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MUIRHEAD – Archibald Royal Artillery 1st Battalion

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Royal Artillery Badge
NameMUIRHEAD – Archibald
Regiment (s)Royal Artillery 1st Battalion
Regiment Number (s)  –
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
28th November 1835 / 18 years 4 months /  Glasgow Lanarkshire Scotland – Printer of Calico
Description – Height
5 Ft 8¾ in
Fair / Grey / Fair / None
Overseas Service/DurationWest Indies – 5 years 10 months
Gibraltar – 8 years 10 months
Length of Service21 years 182 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeGunner and driver / 26th May 1857 / Woolwich Kent England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Not stated
Pension Districts1857 1st Portsmouth
1863- Western Australia
Pension Paid10d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
15th March 1863 Portland Dorset England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
CLYDE 29th May 1863
Date/Place of Birthc1817 Glasgow Lanarkshire Scotland
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 1820 Marchwood Hampshire England
Bp 20th February 1820 Eling Hampshire England
Father John Gerrard (Bombardier RA)
Mother UNKNOWN Elizabeth
Date/Place of Marriage7th July 1847 St. Mary’s Portsea Island Hampshire England
Children by 1st WifeNot applicable
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesInquirer and Commercial News Wednesday 17 February 1886 page 5 Death of Sophia
Departure from Western
Not yet known: still in Western Australia in 1869
Date/Place of Death/BurialNot yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
14th February 1886 York Western Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 Archibald Muirhead Gunner & Driver 3rd Company 3rd Battalion location St. Vincent Barbados
1851 As above location Gibraltar
Discharge due to Chronic rheumatism
1861 CENSUS RG09/647/145/19
9 Park View Portsea Portsmouth
Archibald Muirhead age 42 a married man occupation railway porter born Scotland
Sophia Muirhead age 40 married woman born Marchwood Hampshire England
1869 charged with being drunk and fighting at the Shamrock Hotel Perth.
Sophia Muirhead married Samuel DABBS Newcastle WA in 1873. She was burned to death aged 65 in a bushfire at York WA on 16th February 1886. 14th February 1886 Inquest into the death of Sophia Dabbs.
Her husband Samuel Dabbs gave evidence that he was at Haythorpe (Beverley) fighting the fire and when he went home he found the body of his wife burned beyond recognition about 4-5 chains from the hut.
Verdict “The said Sophia Dabbs going to the well for a bucket of water was burnt to death by a bush fore – accidentally and casually and by misfortune came to her death.” SROWA Cons 527/1886/0748 (This makes her date of death the 14th not the 16th as previously recorded, possibly registered on the 16th.)