
1861 Census GR 09
John Greer and his family are living at Vaughans Buildings Castle Street Liverpool
John aged 34 is a Chelsea Pensioner and was born at Downpatrick Ireland
Sarah, his wife is aged 36 and was born Liverpool Lancashire
Mary age 8, William age 6 Elizabeth aged 4 and Thomas aged 1 were all born Liverpool Lancashire.
From the age of the children and the date of the marriage (1858) it is likely that the older children were the children of a previous marriage