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HOLGATE – Robert – Royal Artillery 2nd Battery

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Robert Holgate EPG Gazette 2002 No 4

Royal Artillery Badge
Suicide – The Herald 1 Feb 1868
Name HOLGATE – Robert
Regiment (s)Royal Artillery 2nd Battalion
Regiment Number (s)
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
24th February 1826 / 19 years / Burnley Lancashire England
Description – Height
5 Ft 9 in
Fresh / Brown / Black / None
Overseas Service/DurationMauritius – 3 years 3 months
West Indies – 5 years 4 months
Length of Service21 years 361 Days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeGunner & Driver /  11th January 1848 / Jersey Channel Islands
Campaign MedalsNot yet known
Intended Residence at
Jersey Channel Islands
Pension Districts1848 Jersey
1856-1868 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0½d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
5th June 1856 Plymouth England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
RUNNYMEDE 7th September 1856
Date/Place of Birthc1807 Colne Lancashire England
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
1836 Armagh Ireland
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
McCOY Mary
B c1813 England
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeRobert b 1839 Barbados West Indies
Robert B 28th April 1843
Bp 18th August 1843 Barbados West Indies
D (Possible) 1844 Pontypool Monmouthshire Wales
Mary Ann B c1841 Barbados West Indies
bap 1860 St Patrick’s Fremantle (as an adult)
M RANDAL/L Thomas EPG Clara 2 November 1857
M WESTON (date, place and Christian name all unknown)
D 24th October 1909 Wagin Western Australia
Buried Cemetery Wagin Western Australia
John B c1845 England
M HARWOOD Sarah 1865 Fremantle WA
D 10th November 1933 Busselton WA
Harriet Elizabeth B 1851 St Helier Jersey Channel Islands Family Search baptism had her name Harrietta
bap 1860 St Patrick’s Fremantle (as an adult)
M ATKINS William 1869 Bunbury WA
D 16 June 1930 Bunbury WA
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
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesIInquirer and Commercial News Wednesday 8 July 1863 page 3
Theft of a watch from Robert Holgate and a hat from William Holgate
The Herald Saturday 11 January 1868 page 3 Inquest into death
The Perth Gazette and West Australian Times Friday 8 October 1869 page 3 Mary Holgate and Mary Randall gave evidence in a murder trial
South Western Tribute Tuesday 24 January 1930 page 2 Obituary Harriet Atkins
Southern Argus & Wagin-Arthur Express Saturday 30th October 1909 page 2 Obituary Mary Weston & p4

The South-Western News Friday 17th November 1933 page 2 Obituary John Holgate

Departure from Western
Not Applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial7th January 1868 Fremantle Western Australia
Skinner Street Cemetery Fremantle WA (Aldgate)
Date/Place of Death/Burial
5th April 1882 Western Australia
Buried Bunbury Pioneers Cemetery Bunbury WA
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 Robert Holgate location Barbados
Discharge due to chronic rheumatism and constitution worn out.
In the 1851 Census Robert is living at Breton Yard St Helier Jersey Channel Islands with his wife and three children. Both Roberts born 1841 and 1843 are not with the family and possibly died.
A William Holgate is mentioned in the newspaper of 8th July 1863 so there may have been another child