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GRIFFIN / GRIFFINS – Thomas 50th and 95th Regiment

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50th Regiment Cap Badge
95th Regiment Derbyshire Uniform
NameGRIFFIN Thomas
Regiment (s)50th and 95th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 899 / 861
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
17th January 1831 / 18 years / Templemore Tipperary Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 9¾ in
Fair / Hazel / Grey / None
Overseas Service/DurationCeylon – 8 years
Hong Kong – 3 years 5 months
Length of Service21 years 244 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 14th September 1852 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Newbridge Kildare Ireland
Pension Districts1852 Carlow
1853 Western Australia
1856 Van Dieman’s Land
1856 – 1879 New South Wales
Pension Paid1/0 per diem
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 Birthc1813 Evera Neddeen Kerry 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
UNKNOWN Mary (Bridget) b1812 Cork, Ireland
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeMary (Bridget) b 1835, Newbridge, Kildare, Ireland
M McKAY Robert 28th November 1854 Fremantle Western Australia
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
Warder 1854-1856
Newspaper ArticlesThe South Australian register Tuesday 25th March 1856 page 2 Thane of Fife Passenger list
Departure from Western
1856 to South Australia departed Fremantle 6 March 1856 per The Thane of Fife arriving South Australia 18th March 1856
1856 to Van Diemen’s Land via South Australia
1865 to Van Diemen’s Land
1871-1879 New South Wales
Date/Place of Death/BurialNot yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1853 Both Mary Griffin and daughter Mary Griffin signed testimonial for the surgeon on the Robert Small
An Anna Maria Griffin died 6 July 1854 and was buried at St. Patricks Cemetery Skinner Street Fremantle WA. If it was Thomas’s wife it would account for him sailing on the Thane of Fife with his daughter and son-in-law. There was also a J. McKay on the same ship and may have been another child John Edward who the Bi-Centennial Dictionary said died 1858-no place given.
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army worldwide Index
1841 861 95th regiment location Colombo, Ceylon
1851 861 95th regiment location Winchester and Portsmouth, England
Discharge: Worn out from length of service
In the 1851 census Thomas Griffin is a soldier at the Anglesey Barracks
Portsea Island, Hampshire. He is aged 39, married, a soldier of the
95th regiment, born Neddeen, Kerry Ireland. Amongst the families is
a Bridget Griffin age 39, born Cork and a daughter also Bridget
age 16 born Newbridge Kildare, Ireland. As no other Griffin was
recorded as being a married man with the 95th either the Christian
name was recorded incorrectly or they decided to change their name
before coming to Western Australia.
1853 Both Mary Griffin and daughter Mary Griffin signed testimonial
for the surgeon on the Robert Small
Thomas was one of the pensioners employed by the Convict Establishment without the sanction of Captain Bruce
His son-in-law Robert McKay was also a warder and resigned about the
same time as Thomas
The passenger list of the Thane of Fife has a T. Griffiths, and R and M McKay.