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61st South Gloucestershire Regiment
Indian Mutiny Medal
NameJENNINGS – Thomas
Regiment (s)61st Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 609
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
c 1831
Description – Height
5 Ft 10¼ in
Fresh / Grey / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationIndia
Length of Service21 years 2 months
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeSergeant / 9th March 1852 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsProbably for the 2nd Sihk wars – Indian Mutiny Medals
Intended Residence at
Not yet known
Pension Districts1852 Galway
1854-1858 Western Australia
1858-1885 Victoria
Pension Paid1/6d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
5th May 1854 Plymouth England via Gibraltar
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
RAMILLIES 7th August 1854
Date/Place of Birth1806 Balinrobe, Mayo Ireland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Date/Place of Birth
BELL Frances
Father/Mother are on the WA BMD death entry for Thomas
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
CONWAY Bridget
C 1816
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeMary b c1840
M WALL Frederick Francis 1866 Victoria
D 19 September 1889 West Melbourne Victoria
Margaret B 1842
Bp 13th June 1842 Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland England
William B c1846
Possible death January 1902 Father Thomas Mother Bridget Sydney NSW
James b 31 July 1850 Peshawar India
Possible death 1896 Waterloo NSW Father Thomas Mother Bridget
Michael B 1853
D 1856 Melbourne Victoria age 6 years
Possible death 1911 Sydney New South Wales, Father Thomas Jennings, mother Bridget
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
CONWAY Michael
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesThe Age Wednesday 6 June 1883 page 1 Death of Bridget Jennings
The Age 20th January 1885 page 1 death notice of Thomas Jennings
Bendigo Advertiser Thursday 22 January 1885 page 2
The Age Friday 20 September 1889 page1 Death of Mary Wall
Departure from Western
1858 to Victoria
On the passenger list for the CW Bradley that departed 10th March 1857 for Adelaide are Bridget Jennings and infant, Mary, Margaret, James and another Bridget Jennings
Thomas and William departed 4 September 1858 from Port Adelaide aboard the Havilah for Melbourne
Another 2 children (male and female) departed 11 September 1858 on the Burra Burra from Adelaide
Date/Place of Death/Burial19 January 1885 Melbourne Victoria
Date/Place of Death/Burial
4th June 1883 West Melbourne Victoria
Will or ProbateNot yet known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 Located Woolwich and Bolton
1851 Peshawar Pakistan
Further research required for this man as WO97 discharge document doesn’t appear to exist. Information above has been compiled from several WO12 WO22 and WO23 documents and further information found on pension payments held by National Archives of Australia.
On the sick list for the Ramillies Michael’s age appears to be 22 but seeing he died age 6 in 1859 perhaps it was 22 months.
Mary aged 15 and Margaret aged 12 also received medical treatment during the voyage.
The 61st Foot spent more than thirty years on garrison duty before seeing active service again. From 1816-22 they were stationed in Jamaica, from 1822-28 in England and from 1828-40 in Ceylon. They were stationed in England and Ireland from 1840-45.[2] In 1845 they moved to India, fighting in the Second Anglo-Sikh War of 1848-49: at the Battle of Ramnagar (November 1848), Battles of Saddalupar and Chillianwala (December 1848-January 1849) and Battle of Gujrat (February 1849)