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McGEE – Joseph Rifle Brigade

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Rifle Brigade Cap Badge
South Africa Medal
Turkish Crimea Medal
British Crimea Medal Alma-Inkerman Clasps
NameMcGEE – Joseph
Regiment (s)Rifle Brigade 1st Battalion
Regiment Number (s) 2886
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
15th August 1850 / 16 years / Newry Down Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 6.1/8 in
Sallow / Hazel / Brown / Gunshot wound to left hand
Overseas Service/DurationCape of Good Hope – 2nd January 1852 to 9th November 1853
“Embarked for the East of Europe 3 July 1854”
Length of Service3 years 329 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 10th July 1855 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsSouth African for 2nd and 3rd Kaffir Wars 1846-1853
Crimea with clasps for Alma and Inkerman
Crimea Turkish
Intended Residence at
None stated
Pension Districts1855 Newry
1855 Antrim Rifles
1856 Newry
1861 2nd Glasgow
1861 Newry
1864 Tilbury
1864-1865 Western Australia
1865 South Australia
Pension Paid8d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
30th January 1864 Portland
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
CLARA 1864 13th April 1864
Date/Place of Birthc1834 Newry Down 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
Date/Place of MarriageM 3rd August 1855 Newry, Down Ireland
Children by 1st WifeMary Catherine B 1856
M CHAMPION John Miners 17th February 1878 Residence of James Cornelius, Port Wakefield South Australia
D 14th April 1916 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
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesThe Adelaide Express Monday 29th May 1865 page 2 Passenger list Sea Ripple
Adelaide Observer Saturday 22 March 1879 page 21 Inquest into death
The Advertiser Monday 17th April 1916 page 6 Death notice Mary Champion
Departure from Western
12th May 1865 Sea Ripple to South Australia (J, E and Catherine McGee)
Date/Place of Death/Burial13th March 1879 Wallaroo South Australia
Bur Wallaroo Cemetery (Magee)
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1851 Joseph McGee 2886 Private 1st Batt Rifle brigade location Dover
Discharge due to gunshot wound to his left hand received at the battle of Inkerman 5th November 1854.
Joseph was reprimanded during the voyage of the Clara for not cleaning his rifle, fighting in Barracks and using bad language all punishable by having his grog allowance stopped for periods of time.
Joseph death was not registered the information came from the Police files but it is also written on the WO22/227 entry for 1876-1880 and the newspapers of the day recorded the details of the Inquest.
There are sundry newspaper articles regarding Joseph and Ellen McGee in Wallaroo and she is mentioned as having a daughter