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MURPHY – Peter 31st Regiment

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Claremont Pensioner Guard Village October 2010 and July 2011 EPG Gazette

31st Regiment Huntingdonshire Colours
NameMURPHY – Peter
Regiment (s)31st Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 417
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
12th December 1824 / 18 years / Ballinasloe Galway Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 6½ in
Fair / Grey / Brown / Injury to fingers on left hand
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies 12 years
Length of Service13 years 324 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 12th September 1838 /  Not Stated
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Not stated
Pension Districts1838 Roscommon
1847 Liverpool
1847 Roscommon
1849 Manchester
1850-1858 Western Australia
1859-1868 Melbourne Victoria
1868 January- March Sydney
1868-1871 Melbourne
April 1871 – 1873 2nd West London District
1873 Manchester
1873-75 Athlone Ireland
Pension Paid6d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
4th March 1850 Portsmouth Hampshire England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
SCINDIAN 1st June 1850
Date/Place of Birthc1806 Clonteven Kings County 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
Not yet knbown
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifePeter B c1850 Not yet known
D 6th March 1850 aboard the Scindian
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
16th July 1850 Assigned 2 lots at Freshwater Bay and Butlers Swamp P247 of ½ an acre and P231 of 9 ½ acres
December 1858 awarded Fee Simple
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette 14th June 1850
The Perth Gazette and Independent Journal of Politics and News Friday 15th August 1851 page 2 This child could be the son of either Peter or James Murphy
Departure from Western
Not clear when and how departed Western Australia: possibly late 1858/early 1859 as pension paid in Melbourne in 1859 – 1870. Then travelled to London (1871-73) and then in 1873-75 to Athlone Ireland
Date/Place of Death/BurialNot yet known: possibly post August 1877 in Ireland
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationDischarge due to injury (anchyloses) from a fall of 2 fingers of the left hand
After the arrival of the Scindian at Fremantle Captain Henderson wrote a report listing the rank name, trade or calling, rate of pension, date of enlistment for 5 months service, marital status, and number of children for each pensioner. Sometimes the trade of calling differed from that recorded at the time of attestation:
Private Peter Murphy, teacher, 6d, 17th January, married 3 children
In 1853 Peter Murphy along with Andrew Gordon and John Kirwan present a petition regarding the legal rights of the pensioners to their allotments
1859 dismissed from Enrolled Force for a misdemeanour.
Admitted to Chelsea Hospital England 1st May 1871 said his wife was dead and his 3 sons were provided for, claimed to have spent 10 years in the local company at Swan River
17th June 1873 dismissed for drunkenness
Admitted to Kilmainham Hospital Ireland 1st September 1874. Last record found is dated 20th August 1877.