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HURLEY – John 54th and 87th Regiment

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54th Regiment Brass Badges
87th Regiment Colours
Indian Mutiny Medal
Died Perth Colonial Hospital
NameHURLEY – John
Regiment (s)54th and 87th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 2519 – 54th Regiment
2705 – 87th Regiment
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
20th February 1847 / 23 years / Clonmel Tipperary Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 8 in
Fresh / Hazel / Fair / None
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 10 years 8 months
China – 1 year 1 month
Length of Service15 years 23 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 14th April 1862 / probably Dublin as Inquiry held previously on 3rd April
Campaign MedalsIndian Mutiny Medal 1857 – 58
Intended Residence at
Glasgow Scotland
Pension Districts1862 Clonmel
1863 Tilbury
1863-1883 Western Australia
Pension Paid6d per diem
18th January 1881 Increased to 1/0d per diem for service in the Enrolled Force Western Australia 
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
23rd September 1863 Portland Dorset England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
LORD DALHOUSIE 28th December 1863
Date/Place of Birth1824 Dungarven Wexford Ireland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
1830 (deduced) Ireland
Date/Place of Marriage24 January 1863 Clonmel Tipperary Ireland
Children by 1st WifeMichael (HURDLEY sic) B 1863 Fremantle Western Australia
M Not yet known
D 4th October 1950 Leederville Western Australia
B Karrakatta Roman Catholic section
John (HURDLEY sic) (Mother Catherine HALLIDAY) B 1865 Fremantle Western Australia
D Not yet known
Patrick Joseph (HEARDLEY sic) B 2nd March 1867 Rottnest Island Western Australia
D Not yet known
James B 1871 Western Australia
D 1871 4 days old Fremantle Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
2nd Husband of WifeWRIGHT James
Date/Place of Marriage1885 Northampton Western Australia
Children by 2nd HusbandNone
Land Grants Western
Granted Willagee Swamp Location 232 of 20 acres (east side of North Lake Road and today it would be near Gilbertson and North Lake Roads Kardinya. Title issued 18th August 1884
Occupation after
Timber mill worker
Newspaper ArticlesWest Australian Times Friday 5th February 1875 – page 5
Inquirer & Commercial News Wednesday 25th April 1883 – page 3
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial21st April 1883 Colonial Hospital Perth Western Australia
East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1851 Location Ferozepore
1861 returning from China
Discharge: Unfit for further military duties due to long service and bronchitis causing excessive debility
John Hurley died as a result of horrific injuries incurred at the Jarrahdale timber mill where he was working.
In 1883 Mrs Hurley wrote to the police inquiring about the whereabouts of her son James who she had last heard from when he was working for a Mr McGuinness at Greenough. Inquiries were made and he was said to be working for a Mr Michael Morrissey at one of his sheep station in the upper Murchison district. They said he was known as John Hurley.
In 1884 Father John O’Reily wrote to the Colonial Secretary on behalf of Mrs Hurley. He said Catherine Hurley was a 54 year old widow and unable to work and had no means of support. Her three sons John (age 19), Michael (age 20) and Patrick (age 17) all whereabouts unknown. The Superintendent of the Poor House offered to receive her into the Poor House, an offer she declined.
In 1888 Patrick Hurley wrote from Geraldton requesting he be considered for employment as a light keeper preferably Geraldton however no position was available.