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HELLIWELL / HOLLYWELL – Robert Honourable East India Company

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Honourable East India Company – Painting of Battle of Ferozeshah 1845
Wife’s Obituary – Sister Helliwell EPG Gazette 2003_-_Vol_4-2__Apr
Regiment (s)Honourable East India Company Bengal Artillery 5th Battalion
Regiment Number (s) 338
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
27th January 1842 / 24 years / Westminster London England
Description – Height
5 Ft 10¼ in
Fresh / Blue/ Dark Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationHEIC
Length of Service10 years 6 months
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeGunner / 10th August 1853 / Not yet known
Campaign MedalsNot yet known
Intended Residence at
Todmorden Halifax Yorkshire England
Pension Districts1853 Halifax
1856- 1869 Western Australia
1869-1886 Halifax England
Pension Paid9d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
5th January 1856 Plymouth Devon England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
WILLIAM HAMMOND 29th March 1856
Date/Place of Birth1816 Hebden Bridge Heptonstall Yorkshire England
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
c1787 Wadsworth Yorkshire England
Date/Place of Birth
SiblingsJames B 1813 Heptonstall Halifax Yorkshire England
Thomas B 1815 Heptonstall Halifax Yorkshire England
Betty B 1818 Heptonstall Halifax Yorkshire England
Hannah B 1821 Heptonstall Halifax Yorkshire England
Sarah B 1823 Heptonstall Halifax Yorkshire England
John B 1826 Heptonstall Halifax Yorkshire England
D 1893
William B 1830 Heptonstall Halifax Yorkshire England
Emma B 1833 Heptonstall Halifax Yorkshire England
Date of Birth or Baptism
REED Hannah (Ann)
B 29th July 1822 Kingston Dublin Ireland
Date/Place of Marriage25th October 1840 Anglican Chapel Heptonstall Halifax Yorkshire England
Children by Wife
William B February 1844 Benares India
D 1844 aged 11 days Benares India
William B March 1845 Cawnpore India
D May 1849 aged 4 years Cawnpore India
Robert B 1847 Lahore India
D 1847 aged 4 months Lahore India
Joshua B June 1848
D May 1849 aged 11 months Lahore India
Thomas B June 1850 Lahore India
D 1853 aged 3 years Umballa India
Isaac B 31st May 1852 Umballa India
M GOODWIN Rosina 24th November 1885 Port Melbourne Victoria Australia
D  3rd August 1931 Subiaco Western Australia Death of Isaac Helliwell
Emma B March 1855 Yorkshire
D Not yet known
Roden B 8th July 1862(?) Fremantle Western Australia
bap 5th August 1862 St Johns Anglican Fremantle Western Australia
M SHAW Mary Elizabeth 11th May 1879 St Luke’s Liverpool Lancashire
Divorced 1898
M BOSMAN Wilhelmena Maria 19th October 1892 Pretoria SA
D 21st September 1919 Witwatersrand South Africa
Father of wife
Date/Place of Birth
REED Edward
Not yet known
Mother of wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
North Fremantle P13 Swan Street formerly assigned to William Gilmore Robert Helliwell had to pay for the improvements made during Gilmore’s tenure. The 1 acre extended from Swan Street down to the river
Date assigned 31st December 1857
Title Application 3 December 1863 Title Deed 1962
Occupation after
Market gardener/ labourer
Newspaper ArticlesThe Inquirer and Commercial News Wednesday 30 July 1856 page 3 Trial of Captain Foss
The Perth Gazette and Independent Journal of Politics and News Friday 25th July 1856 page 3 Trial Captain Foss
The Perth Gazette and West Australian times Friday 12th July 1867 page 2 Witness at the trial of the murder of Andrew Alcock
The West Australian Tue 26th February 1901 page 6 Death notice Ann Helliwell
Western Mail Saturday 2 March 1901 page 13 Obituary of Ann Helliwell (not very accurate)
The Advocate Thursday 6th August 1931 page 6 Obituary Isaac Helliwell
Departure from Western
1869 returned to Yorkshire (unknown ship(s): pension commenced in Halifax 1st May 1869
Date/Place of Death/Burial18th August 1886 Langfield Yorkshire England
21st August 1886 Cross Stone Yorkshire England
Date/Place of Death/Burial
23rd February 1901 North Fremantle Western Australia (returned to Western Australia after Robert’s death in 1886 to be with son Isaac’s family)
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationThroughout his army career his name is spelt Hollywell
Discharge due to an injury to the left foot by the trail of a gun at exercise
During the voyage on the William Hammond Robert received medical treatment for an ulcer and phlegmon
In the Court Martial for Captain Foss amongst the other pensioners who entrusted him with money for safe keeping Captain Foss had defrauded Robert Helliwell of £5/10/- money due and another £50 which he had deposited with him-interestingly £15 had been in gold.
A family history has been written by Jean McDonald: The Helliwell Family: A Part of the North Fremantle History, Success Print Western Australia 2002.
Embarked England 8th June 1842 per “Madagascar” for India
Embarked India 1853 per “Prince of Wales” for England