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40th Somersetshire Regiment
Gwalior Star 1843 [Maharajpoor]
NameHARRIS – Thomas
Regiment (s)40th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 741
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
2nd April 1834 / 18 years 6 months / Rochester Kent England
Description – Height
5 Ft 11 in
Fresh / Grey / Light Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 10 Years 6 months
Length of Service23 years 16 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 6th June 1857 / Belfast Ireland
Campaign MedalsAfghanistan Medal (1841-42) with Candahar Ghuznee and Cabul clasps
Gwalior Campaign Star (1843)
Intended Residence at
St Thomas Oxford Oxfordshire England
Pension Districts1857 Oxford
1859-1864 Western Australia
Pension Paid11d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
26th May 1859 Plymouth Devon England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
SULTANA 19th August 1859
Date/Place of Birth1816 Oxford Oxfordshire 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
Did not marry
Date/Place of MarriageNot applicable
Children by 1st WifeNot applicable
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesNot yet known
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial14th December 1864 Western Australia
Church of England Section East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not applicable
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 Thomas Harris 741 Private 40th Regt, location Quettah, Bombay
(In 1841 the 40th Regiment of foot camped at Quetta on its way to Afghanistan where they experienced a severe outbreak of Cholera. They fought with General Nott during his Afghan campaign being awarded the Afghanistan Medal with clasps.)
1851 Thomas Harris 741 Private 40th Regt. Location Cork
Discharge due to chronic hepatitis.
The Gwalior Star is a 6 pointed medal made of bronze from cannons captured during the battle and has a silver disc in the middle dated 29 December 1843 and the battle name of either Maharajpore or Punniar. The reverse has the name of the soldier and the regiment.