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48th Regiment Northhamptonshire
Turkish Crimea Medal
Crimean War Medal reverse-obverse
NameKENNEDY – Michael
Regiment (s)48th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1579
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
14th May 1839 / 18 years / Antrim Antrim Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 11½ in
Fair / Grey / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationGibraltar – 3 years 5 months
West Indies – 3 years 1 month
Ionian Islands – 2 years 1 month
Crimea – 7 months
Length of Service16 years 116 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeSergeant / 29th January 1856 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNot yet known
Intended Residence at
Antrim Ireland
Pension Districts1856 Chatham
1856 Salisbury
1857 North Stafford (Militia)
1859 Kilkenny (Militia)
1864-1892 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/8d 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 Birthc1821 Dunean Portglenone Antrim 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
B 1831 Banbridge Down Ireland
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeJohn B c1849 Dublin Ireland
Bp 28 December 1849 St Paul’s Arran Quay, Dublin City Ireland (Mother Crawther)
Lily B c1859
Annie B 16th September 1860 Kilkenny, Kilkenny Ireland
Bp 7th October 1860 St John’s (Barracks) Kilkenny Ireland
M O’HALLORAN Patrick 1892 Fremantle Western Australia
D 28th June 1956 Mosman Park Western Australia
Bur Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Michael John b 15th December 1862
Bp 5 January 1863 St. John’s (Barracks) Kilkenny Ireland
Possible death 24th October 1905
William James b Perth 1865 WA
M BROWN Nelly Maud 1899 Fremantle Western Australia
D 10th April 1908 Whitby Falls, Jarrahdale WA
Bur Fremantle Cemetery Western Australia
Robert Patrick B 1868
D 3rd November 1945 Claremont Western Australia
Bur Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Patrick b Guildford 1869 WA
D 1895 age 27
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Appointed Warder Convict Establishment 1 June 1864
Warder Lunatic Asylum 27th April 1872
Newspaper ArticlesThe Daily News Saturday 16th January 1892 page 2 Kennedy O’Halloran marriage
The West Australian Tuesday 12th April 1892 page 4 Death of Michael
The West Australian Tuesday 15th March 1904 page 1 Funeral notice Margaret Kennedy
The West Australian Monday 20th April 1908 page 1 Death of son William James Kennedy
Departure from Western
Not Applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial
10th April 1892 Finnerty Street Fremantle Western Australia
Buried Skinner Street Cemetery Fremantle WA
Date/Place of Death/Burial
March 1904 Fremantle WA
Buried Skinner Street Cemetery Fremantle WA
Will or ProbateMichael Kennedy died 10th April 1892 without leaving a will, his widow Margaret applied for Letters of Administration on 15th July 1896. Owing to the small amount involved there was no need to file a statement. SROWA Cons 3458 1896/066
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide index
1841 Michael Kennedy 1579 Private 48th Location Gibraltar
1851 Michael Kennedy 1579 Corporal Location Weedon
Discharge due to loss of sight in left eye wounded by a piece of shell 7 August in the trenches before Sebastopol suffers headaches and giddiness.
During the voyage of the Clara Michael Kennedy was the Sergeant Major, William McIntosh although the superior rated member of the guard took the position of a private.
1851 Census HO 107/1741/121/15 Michael age 30, Corporal 48th Born Portglenone Antrim is living with his wife Margaret age 20 born Banbridge Down Ireland and their child John age 1 years born Dublin
In a despatch to the Governor dated 28th June 1865 the Civil Service Commission raised the question of Michael Kennedy being employed as an Assistant warder despite having lost an eye during the Crimean conflict. On 17th August 1865 Governor Kennedy replied saying “…as Kennedy was selected in England to fill the responsible post of Sergeant Major in Charge of the Guard in the convict ship Clara, and, it is reasonable to suppose must have been considered by those under whom he served before receiving such an appointment as steady, trustworthy and intelligent.” A role he filled to the Surgeon Superintendent’s satisfaction.
Michael Kennedy’s daughter Lily had an illegitimate baby in 1882 the father being a man called Campbell. The baby died of malnutrition while in the care of another woman; subsequently Michael Kennedy bought an action against Campbell for the seduction of his daughter in 1884. Many newspaper accounts of the case.19TH July 1883 and 29 April 1884 Michael Kennedy wrote to the Governor of Western Australia regarding the seduction of his daughter (Lillian) by the Station Master at Fremantle Mr Campbell who was a married man and his subsequent conduct regarding the birth of a child. Although the Governor had sympathy with the case he said he was unable to interfere. SROWA Cons 527 1884/2259
11th June 1886 Warder Michael Kennedy wrote to the Governor regarding what he saw as an anomaly in the payment of his salary and pension. On 6th May 1882 he was appointed warder at the Lunatic asylum at a salary of £108 per annum. (Previously he had worked for the Convict Department) however his pension was included as part of the salary package. The Governor replied that the payment was regulated by instructions from the Home Office. SROWA Cons 527 1886/2449