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MEEKHUMS – James 96th and 61st Regiment

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96th Regiment 1875
61st South Gloucestershire Regiment
Indian Mutiny Medal with Delhi Clasp
Regiment (s)96th and 61st Regiment
Regiment Number (s) – / 2850
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
11th July 1845 / 18 years / Rochester Kent England
Description – Height
5 Ft 9 in
Fresh / Hazel / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationAustralia – 3 years
East Indies – 9 years 9 months
Mauritius – 1 year 2 months
Length of Service15 years 264 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 16th July 1861 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsIndian Mutiny Medal Clasp Delhi
Intended Residence at
Essex England
Pension Districts1861 Chatham
1861 Deptford
1865 Tilbury
1865-1878 Western Australia
Pension Paid8d per diem
1878 Increased to 1/1½d per diem for service in Enrolled Force
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 Birthc1827 Sundridge Sevenoaks Kent 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
Celia Martha Whitewood nee Good
1819 England (Deduced)
Date/Place of Marriage19 April 1865 Deptford, Kent
Children by 1st WifeNot yet known
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesThe West Australian Wednesday 16 August 1933 page 6 Obituary Thomas Whitewood
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial29th April 1878 Western Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Martha Celia Goodall died 20th May 1902 Waggrakine Western Australia
Bur Narra Tarra Cemetery Geraldton WA 21 May 1902
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide index
1851 James Meekhums 2850 stationed Peshawar India
1861 Pembroke Dock England
Also Chatham Invalid Depot
Discharge due to Chronic Bronchitis and Varia of Left leg.
He had an open Bulbus in the groin with extensive sinuses not preceded by syphilis or aggravated by intemperance
In the 1861 Census James is an unmarried soldier at the Hut Barracks, Pembroke Dock, Wales age 33 born Seven Oaks Kent.
When James Meekhums Married Celia Martha Whitewood she was a widow with seven children, George b 1844, Charles b 1848, Eliza b 1848, Celia b 1849, William b 1851, Harriet Sarah b 1853 and Thomas b 1855. Of these children only George, Harriet Sarah and Thomas came to Western Australia on the Racehorse.
After the death of James Meekhum Cela (sic) Martha Good Meekhums married James Goodall at Geraldton WA 1880 Former marriage of 1st Wife WHITEWOOD James Philip July Qtr 1849 Lewisham, London
Children of Wife’s 1st Marriage who came to WA
WHITEWOOD George William Henry Chr 9 January 1843 Deptford Kent
WHITEWOOD Harriet Sarah B 27 March 1852 Deptford Kent
M DURANT William Robert Narra Tarra WA 1875
D 1903 age 50 father James
B 9 December 1854 Deptford London
M 22 January 1882 HUREDINE Mary Ann Fremantle
D 13 August 1933 Claremont WA
Buried Karrakatta Cemetery WA