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William Kean
British Crimea Medal Alma-Inkerman-Sebastopol Clasps
Turkish Crimea Medal
16th Regiment Bedfordshire Cap Badge
88th Regiment

EPF Disbanded 1887 EPG Gazette October 2011

Disbandment of EPG EPG_Gazette_2003_-_Vol_4-2__Apr

NameKEAN / KAIN / KEEN – William
Regiment (s)16th and 88th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1377 – 16th / 2981 – 88th
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
16th Regiment c 1839
88th Regiment – 12th December 1853 / 34 years /  Bury Lancashire England
Description – Height
5 Ft 7 in
Fresh / Dark Blue / Light Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationIndia – 1 year 6 months
Gibraltar – 1 year
West Indies – 2 years
Corfu – 4 years 6 months
Crimea and Turkey – 2 years
Length of Service17 years 50 days (14years 52 days in 16th regiment)
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 9th December 1856 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsCrimea Medal Clasps Alma, Inkerman & Sebastopol
Crimea Turkish
Intended Residence at
Not yet known
Pension Districts1856 Birr
1858-1870 Western Australia
1870 -1879 Melbourne
1879 – 1888 Western Australia
Pension Paid9d per diem
1887 Increased to 1/0d per diem for service in Enrolled Force Western Australia
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
26th August 1858 Plymouth England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
EDWIN FOX 20th November 1858
Date/Place of Birthc1819 Nenagh Tipperary Ireland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
KEAN Patrick (see siblings section)
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsMary  B 1836 daughter of Patrick. Said to have also been on the Edwin Fox and met convict John McCann aka Crimpton / Walker (convict number 5294). Despite William Kean’s opposition, they married on 4 March 1862 and eventually settled in Geraldton, where their 7 children were born.
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
1821-1827 Tipperary Ireland
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeNot yet known
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
2nd WifePARKER Elizabeth Wood (widow)
Date/Place of Marriage31st August 1881 Johnston Memorial Church Fremantle Western Australia (name as KEEN)
Children by 2nd WifeNot yet known
Land Grants Western
Fremantle Lot S43
6 acres 14 perches 6.0.14 acres
Occupation after
Labourer (Melbourne)
Enrolled Guard from 24th September 1885 to disbandment 31st March 1887
Newspaper ArticlesThe Express (Fremantle) Wednesday 16th November 1870 page 2 Passenger list Eliza Blanche
The Age Saturday 14th July 1877 page 6 Inquest Mary Kain
Inquirer and Commercial News Wednesday 6th April 1887 page 5 Disbandment of Enrolled Force
The Evening News (Fremantle) Thursday 5th July 1888 page 3 Accident to William Kane (sic)
Departure from Western
14th November 1870 Eliza Blanche Fremantle to Melbourne
Date/Place of Death/Burial12th July 1888 Western Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1st Wife
11th July 1877 Melbourne Victoria
Date/Place of Death/Burial
2nd Wife
1887 Western Australia
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further Information1841 British Army 1841 World Wide Index reg 1377 at Canterbury
1851 British Army 1841 World Wide Index reg 1377 at Corfu
1856 Discharge was due to stricture of the urethra and bladder disease
1870 William Kean applied for a transfer to Melbourne where he wished to reside on 15th October 1870.
11th July 1877 Mary Kain (sic) died of Tetanus contracted after a fall in the street. They were living in Victoria Lane Melbourne at the time William is described as a labourer.
William died as a result of severe burns he received at home Adelaide Street Fremantle his second wife predeceased him in 1887.