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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
Description – Height
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, WO 97 said he did not serve in the Crimea)
Intended Residence at
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 South Australia (paid to wife in UK)
1871-1891 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
WO Pension increased in 1880 and 1889 amount not stated.
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
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
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
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesInquirer and Commercial Times Wednesday 5th September 1866 page 2 Passengers on the Letty
Departure from Western
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
1889 Poplar London aged 64.
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index:
1851 John Kinch 5226 location London and Chichester
Discharge: Due to chronic hepatitis, Spleen enlarged
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.
In the same census 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 Farringdon, Berkshire
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. At Fremantle on 3rd June 1866 prior to applying for a Certificate of Change of Residence to Melbourne he arranged for his entire pension to be paid to his wife in England for the support of her and the family. On 4th January 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 she said she had written to him. The War Office they asked if he still wished to send her the entire pension or a part of the same. John reduced the stoppage to two thirds of his pension.
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. Elizabeth’s occupation is still that of dressmaker.