GURNEY – Patrick 65th 74th 52nd 23rd and 17th Regiment

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65th Regiment Yorkshire North Riding

74th Regiment Highlanders

52nd Regiment Oxfordshire Badge

23rd Regiment Royal Welsh Fusiliers

17th Regiment Royal Leicestershire Cap Badge

Settled in York – Convict Depot now Residency Museum

NameGURNEY – Patrick
Regiment (s)65th 74th 52nd 23rd and 17th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1269 – 65th Regiment
26 – 17th Regiment
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
23rd February 1838 / 19 years / Naas Kildare Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 6½ in
Fresh / Brown / Dark brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationNorth America – 20 years 5 months
Length of Service22 years 131 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 19th July 1859 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Pension Districts1859 Woolwich (transferred to Tilbury Fort)
1861-1868 Western Australia
Pension Paid8½d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
10th November 1860 Portland Dorset England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
PALMERSTON 11th February 1861
Date/Place of Birth1819 Newbridge Kildare 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 1819 Ireland
Date/Place of Marriage31st July 1848 St James Street Methodist Church Montreal Canada
Children by 1st WifeJames Evans B 1851 Montreal Canada
M WIMBRIDGE Ellen Teresa 5th February 1872 Perth Western Australia
D 12th November 1931 York Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Fremantle Cemetery Western Australia
Susan B 1855  Montreal Canada
M CARTWRIGHT Thomas 1872 Perth Western Australia
D 9th February 1906 North Perth Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
William John B 6th January 1859 Not yet known
bap 30th January 1859 St Patrick’s Catholic Church Montreal Canada
M BATTY Mary 14th October 1880 New Norcia Western Australia
D 11th December 1942 York Western Australia
Bridget B 1862 Fremantle Western Australia
D 14th November 1897 Perth Western Australia
bur East Perth Cemeteries 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
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesWest Australian Tuesday 17th November 1931 – page 7
West Australian Saturday 6th February 1886 – page 5
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial14th October 1868 Fremantle Western Australia
Skinner Street Cemetery Fremantle Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
23rd February 1897 Perth Western Australia
East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further Information1841 Worldwide Army index 2 entries

Patrick Gurney, Private 1269 65th Foot
31/05/1841 to 74th
A labourer B(orn) Naas, enl(isted) 21/02/1838
Location Isle aux Noix, Canada

Patrick Gurney Private 74th No service number
01/06/1841 from 65th Ft
Location Barbados, at sea, Montreal

Information extracted from entries by Elissa Kester, J.M. Duke and Donald J. Graham in British Genealogy and Family History Forum

Patrick enlisted and was assigned to the 65th Regiment in 1838;
The 65th was in Nova Scotia in 1838-1841
The 74th was in Quebec in 1841-1845
The 52nd was in Quebec in 1842-1845
The 23rd was in Quebec in 1838-1853
The 54th was in Quebec in 1851-1854
The 17th was in Quebec in 1856- 1868
Patrick was discharged July 1859.
Patrick was evidently able to remain in Quebec and transfer to incoming regiments without difficulty although there is a missing period of 1854- 1856. The only regiment noted as being in the Colony at this period was the 76th but not specifically in Quebec. Possibly he was assigned to a “Static Duty”, I.E. “Prison Guard”, and being married and settled with children was able to switch as various regiments came and went.