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KEAUGHRAN – Edward Royal Artillery 2nd Battalion

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Royal Artillery Badge
NameKEAUGHRAN – Edward
Regiment (s)Royal Artillery 2nd Battalion
Regiment Number (s) 446 and 2163
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
20th February 1826 / 20 years / Dublin Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 9½ in
Fresh / Dark Blue / Black / None
Overseas Service/DurationPortugal – 1 year 3 months
Malta – 9 years 9 months
Length of Service22 Years 359 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeGunner and Driver / 9th January 1849 /  Woolwich  England
Campaign MedalsNot yet known
Intended Residence at
Athlone Ireland
Pension Districts1849 Athlone Ireland
1851-1861 Western Australia
1861 Madras
1862-1865 Mauritius
Pension Paid1/1d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
1st February 1851 Falmouth England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
MERMAID 15th May 1851
Date/Place of Birth1808  Athlone  Westmeath  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
KEATING Maria (Mermaid’s Surgeon lists her as Eliza)
Date/Place of MarriageDecember 1829  St. Peter’s  Athlone Westmeath  Ireland
Children by 1st WifeMargaret  B 1832  Manchester England
M TOWNSEND William 29th April 1855 Western Australia
D 1875 Not yet known
Edward F V  B  1838 Malta
(This child was not with the family when they arrived in Western Australia)
Thomas J   B 1840 Malta
M SHEAN Eliza Jane 4th February 1865 Perth Western Australia
D  April 1897 Fremantle, Western Australia
Ellen  B  1843 Not yet known
Mary   B 1845 Not 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
North Fremantle lot P8 Swan Street
1 acre – assigned 20th November 1852
4th September 1860 applied for fee Simple P 8 -awarded
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesInquirer and Commercial News 21st January 1857 –  page 4 – E Kaughran (sic) an Enrolled Pensioner donated 2 shillings to the Nightingale Fund
Many references to Thomas J Keaughran, a land surveyor
Inquirer and Commercial News Friday 16th April 1897 page 4 Death of Thomas said he was a journalist
Departure from Western
Madras 1861
Mauritius 1862
Date/Place of Death/BurialNot yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 Edward Keaughran Gunner and Driver 5th Battalion RA 3rd Company remarks: on Gozo Location Malta
Discharge due to chronic rheumatism: “In October 1835 on board the “Sovereign’ transport, on passage from England to Malta he got a very severe wetting, which was followed by rheumatism of his right knee…”
1851 – Mermaid’s Ships Surgeon log Daughters Margaret age 20. Jane age 6 and Anne age 3 were all treated for Rubeola during the voyage whereas he also lists the children of Edward and Eliza Keaughran as:
Margaret 18 years
Thomas 10 years
Ellen age 6 years
Mary age 3 years
4th May 1853 – witness into the conduct of Pensioner Henry GUERIN
9th June 1855 – shown in Military return for pensioners residing North Fremantle as living with his wife and 3 children all were Roman Catholic
14th October 1857 Edward Keaughran reported for guard duty drunk at North Fremantle, when the detail arrived to take him in charge to the guard room at Fremantle he drew a sword and threatened Pensioner McKay and Sergeant Michael O’Bryan saying he would “run the sword through the first man who came near him’. After a violent struggle he was disarmed. He was subsequently struck of the Enrolled Force and his pension suspended for 8 months although Captain Bruce suggested he have his pension halved for 16 months.
25th March 1861-15th August 1861 – Thomas Keaughran (son) was employed as an Assistant warder – dismissed
1865 – Thomas was a police constable in Perth and Champion Bay / Northampton
1873 Balance of Edward’s pension was paid to Mrs DOYLE (not known) possibly in Mauritius