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Five Forgotten Crimean War Medals by Peter Conole – July 2014 EPG Gazette

9th Regiment Royal Norfolk
French Military Medal – Medaille Militaire Republique France
Turkish Crimea Medal
Crimean War Medal
NameMONAGHAN – Michael
Regiment (s)9th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 3490
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
6th February 1854 / 19 years  / Galway Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft  7¼ in
Fresh / Grey / Dark Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationCrimea – 8 months
Length of Service1 year  302 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeCorporal / 4th December 1855 / Chatham England
Campaign MedalsCrimea War Medal
Turkish Crimean War Medal
French War Medal for Gallant Service
Intended Residence at
Tuam Galway Ireland
Pension Districts1855 Galway
1859 Limerick
1862 Tilbury
1862-1864 Western Australia
1864-1914 South Australia
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
1906 Increased to 1/6d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
8th October 1862  Portland England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
YORK  31st December 1862
Date/Place of Birth1835  Tuam Galway 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
1843 (deduced) Not yet known
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeMONAGAN (sic) Mary Jane bap 15th May 1859 St. Nicholas North and East  Galway City Ireland
M BENTLEY Thomas  23rd October 1881 Port Augusta South Australia
D  3rd December 1932 Fullerton Adelaide South Australia
Thomas Patrick b 2nd February 1864 Not yet known
D  23rd April 1874  Adelaide South 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
Not applicable
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette and Independent Journal  Friday 3rd July 1863 –  page 2 – Michael MONAGHAN charged rape
Inquirer Thursday 8th July 1863 –  page 3 – Michael MONAGHAN convicted attempted rape
The South Australian Advertiser Thursday 23rd April 1874 – page 2 – death of Thomas Patrick MONAGHAN
Express and Telegraph Thursday 23rd March 1878 – page 2 – Michael MONAGHAN charged burglary
South Australian Chronicle and Weekly Mail  Saturday 5th June 1880 –  page 26 – Michael MONAGHAN – larceny (theft)
11th-18th November 1907  Sundry accounts for the commemoration of 50 years since the defence of Lucknow (he was not a veteran of Lucknow) was held in which Michael MONAGHAN was mentioned by name and regiment.
Advertiser Saturday 26th September 1908 –  page 8 – Michael MONAGHAN – Indian Mutiny and Crimean re-union
Advertiser Wednesday 1st July 1914  – page 17 – death of Michael MONAGHAN Also in Observer 4th July 1914
The Advertiser Tuesday 6th December 1932 –  page 14 – death of Mary Jane BENTLEY
The Express Adelaide  Tuesday 30th January 1934 –  page 4 – funeral of Mary MONAGHAN
Departure from Western
Balcutha 6th August 1864
Date/Place of Death/Burial28th June 1914 Adelaide South Australia
West Terrace Cemetery Adelaide South Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
30th January 1923 Adelaide South Australia
West Terrace Cemetery Adelaide South Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationSROWA: Cons 36 CSR Vol 524/32 – 10 July 1863, Mary MONAGHAN applied for assistance as her husband had been gaoled and she had a child of 4 years of age to support. Reply: May be admitted to Poor House.

Discharge: Disabled by loss by amputation of 2 last phalanges and part of 1st middle of right hand after gunshot wound received on 5 July in the trenches before Sebastopol.
While serving with the Enrolled Force at Rottnest in 1863, Michael Monaghan was indicted for rape of a child age 12 years, however, he was acquitted of the charge but convicted of attempted rape and sentenced to 12 months imprisonment. His pension was suspended.
On the 10 July 1863, Mary MONAGHAN applied to the Colonial Secretary for assistance as her husband had been gaoled and she had a child of 4 years of age to support. Reply: May be admitted to Poor House.
Soon after his release from prison Michael travelled to South Australia aboard the Balcutha departing King George’s Sound 10th August 1864.
He seemed to get off to a bad start after his arrival as on 15th October 1864 he was charged with obtaining thirteen shillings and 6 pence by false and fraudulent pretences, however, the evidence did not support the charge and it was dismissed.
Michael was admitted to the Royal Adelaide Hospital on 15th August 1867, age 32 years, married, Roman Catholic, residence Adelaide, labourer born Galway 5 years in Colony, ship York.
Between 1869 and 1880 Michael was convicted eight times for various offences until in 1880 he was gaoled with hard labour for eight years, accordingly his pension was struck off and not restored until the 3rd August 1886 providing the police were satisfied with his character. During some of this time his wife appeared to receive half of his pension.
Things seemed to improve after this and he attended the Indian Mutiny celebration in 1908 and, ironically, given a military funeral with full honours in 1914.