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HARRIS – John 97th Regiment 1st Battalion

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97th Regiment Ulster
Land Application South Perth
NameHARRIS – John
Regiment (s)97th Regiment 1st Battalion
Regiment Number (s) 30
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
5th April 1824 / 18 years 32 days / New Sarum (Salisbury) Wiltshire England
Description – Height
5 Ft 5½ in
Fair / Grey / Sandy / Right thumb partially disabled by whitlow
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 11 years 32 days
Mediterranean including Corfu – 7 years
Length of Service24 years 130 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 8th August 1848 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Not stated
Pension Districts1848 Trowbridge
1850-1869 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
4th March 1850 Portsmouth Hampshire England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
SCINDIAN 1st June 1850
Date/Place of Birthc1806 Pewsey Wiltshire England
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 Letitia Charlotte
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeWilliam B 1831 Wiltshire England
M NOONAN Mary 10th August 1853 Perth WA
D 7 May 1906 Tegelup Wagin WA
Buried at Arthur River (Saint Paul) Anglican Cemetery, Western Australia
Daughter of EPG William Noonan
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
Assigned Location P14 South Perth
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette 14th June 1850
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burialbur 1st March 1869 Williams Western Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1868 Western Australia
Will or ProbateLetters of Administration of Son William SROWA Cons 3458 1907/057
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 John Harris 30 Private 97th Foot location Corfu
Discharge due to being worn out and right thumb partially disabled at the last joint by a whitlow.
A John Harris married Charlotte Wood 1844-1846 Madras India. (Army Chaplains returns) If this was his wife it was not the mother of William as he was born in 1833.
3rd March 1850 son William, 17, received medical treatment during the voyage of the Scindian
After the arrival of the Scindian at Fremantle Captain Henderson wrote a report listing the rank name, trade or calling, rate of pension, date of enlistment for 5 months service, marital status, and number of children for each pensioner. Sometimes the trade of calling differed from that recorded at the time of attestation:
Private John Harris, farm labourer, 1/-, 21st January, married 1 child
7th August 1850 John Harris of the 97th regiment was one of the pensioners granted an allotment of 5 acres at South Perth, however due to the isolated location of the area that was only accessible by river the project was doomed to failure. Captain Bruce endeavoured to establish a firewood cutting enterprise which was a dismal failure. Some of the men obtained an allotment at Freshwater Bay but John Harris did not.
5-10km south of Arthur River is a brick chimney preserved on the eastern side of Albany Highway, all that remains of the homestead of some Harris descendants. In a field a few hundred metres away, on the western side of the highway, a memorial to five of William Harris & Mary Noonan’s children who died in three separate tragedies. The memorial is labelled ‘The Harris Five’ and is located near to where three of the children drowned in the creek. These five children would have been grandchildren of both the EPGs Harris and Noonan.