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12th Suffolk Regiment Cap Badge
NameKELLY – Joseph Plunkett
Regiment (s)12th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 673
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
11th May 1829 / 19 years / Boyle Roscommon Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 8 in
Fair / Blue / Light Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationMauritius – 5 years 8 months
Length of Service20 years 303 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 14th May 1850 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Pension Districts1850 Glasgow
1851 Aberdeen
1851 Edinburgh 1st
1851 Dundee
1851 Newcastle
1852, 1854 -55 Edinburgh
1854 Turkey (Ambulance Corps see further information)
1855 Edinburgh 1st from Ambulance Corps
April 1856 Western Australia
1859 – 65 Cape of Good Hope
1866 – 67 London
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
5th January 1856 Plymouth Devon England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
WILLIAM HAMMOND 29th March 1856
Date/Place of Birthc1810 Kilkivan Roscommon 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 married
Date/Place of MarriageNot applicable
Children by 1st WifeNot applicable
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not applicable
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not applicable
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesThe Perth Gazette and Independent Journal of Politics and News Friday 29th July 1859 page 2
Departure from Western
Late 1858/early 1859 left Western Australia (unknown ship) for Cape of Good Hope South Africa
Date/Place of Death/BurialNot yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not applicable
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 Joseph P Kelly 673 Private 12th Foot was located Depot Paisley and Sunderland
Discharge due to Chronic Rheumatism
1859–1865 residing at Capetown South Africa: London England 1866-67 and Dublin Ireland in 1868 until at least 1874
Remarks on his Admission to Chelsea Hospital dated 14 February 1866: ‘This man has just arrived from the Cape having no friends and being in bad health, no wife or family.’
1851 Census Joseph Kelly a single man aged 40 a Chelsea pensioner is a lodger in the home of James McGeadey in the village of Markinch Fife Scotland

The Ambulance Corps was raised in 1854 from former Army servicemen who had been discharged to pension. Consisting of four officers and two hundred other ranks and equipped with wagons for transporting the wounded and the necessary medical supplies they embarked at Woolwich on the 10th June 1854 for duty at Crimea where they were to act as stretcher bearers on the battlefield, provide transport for the sick and wounded from battle field to hospital, serve as hospital orderlies and servants for the medical staff. Totally untrained and already found unfit for service in the Army the Corps was not a success and within twelve months was disbanded the pensioners returned to the UK and their duties taken over by the Land Transport Corps and the Medical Staff Corps