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McGRATH – Bernard HEIC 2nd Bombay European Light Infantry and 106th Regiment

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Honourable East India Company – Painting of Battle of Ferozeshah 1845
India General Service Medal (Persia Clasp)
Land Grant
NameMcGRATH – Bernard
Regiment (s)Honourable East India Company 2nd Bombay European Light Infantry
and 106th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 2020
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
HEIC 23rd May 1849 / 20 years 7 months  / Dublin Dublin Ireland
106th – 24th May 1861 / Unknown
Description – Height
5 Ft 8¼ in
Fresh / Grey / Brown /
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies 13 years
Length of ServiceHEIC – 14 years
106th – 2 years 4 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeHEIC – 23rd May 1861 / Not yet known
106th – Private / 26th May 1863 / Royal Victoria Hospital Netley England
Campaign MedalsMedal for Persian Expedition 1856-1857
Intended Residence at
Powers Court Wicklow Ireland
Pension Districts1863 2nd Dublin
1865 Tilbury
1865-1908 Western Australia
Pension Paid9d per diem
1887 Increased to 1/0½d per diem for service Enrolled Force
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
26th May 1865 Portland England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
RACEHORSE 10th August 1865
Date/Place of Birthc1828 Powers Court Enniskerry Wicklow Ireland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
McGRATH Edward
Date/Place of Birth
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
COLLEGE Anne Widow of James College (Merchantman 1863) Formerly Burk nee Lapple
B1829 Ireland
Date/Place of Marriage26th June 1871 Fremantle Western Australia
Children by 1st WifeNot yet known
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Cockburn Sound Lot 3 Lake Munster (Coogee)
20 acres
Assigned 14 June 1881
Title Application 19 December 1882
Title Deed 5/164
Occupation after
1881 Lighthouse Keeper Arthur’s Head Fremantle
Private Enrolled Force from 24 September 1881 to 31 March 1887
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette 29 December 1871 page 2 Assault by Bernard
Western Australian Times 6 February 1877 page 2 Death of Ann
Western Australian Times 9 February 1877 page 2 Inquest into Ann’s death
The Herald Saturday 10 February 1877 page 3
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial23rd March 1908 Fremantle Western Australia
Roman Catholic Section Fremantle Cemetery Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
30 January 1877 Fremantle Western Australia
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army, Worldwide Index
1861 Bernard McGrath 2020 106th Bombay Light Infantry location Neemuch
Discharge: Due to varicose veins in the right leg and a constitution broken down by long service in the tropics.
Mentioned in Surgeon’s Log Sunday 9th July 1865 as having struck the 3rd Officer Mr. Prowse. Placed under arrest and ordered bread and water for 7 days. Mentioned again Wednesday 12th July 1865 as being released due extenuating circumstances with the case.
On Tuesday 26th December 1871 Bernard McGrath was charged with a violent assault on his wife Ann by hitting her over the head with a stick. Ann was too sick to attend the court and it was adjourned for 8 days. There is no newspaper follow up to this.
Ann appears to have left him after this as she was living with a man called William Bayliss as husband and wife at Banjup at the time of her death. He was charged on 2nd February 1877 with manslaughter. The inquest into her death found “her health was so precarious as to render her liable on the slightest excitement or shock, to death, and that her death was accelerated by the violent usage she received from William Bayliss, and find him guilty of manslaughter.”
Bernard McGrath was on the Nominal list for the Enrolled Force in 1881. He is recorded as having a medal for Persia but was not in possession of a house or land. He was appointed to the Force on 27th September 1881 and served to when it was disbanded 31st March 1887.