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Honourable East India Company – Painting of Battle of Ferozeshah 1845


Regiment (s)Honourable East India Company Bengal Artillery
Regiment Number (s) Discharge No. 299
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
19th October 1834 / 20 years / Cork Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 10 in
Fresh / Brown / Brown / None
Overseas Service/Duration29th June 1835 embarked from England for India per “Earl Grey”
Length of Service12 years 2 months
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeGunner / 1st February 1848 / Not stated
Campaign MedalsNot yet known
Intended Residence at
Not stated
Pension Districts1848 1st East London
1852 2nd East London
1852 Tilbury Fort
1853-1854 Western Australia
1858-1859 Tasmania
1859- Melbourne
1860-1868 Adelaide SA
1868-1870 Melbourne Vic
Pension Paid9d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
22nd November 1852 London England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
DUDBROOK 7th February 1853
Date/Place of Birthc1815 Cork 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
Did not marry
Date/Place of MarriageNot applicable
Children by 1st WifeNot applicable
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not applicable
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not applicable
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
1853 employed in Convict Establishment without sanction of Staff Office Pension “Sleeping on post … when spoken to, was very impertinent; setting a bad example to the prisoners listening. Reported to CompGen for insolence to Supt. Dismissed 8/11/1853” –  Warders and Gaolers: A Dictionary of Western Australian Prison Officers
Newspaper ArticlesNot yet known
Departure from Western
Left after August 1854 left without permission pension suspended.  Pension reinstated 1858 Victoria.
Date/Place of Death/Burial26th September 1870 Melbourne Victoria Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not applicable
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationDischarged due to Insanity.
June 1853 charged with military offence in WA, employed in Convict Establishment without sanction of Staff Office Pension.
August 1854 deserted, pension suspended
Between 1st July 1854 and 30th September 1858 the arrears of his pension amounted to £58/4/9 his passage money of £15 was deducted leaving a balance of £43/4/9 which was duly paid to him. He was in South Australia from 1 January 1860 until 1868 when he shifted to Victoria
Although John was a single man when he came to WA however from the remarks on his WO23 record when he died it appears he may have married in Australia