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NameMcDONALD – Peter
Regiment (s)Royal Horse Artillery
Regiment Number (s)
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
3rd May 1828 / 18 years / Manchester Lancashire England
Shoeing Smith
Description – Height
5 Ft 8 in
Fresh / Hazel / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationNil – home service only
Length of Service21 years 88 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeShoeing Smith / 10th July 1849 / Woolwich Kent England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Not stated
Pension Districts1849 Woolwich London
1850 1st East London
1853-1859 Western Australia
November 1859-1864 Madras
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
22nd November 1852 London England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
DUDBROOK 7th February 1853
Date/Place of Birth1811 St Paul’s Dublin Ireland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
UNKNOWN Margaret
Date/Place of MarriageNot known
Children by 1st WifeElizabeth B 1834 Ireland
M ROSE John 18th June 1853 Fremantle Western Australia
D 16th January 1901 Rochester Kent
Bur Rochester Fort Pitt Military, Sts Margaret/s and Nicholas Cemetery Section U No 310 with her husband who died 20th June 1880 see John Rose a Royal Sapper and Miner WA
Alexander William B 1842 Woolwich Kent England
Bp 20th November 1842
Possible death 1860 age 16 WA
Thomas B 1850 Woolwich Kent England
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not known
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
September 1854 appointed to Convict Establishment without the sanction of his Commanding Officer
Resigned 1854
Newspaper ArticlesNot yet known
Departure from Western
Left Western Australia pre November 1859 by ship for Madras India
Date/Place of Death/Burial25th June 1864 Madras (Chronic hepatitis)
26th June 1864 Buried Peter Macdonald St Andrews Cemetery Madras St Thomas Mount
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further Information1845 convicted by court martial 19/7/1845 for ‘Neglect of Duty” and rank reduced from Farrier to Shoeing Smith. In addition to the above his name appeared once in the defaulter’s book for a minor offence for which he was punished by the Chief Officer. (WO97/1246)

British Army Worldwide index
1841 Peter McDonald Carriage smith Royal Horse Artillery Adjutants Detachment
Discharged due to chronic cough & rheumatism at Woolwich
In the 1841 Census Peter McDonald is a farrier living with his wife Margaret age 28 and daughter Elizabeth age 7 at Artillery Place Woolwich Kent all born Ireland

In the 1851 census Peter McDonald age 41 pensioner of the RA born Ireland is living at Parnham Street Limehouse Stepney London Middlesex England with his wife Margaret age 38 born Ireland and their children Elizabeth age 17 also born Ireland and sons Alexander age 8 and Thomas age 16 months both born Woolwich Kent.

Peter McDonald age 40 received medical attention aboard the Dudbrook