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Thomas Kelly of Lincelles and Family – Peter Conole and Jean McDonald – January 2012 EPG Gazette

53rd Regiment Shropshire Colours
10th Regiment Lincolnshire
Indian Mutiny Medal with Lucknow Clasp
Punjab Medal w two clasps e.g. Chilianwala and Goojerat
Sutlej Medal with one clasp e.g. Sobraon
NameKELLY – Thomas
Regiment (s)53rd and 10th Regiment 1st Battalion
Regiment Number (s) 1222 – 53rd Regiment
1721 – 10th Regiment
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
2nd February 1839 / 21 years / Oberstown Naas Kildare Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 8½ in
Fresh / Dark / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 17 years 1 month
Length of Service18 years 335 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeSergeant / 10th July 1860 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsPunjab Campaign Medal with two clasps
Sutlej Medal with clasp for Sobraon
Indian Mutiny Medal with Lucknow clasp
Intended Residence at
Dunlaven Wicklow Ireland
Pension Districts1860 Carlow
1861 1st Dublin
1862-1888 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/3d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
6th October 1861 Portland England via Cape of Good Hope
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
LINCELLES 28th January 1862
Date/Place of Birthc1818 Dunlaven Wicklow 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
UNKNOWN Catherine Ann (see Further Information section)
c1822 Not yet known
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeThomas Patrick B 30th August 1848 Bp 16th September 1848 Lahore India
Thomas B 1846
D 27TH November 1852 Wuzeerabad India (age 6 years)
Mary Ann B 3rd July 1849 Umballa India
M BOXHAL William Thomas 1863 Western Australia
D 3rd February 1887 age 40 Victoria Plains Western Australia
John b 1st October 1850 Bp 1st October 1850 Wuzeerabad Bengal
D 1st October 1850 age 2 hours Wuzeerabad
William Henry B 17th November 1851 Wuzeerubad Bengal
M THOMPSON Eleanor/Mary Ellen 11 August 1874 New Norcia Western Australia (Died 29 January 1927)
D 1940 Berkshire Valley Western Australia
Bur New Norcia Cemetery
Bernard William B 9th April 1854 Mean Mean Bengal
M BUTLER Mary Ann 8 January 1882 New Norcia Western Australia
D 1st June 1934 New Norcia Western Australia
Buried New Norcia
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 28 July 1875 page 2 Death Catherine Kelly
Inquirer and Commercial News Wednesday 27th April 1887 page 1 Death of Mrs Boxhall(sic)
Daily News Tuesday 31 January 1888 page 3 Obituary Thomas Kelly
Western Mail Perth Thursday 24th November 1932 – page 9 – 50th Wedding Anniversary son Barney(Bernard)
The West Australian Saturday 2nd June 1934 Page Death notice Bernard
The West Australian 27th May 1940 page 1 Death notice of William Henry
The Daily News Friday 1st June 1934 page 12 Funeral notice Bernard
Departure from Western
Not Applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial14th January 1888 Midland Junction Western Australia
Guildford Cemetery James Street later re interned Guildford Cemetery Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
19th July 1875 New Norcia Western Australia
New Norcia Cemetery Western Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationTwo baptisms entries for a Thomas Kelly for Dunlavin Wicklow Ireland
1st 16 November 1816 Father James and mother Bridget
2nd 24 February 1819 Father William and mother Anne
British Army, Worldwide Index
1851 1721/53rd 1122 Sergeant Thomas Kelly location Wazirabad
Discharge: Amaurosis in both eyes and constitutional disease.
During the voyage of the Lincelles Sergeant Kelly reported Guard Thomas Tracey for punching Guard Sigston in the face on 1st November 1861.
Sergeant Kelly was also a witness into the disrating of the Sergeant Major Moody for drunkenness and the appointment of Edward McSherry to Sergeant Major.
Again on 7th January 1862 the Surgeon Superintendent conducted an inquiry into the conduct of Guard Tracey and his use of abusive language to Sergeant Kelly.Thomas and Catherine’s children are recorded in the Bicentennial Dictionary as “the surviving three of sixteen children born to them in India.”