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IMPEY – Matthew 15th Hussars and 3rd Dragoon Guards

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15th Dragoons Kings Hussars
3rd Light Dragoons Uniform
NameIMPEY – Mathew
Regiment (s)15th Hussars and 3rd Dragoon Guards
Regiment Number (s)  746 / 356
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
1st May 1839 / 18 years 1 month  / London Middlesex England
Description – Height
5 Ft 7 in
Fresh / Hazel / Brown / Scar on right cheek
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 17 years 8 months
Length of Service24 years 33 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 16th May 1863 /Canterbury Kent England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Hastings Street Luton Bedfordshire England
Pension Districts1863 North London
1865 Tilbury –they joined the ship at Portland
1865-1866 Western Australia
1867-1880 New Zealand
Pension Paid1/1d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
26th May 1865 Portland England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
RACEHORSE 10th August 1865
Date/Place of Birthc1821 Dunstable Bedfordshire England
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Thomas Impey
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
B 23 January 1833 Bangalore Madras India
Date/Place of MarriageAnn Julia ARCHBOLD
B 23 January 1833 Bangalore Madras India
Bap 17th April 1833 St. Mary’s Bangalore Madras India
Children by 1st WifeJames B 4 July 1848 Bangalore Madras India
M O’CONNELL Mary Josephine 29 October 1870 Parnell New Zealand
D 1st April 1927 New Zealand age 78
Eliza B 27 August 1850 Bangalore India
M CHURCHES George 1868 New Zealand
D 1918 New Zealand GE 68
Ann Julia B 3 April 1853 Bangalore Madras India
M MULLINS Robert 27 February 1873 New Zealand
D 16 September 1883 New Zealand age 33
All three children baptised St. Mark’s Bangalore
Harriett B 1862 Canterbury Kent England
Bp 30 March 1862 Garrison Chapel Canterbury Kent
M VERCOE Richard Barrett New Zealand 1884
D 1942 age 80 years New Zealand
Mary Ann B 1864 England
M NAIRN Thomas 1883 New Zealand
D 1910 age 46 New Zealand
Matthew B 1867 New Zealand
D 1939 New Zealand age 72
Thomas B 1869 New Zealand
M BENNETT Eleanor Lymburn 1892
D 1953 Auckland New Zealand
Amy Bertha B 1872 New Zealand
M KEAT John Edward 1896
D 1940 New Zealand age 68
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
James ARCHBOLD private 13th Light Dragoons
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
BOUMAN Margaret (Widow)
30th June 1824 Bangalore Madras India
Land Grants Western
Not applicable
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesThe Perth Gazette and West Australian Times Friday 23 November 1866 page 2 Gem to ES
Daily Southern Cross 12 November 1870 page 2 Marriage of James Impey
New Zealand Herald Vol xx issue 6880 5 December 1883
Auckland Star 6 June 1893 death of Ann Julia
New Zealand Herald 2nd April 1927 page 12 Obituary James Impey, bandmaster
Departure from Western
23rd November 1866 to Melbourne per “Gem” with family
Date/Place of Death/Burial1880 New Zealand
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1893 Otahuhu Auckland New Zealand
Bur Otahuhu Cemetery NZ
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
Matthew was stationed at Bangalore for both 1841 and 1851
Matthew was discharged from service at his own request having served in excess of 24 years’ service. He had a silver medal for long service and good behaviour and a gratuity of five pounds.
1861 Matthew Impey, his wife and two daughters are living at the Cavalry and Artillery Barracks at St. Mary’s Northgate Canterbury with his regiment but son James is not with them.
Both his wife and daughters were born in the East Indies and noted as being ‘British Subjects’
Mentioned in the Surgeon’s Log stating they had been rejected at Tilbury from previous ship (Merchantman) as the children had measles. Were accepted for embarkation at Portland on “Racehorse” as measles already existed on the vessel.
NZ 1878 Electoral roll Matthew Impey had a residence and 2 acres, freehold, at Otahuhu in his possession.
In December 1883 Mrs Impey occupied a shop on the lower floor of a boarding house that was destroyed by fire. Also at the dwelling was her four year old niece Rose Impey and son Thomas age 12. Matthew was away from home at the time of the fire.
Ann Julia Impey died without making a will and her sons James and Thomas applied for Letters of Administration. All the surviving children were listed namely:
James Impey a musician
Thomas Impey a painter
Eliza Churches
Harriett Vercoe
Mary Nairn
Matthew Impey a druggist assistant
Amy Impey single woman
They did not expect the total value to exceed one hundred pounds.
Matthew’s son James followed his father into the army and was trained as a musician, he served in New Zealand during the Maori Wars before settling there where he was a bandmaster. (He did not come to WA on the Racehorse)There are many references to the band, if there was any sort of event at Auckland the band of Impey was there. (see obituary)