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KEESHAN / KEESHAM – Michael 49th Regiment

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49th Regiment
British Crimea Medal Alma Inkerman Sebastopol Clasp
Turkish Crimea Medal
Regiment (s)49th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 2787
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
9th December 1848 / 19 years / Templemore Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 9 in
Fair / Grey / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationIonian Islands – 2 years 1 month
Turkey – 5 months
Malta – 1 year
Crimea – 1 year 10 months
West Indies Barbados – 3 years 2 months
East Indies – 4 years 1 month
Length of Service21 years 76 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 22nd February 1870 / Colchester Essex England
Campaign MedalsCrimean War Medal with Alma Inkerman and Sebastopol clasps
Turkish Crimean Medal
Intended Residence at
Tipperary Ireland
Pension Districts1870 Halifax
1873 Greenwich
1874-1895 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
1887 Increased to 1/2½d per diem for service Enrolled Force
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
1st November 1873 Gravesend England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
NAVAL BRIGADE 18th February 1874
Date/Place of Birthc1828 Barna Moneygall Kings Ireland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
c1834 Gibraltar
Date/Place of Marriage13th March 1865 St. Peters Athlone Roscommon Ireland
Children by 1st WifeWilliam Joseph B c1859 Lancashire England
D 24th May 1874 Perth Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Elizabeth B c1865 Mullingar Ireland (Mother Faulkner)
M FRANK(S) John 27th April 1885 Fremantle Western Australia
D 9th February 1922 Claremont Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Michael B 11th July 1867
Bp 11th July 1867 Deesa Bombay East Indies
D 27th April 1901 age 33 Fremantle WA
Buried Fremantle Cemetery WA
Patrick B c1869 East Indies
D 5th July 1888 age 19 Fremantle WA
Bur 5th August 1888 St. Patrick’s Skinner Street Cemetery Fremantle WA
Ephraim John B c1871 Halifax Yorkshire England
D 1887 Western Australia
Bur 9th August 1887 St. Patrick’s Skinner Street Cemetery Fremantle WA
Peter John 1873 Halifax Yorkshire
M Mary NICOLAY 24th December 1889 Perth WA
D18th June 1918 Carnarvon WA
James B 1876 Perth Western Australia (Mother Faulkner)
D 7th March 1877 Perth Western Australia
bur East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
LEARY Ephraim Felkin
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesThe Perth Gazette and West Australian Times – Local and General News 12th June 1874 – page 2 Shooting of William Joseph Keeshan
The Evening Times (Fremantle WA) Thursday 5th July 1888 page 3 Death of Patrick Keeshan
The West Australian Thursday 19th December 1889 page 3 Death of Michael Keeshan
The West Australian Wednesday 6th February 1895 page 4 Funeral Notice Mary Jane Keeshan
The West Australian Saturday 27th April 1901 page 5 Funeral Notice Michael Keeshan jnr
Northern Times (Carnarvon WA) Saturday 22nd June 1918 page 4 Death of Peter Keeshan
Northern Times Saturday 13th September 1919 page 2 Memorial notice Peter Keeshan
The Daily News Monday 13th February 1922 page 5 Obituary Elizabeth Frank
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/BurialDecember 1889 Manning’s Field Fremantle Western Australia
Buried 17th December 1889 St. Patrick’s Skinner Street Cemetery Fremantle WA (Gulielmus)
Date/Place of Death/Burial
February 1895 Western Australia
Buried 5th February 1895 St. Patrick’s Skinner Street Cemetery Fremantle WA
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1851 Michael Keeshan 2787 Private 49th Foot location Fermoy Cork, Ireland and Corfu Ionian Islands
1861 Michael Keeshan 2787 Private 49th Foot location Portsmouth
In the 1861 census Michael Kushan (sic) an unmarried man is with his regiment at the Aldershot Barracks.
1871 Census Michael Keeshan age 41 a pensioner working as a labourer in a wool warehouse is living with his wife Mary Ann age 37 born Gibraltar and their family.
William Age 12 was born in Manchester Lancashire – although it is not stated he was possibly a step son.
Elizabeth age 6 was born 1865 at Mullingar Ireland, Michael age 4 was born in the East Indies as was Patrick age 2. Son Ephraim aged just 6 weeks was born 1871 at Halifax.
His wife Mary Jane used both the names Faulkner and Leary when baptising her children but she married as Leary and gave that as her father’s name. Her father’s name is given as Ephraim Felkin Leary, possibly was “Ephraim Faulkner Leary” giving rise to name confusion .
November 1880 Michael Keeshan’s name is on the Nominal List for the Enrolled Guard and he was living at the No 1 Fremantle Barracks with his wife and 5 children and bought furniture at the barracks sale. He was employed at the Fremantle Magazine between 1st March and 30th June 1881; he does not appear to have been enlisted in the Guard.
Son Peter John Keeshan enlisted in the AIF on 3rd November 1915. On his attestation form he said he was age 42 born in Halifax Yorkshire (born 1873). He was a widower without children and gave his next-of-kin as his sister Mrs Elizabeth Frank of Shenton Road Claremont WA. He had previously served in the Volunteer Force WA. He gave his occupation as a ‘bushman’ He returned to Australia on the Balmoral Castle 1st February 1918 suffering injuries.