KINCH – John 1st Foot Guards

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1st Regiment

Crimean War Medal with Alma clasp

NameKINCH – John
Regiment (s)1st Foot Guards
Regiment Number (s) 5226
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
28th July 1847 / 17 years 10 months / Great Coxwell Berkshire England
Labourer
Description – Height
Complexion/Eyes/Hair/Scars
5 Ft 7¾ in
Fresh / Blue / Light Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationTurkey – 10 months
Length of Service7 years 278 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 24th July 1855 / London England
Campaign MedalsCrimean War Medal with Alma clasp (Ancestry says Sebastopol)
Intended Residence at
Discharge
Not yet known
Pension Districts1855 Oxford
1856 1st West London
1862 Coventry
1862 Bath
1863 1st West London
1863 1st East London
1865 Western Australia
1866-1870 South Australia
1870-1891 Victoria
Pension Paid7d per diem – Temporary for 1 year 6 months until 13th February 1857.
Pension extended over several years until being made Permanent in 1864
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
26th May 1865 Portland England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
RACEHORSE 10th August 1865
Date/Place of Birth1830 Langford Farringdon Berkshire England
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Father
Date/Place of Birth
KINCH Frank
Not yet known
Mother
Date/Place of Birth
Marriage
UNKNOWN Maryann
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
ASHTON Elizabeth
Bp 15 May 1825 Eynsham Oxfordshire England
Date/Place of Marriage4th Qtr 1851 Whitechapel, London
Children by 1st Wife1853 Ellen born Pimlico MDX
M COATE George
1857 Emily born St. George in the East, MDX
1859 John born Hammersmith MDX
M WARING Fanny Sarah 1882 Mile End old town
1861 Elizabeth born Faringdon, Berkshire
1863 George Alfred born Stepney MDX
M Alice Louisa GUY 1890 Poplar London
D 1936 age 74 Surrey
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
ASHTON George
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Marriage
Hannah
Land Grants Western
Australia
None
Occupation after
Arrival
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesInquirer and Commercial Times Wednesday 5th September 1866 page 2 Passengers on the Letty
Departure from Western
Australia
to South Australia 30th August 1866 per “Letty”
to Victoria 1870
Date/Place of Death/Burial12 December1891 Stawell Hospital, Stawell Victoria
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Wife
1889 Poplar London aged 64.
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationVictorian records held by NAA state an address against the name of wife of Old Church Road Stepney London. Further research required to ascertain what event occurred at this address. Letter among these documents dated 7th March 1870 states 2/3 of pension to be deducted and paid to wife and family in this country. Same documents state there were children under/over the age of 14 at this period.

It is not known if his wife Elizabeth and their family accompanied John to WA and returned to England while he went to the Eastern States but it is more probable they remained in London and he journeyed to Australia alone. In 1867 he arranged for two thirds of his pension to be paid to his wife in England. As she was a dressmaker and it appears she was capable of earning a reasonable income. In 1869 he wrote to the War Office asking for information about his pension as he had not received any communication from his family. The WO replied they had contacted his wife who was living at Old Church Road Stepney and asked whether she was still to receive a part or the whole of his pension. John was still supporting his family in the 1870s.

In the 1851 Census HO 107/1695/7 John Kinch a single man was residing at the Windsor Artillery Barracks, New Windsor, Berkshire, Private, Soldier, age 21 born Longford Berkshire
HO 107/1521/223 Mitchell Street, Finsbury, London Elizabeth Ashton single age 26 was a visitor at the home of George and Harriet Simons.

1861 Census HO 09/780/139/32, 13 Devonshire Street Cheswick MDX
John Kench (sic), head, married, age 33, Formerly Police man born Berkshire Longford
Elizabeth Kench, wife, married, age 35, Dressmaker, born Oxfordshire England
Ellen Kench, daughter, age 8, scholar, born Pimlico MDX
Emily Kench, daughter, age 4, scholar, born Hammersmith MDX
John Kench, son, age 2, scholar, born Hammersmith MDX
Elizabeth Kench, daughter, age 0, born Farington, Berkshire

By the time of the 1871 Census RG 10/558/12/18 Old Church road London MDX Elizabeth Kinch is head of the house hold living with her children Emily, John Elizabeth and George Alfred, son, age 8, born Middlesex England.

1881 Census RG 11/499/43/18 16 Gale Street Bromley London England
Elizabeth is the head of a household that consists of son George who is an engineer’s assistant G&M, John a carman, Ellen who is married to George Coate and her family.