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GRIFFIN / GRIFFEN – Patrick 41st Regiment

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41st Regiment
Regiment (s)41st Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 254
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
12th  July 1822 / 18 years / Mullingar Westmeath  Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 5½ in
Dark / Grey / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies  – 16 years 11 months
Length of Service21 years 170 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 21st April 1841 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNot yet known
Intended Residence at
Clara Kings County Ireland
Pension Districts1841 Tullamore
1851-1856 Western Australia
1857-1864 South Australia
Pension Paid6d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
1st February 1851 Falmouth England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
MERMAID 15th May 1851
Date/Place of Birth1804 Rahan Clara Kings County 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
ANDERSON  Ellen / Nellie / Ellen / Elana
c1820 Not yet known
Date/Place of Marriage13th July 1842 Rahan and Lynally Kings County Ireland
Children by 1st WifePatrick (aka Patsey)
Bap 23rd March 1845 Rahan and Linally (Lynally)  Kings County  Ireland
Mary 17th March 1851 – born at sea on-board “Mermaid”
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
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesAdelaide Observer 13th December 1856 – page 5 – arrival from Swan River on “Louisa”
Departure from Western
30th November 1856
Date/Place of Death/Burial30th July 1864 Anlaby  South Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
An Ell GRIFFEN died 26th February 1873 Adelaide residence Woodvale  South Australia
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 Patrick Griffin 254 Private 41st Foot depot location Chatham Kent.
Discharge due to dyspnoea and chronic rheumatism- first appeared 1837 when stationed at Bombay and attributed to constant exposure to heavy rains. In hospital 6 or 7 times in India and once at Fort Pitt Chatham
24th December 1850 Captain Bruce was advised by the War Office that Patrick Griffin had been included in the Convict Guard for the Mermaid by mistake and he is not to be employed in the Enrolled Force (unless absolutely necessary) as he is over the accepted age and “not likely in point of appearance or efficiency to do credit to the company”. Furthermore Bruce was not to expect any military service from him after landing.
Bruce must have found it necessary as he was a member of the Enrolled Force when the following events took place.
19th January 1853 – Witness at military court
25th April 1853 – drunk on duty under arms when paraded for embarkation to Champion Bay.
11th May 1853 – Charged with military offence.
3rd March 1864 South Australian Government Gazette – at Baker’s Flat Kapunda