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KEARNS / KEARNES – William 74th Regiment

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74th Regiment Highlanders
South Africa Medal
NameKEARNS / KEARNES – William
Regiment (s)74th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1791
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
17th February 1840 / 19 years 11 months / Fort William Monaghan Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 7½ in
Fresh / Blue / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationNorth America – 3 years 9 months
Cape of Good Hope – 2 years 9 months
East Indies – 4 years 5 months
Length of Service21 years 18 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 26th March 1861 / Aberdeen Scotland
Campaign MedalsSouth Africa Medal for 3rd Kaffir War 1850-1853
Intended Residence at
Clones Monaghan Ireland
Pension Districts1861 Monaghan
1861 Paisley
1863 2nd Glasgow
1864 Tilbury
1864 Western Australia
Pension Paid8d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
30th January 1864 Portland
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
CLARA 13th April 1864
Date/Place of Birthc1820 Clones Monaghan Ireland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
Not yet known
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
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesInquirer and Commercial News Wednesday 10th August 1864 page 2 Death by choking
Departure from Western
Not Applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial
6th August 1864 Fremantle Western Australia
Buried Skinner Street Cemetery Fremantle Anglican section said he died from choking on a piece of meat
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 William Kearnes 1791 Private 74th foot Depot 17/05/1841 embarked for service Co Location Waterford
1851 William Kearnes 1791 Colour Sergeant Location Fermoy and Cork and at sea
Discharge having served 21 years
During the voyage of the Clara W.Kears was one of the six guards reported for gross negligence of duty in taking his ammunition from a pouch and concealing it in the barracks, Grog stopped for 3 days and the matter to be referred to the Commandant at Fremantle.