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Claremont Pensioner Guard Village October 2010 and July 2011 EPG Gazette

Henry’s Story by Jack Herbert – EPG Gazette Vol 1 No 1 2000

Royal African Corps

Royal Newfoundland Veteran Company

NameHERBERT – Henry
Regiment (s)Royal African Colonial Corps
Royal Newfoundland Veteran Company
Regiment Number (s) – / 770
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
13th October 1824 / 18 years / Chatham Kent England
Description – Height
5 Ft 5 ½ in
Pale / Grey / Pale / None
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 2 years
Newfoundland – 2 years
Length of Service20 years 331 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 14th December 1847 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Huntingdon England
Pension Districts1848 Cambridge
1850-1885 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 Birth14th September 1806 Alconbury Huntingdon 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
Not known
2nd Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
c 1816
Date/Place of Marriage20th February1833 Strood near Rochester Kent England
Children by 2nd WifeWilliam B 1836 Kent
Bp 2nd September 1836 Rochester Kent England
M BUNTER Mary 1870 Greenough Flats Western Australia
D 5th March 1919 Fremantle WA
Buried Fremantle Cemetery WA
Mary b 1839 Kent England
Bp 26th June 1839 St Margaret’s Rochester Kent England
D 4th January 1840 aged 7 months Fort Pitt Rochester Kent England
Henry B c1845 Fort Pitt Hospital Chatham Kent (tentative)
Bp 6th April 1845 Chatham Kent
M HUNT Leah 11th April 1866 Greenough WA
D 11th January 1916 Geraldton WA
Bur Mingenew WA
Joseph B 4th Qtr 1849 registered Huntingdon, Huntingdonshire England
M PARNHAM (nee HADDRILL) Elizabeth 21st August 1876 Upper Swan Western Australia
D 11th November 1918 Upper Swan Western Australia
Father of 2nd Wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 2nd Wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
16th July 1850 Assigned Locations P225 and P245 Butlers Swamp/ Freshwater Bay totalling 10 acres
18th August 1857 applied for Fee Simple granted 1858
Occupation after
Small Farmer
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette 14th June 1850
Inquirer and Commercial news Wednesday 8th April 1885 page 5 Death of Henry Herbert
The Daily News (Perth WA) Thursday 18th November 1886 page 3 death of Ann Herbert
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial2nd April 1885 Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
2nd Wife
16th November 1886 Western Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide index
1841 Henry Herbert (no number) Private Chatham Invalid Depot Royal Newfoundland Veteran Companies location Chatham Kent
1841 Census HO 107/491/6 Fort Pitt Hospital and Barracks St. Margaret Rochester Kent
Henry Herbert age 35 not born in County
Ann Herbert age 25 not born in County
William age 5 born in County
Discharge due to chronic rheumatism affecting arms, loins and lower extremities
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 Henry Herbert, farm labourer, 1/-, 16th January, married, 3 children
When Ann Herbert established her school at Freshwater Bay she was awarded a salary of £10 per annum by 31st March 1862 Mrs Herbert had a salary of £30 per annum
11th June 1851 Captain Bruce in his annual report to the Secretary at War wrote the following:
“The school mistress is a respectable woman, who formerly held the same situation in a Regiment, and she gives such satisfaction that one of the most respectable and industrious Colonists of his class in the neighbourhood is glad to send his children to her. I am raising subscriptions, and hope ere long to be enabled to build a schoolroom, which may also answer as a place of worship; at present the school is held in the mistress’s cottage, where likewise as being the most commodious in the Village, Devine service is performed in Sundays, by a clergyman, to whom the Archdeacon was good enough to assign this duty during his last tour”.