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KIRK – Francis Royal Artillery 8th Battalion

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Royal Artillery Badge
Land Application
NameKIRK –  Francis
Regiment (s)Royal Artillery 8th Battalion
Regiment Number (s) 315
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
28th November 1823 / 16 years 11 months / Glasgow Scotland
Description – Height
5 Ft 7¾ in
Fair / Blue / Fair / None
Overseas Service/DurationCorfu – 8 years 3 months
Length of Service22 years 13 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeGunner and Driver / 13th October 1846 / Woolwich England
Campaign MedalsNot yet known
Intended Residence at
Not Stated
Pension Districts1846 Woolwich
1850 Athlone
1851-1869 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0½d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
1st February 1851 Falmouth England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
MERMAID 15th May 1851
Date/Place of Birth1807 Achalive Tyrone  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 1815 (deduced)
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeFrancis B 14TH April 1845
BP 18th May 1845 St Peter the Apostle Woolwich Kent
M LARKINS Bridget Mary 1868 Newcastle Western Australia
D 23rd May 1923 Perth Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
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
31st December 1853 assigned 4 acres Toodyay (This land was downstream from present day Toodyay near the first Ticket of leave depot, these locations were abandoned in favour of the present day Toodyay which was at the time called Newcastle)
Application to purchase 20th December 1860 Newcastle (Toodyay) Lot S14 of 4 acres
10 November 1864 assigned Newcastle (Toodyay) lot S12 of 4 acres. Located river side of New Street.
31st December 1866 Title Granted
Occupation after
7th June 1851appointed Assistant Warder Convict Establishment served in various locations around Perth and Toodyay – dismissed 12th November 1860
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette and Western Australia Times 27th February 1874 page 4 – Son Francis’ application for Publican’s Licence in Northam
The Herald Fremantle 16th December 1876 – page 3  – Son wrote re arrest of an aboriginal in Northam
The Herald 31st March 1877 – page 1 – Son Francs’ advertisement for his hotel
Eastern Districts Chronicle York 25th May 1923 –  page 2 – death of son Francis KIRK
Departure from Western
Not Applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial22nd November 1869 Western Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
14th April 1885 Toodyay Western Australia
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide index
1841 Francis Kirk Gunner & Driver 8th Battalion RA 3rd Co location Duncannon Fort Buncrana
Discharge due to chronic rheumatism
Receive medical treatment for an abscess during the voyage of the Mermaid
The Surgeon Superintendent list Francis and Mary Kirk and their son Francis age 5 on the Mermaid
‘Warders and Gaolers’ has lengthy details on his Convict Department service