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10th Regiment Lincolnshire Regiment Cap Badge
94th Regiment Badge
Sutlej Medal w Sobraon and Aliwal
Punjab Medal with Goojerat & Mooltan clasps
Indian Mutiny w Relief of Lucknow clasp
NameMAHER / MAGHER – Thomas
Regiment (s)10th and 94th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 771 / 1525
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
5th April 1842 / 13 years /Winchester Hampshire England
Musician – Labourer
Description – Height
5 Ft 8½ in
Dark / Grey or Hazel / Dark Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 22 years 43 days
Length of ServiceUnderage 4 years 207 days
21years 39 days
Total 25 years 246 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeSergeant / 12th May 1868 / Dover England
Campaign MedalsSutlej Medal 1845 & 1846 with 2 clasps
Punjab with 2 clasps Mooltan and Goojerat
Indian Mutiny Medal 1857-1859 Relief of Lucknow clasp (Magher)
Intended Residence at
Hammersmith Middlesex England
Pension Districts1st West London
1874- Western Australia
Pension Paid1/4½d per diem
1887 Increased to 1/7d per diem for service in Enrolled Force
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
1st November 1873 Gravesend England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
NAVAL BRIGADE 18th February 1874
Date/Place of Birthc1828 Zante Ionian Islands
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
Not yet known
Date/Place of MarriageBit yet known
Children by 1st WifeWilliam B 1869 Turnham Green Middlesex England
Thomas Francis B 1st March 1874
Bp 15th March 1874 Fremantle WA
M UNDERWOOD Ethel Grace 1897 Fremantle WA
M CLARKE Marcella Jane 1902 Fremantle WA
D 10th February 1953 Nedlands WA
Bur Karrakatta Cemetery WA
John B 12th December 1876
Bp 15th December 1876 Fremantle WA
D 1876 aged 5 days Fremantle WA
Georgina Teresa b 22nd October 1878
Bp 3rd November 1876 Fremantle WA
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
13th September 1881 Assigned Perth lot V 124 of 2 roods 32 perches
5th August 1884 Deed of Grant issued
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesNot yet known
Departure from Western
Date/Place of Death/BurialNot yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationDuring the time he spent underage in India he was awarded a medal for the Sutlej campaign.
British Army Worldwide index 1851 Thomas Maher 1525 Drummer, Fifer, or bugler 10th Regt location Wizirabad
He was attested for the Royal Westminster Light infantry regiment of Militia at Hammersmith MDX on 24th April 1868 until he was discharged at Turnham Green on 23rd April 1873.
1871 Census RG 10/1320/36/3 The Barracks Turnham Green Cheswick
Thomas Maher is age 41 a Color Sergeant and pensioner born Zante Ionian Island is living with his wife Sarah age 28 a dressmaker who was born Cavan Ireland. Their 2 year old son William HPL was born at Turnham Green Middlesex
November 1880 Sergeant Thomas Maher of the 94th regt was on the Nominal List for Enrolled guard, however Colonel Harvest considered him unfit for the position. At the time he was living at the No 1 Fremantle Barracks with his wife and 4 children.
25th March 1881 Thomas Maher was Corporal of the guard when 2 prisoners escaped from the Convict Establishment at Fremantle. At the subsequent inquiry they  “ … considered Corporal Maher commanding the prison guard has been guilty of gross neglect & laxity in performance of duty almost to the point of collusion, recommends Maher’s dismissal”.
Dismissed 2nd April 1881.
7th November 1881 He was subsequently employed as Corporal of the Guard at the exhibition building and 10th January 1882 appointed Magazine warder at Fremantle.
It is recorded that Thomas had 9 children most of whom are unknown. A child Ellen Sarah was born 15th December 1847 to a Thomas and Sarah Maher of the 94th Regiment at Karrachee  Belgaum. If this is our Thomas it appears he had 2 wives both Sarah as Sarah Brogan was born 1843 and could hardly be this child’s mother. No marriage has been found for either.25 March 1881 Evidence taken at an inquiry into the escape of 2 prisoners from the Convict Establishment on 21 March:-Considers Corporal Maher commanding the prison guard has been guilty of gross neglect & laxity in performance of duty almost to the point of collusion, recommends Maher’s dismissal
SROWA Cons 144MAHER Sgt. 1/10th, 99th 1/4½ Wants H33 or 34 Perth Town Lot. Awaits selection of Isaac Smith. H33 granted. 10 Mar 81

MAHER Sgt. 99th Dismissed from Enrolled Force for escape of prisoners. Wants employment if not re-instated – 19 years NCO. 29 March 81. I applied to Capt. Smith recommended for employment 16 July 81. Note in margin: Wife and [nine] children

MAHER Sgt. 99th 1/10. Wants occupation. To send in application. Also increase of pension – formal application 12 July 81. Granted 118 R. 22 Aug 81. To have 113V in lieu of 33V if possible. SROWA Cons 31