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87th Regiment Colours
Lived Greenough Flats – pictured Clinch’s Mill
NameMcGRATH – John
Regiment (s)87th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 372
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
26th May 1827 / 20 years / Cork Cork Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 7¾ in
Dark / Blue / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationMauritius – 12 years 100 days
Length of Service22 years 35 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 26th June 1849 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Dundee Scotland
Pension Districts1849 Dundee
1855-1878 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
28th October 1873 increased to 1/3d per diem for 11 years 5 months service in Enrolled Force Western Australia
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
5th February 1855 Plymouth England via Cape of Good Hope
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
STAG 23rd May 1855
Date/Place of Birth1807 Middleton Cork 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
McMULLIN or McMILLAN Elizabeth or Betsy
1819 Oban Argyllshire Scotland
Date/Place of Marriagec1847 Dundee Scotland
Children by 1st WifeDenis B 1st November 1851 Scotland
Bp 16th November 1851 St. Andrews Dundee, Scotland (McGrah)
D 12th May 1931 Western Australia
bur Presbyterian Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Catherine B 27th July 1853 Dundee Scotland
Bp 14th August 1853 St. Andrews Dundee Scotland
D 16th April 1856 Western Australia
bur St. Patrick’s Cemetery Skinner Street Fremantle Western Australia
Elizabeth B 4th April 1856 Geraldton Western Australia
M MORGAN Andrew 1880 Greenough Western Australia
D 20th October 1945 Gascoyne Western Australia
John (Jack) B 1858 Geraldton Western Australia
D 8th September 1915 Western 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
Greenough Flats Lots G9 and G10
10 acres each
Occupation after
Newspaper ArticlesNorthern Times Carnarvon Saturday 16th January 1915 – page 2
Northern Times Saturday 11th September 1915
The West Australian Wednesday 13th May 1931 – page 1
Northern Times Friday 26th October 1945 – page 3
Departure from Western
Not Applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial23rd May 1878 Greenough Western Australia
Greenough Pioneer Cemetery Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
12th January 1915 Carnarvon Western Australia
Carnarvon Cemetery
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 John McGrath, private, 372, 87th Ft, Location Mahabourg, Mauritius. WO12/8983.
Reason for discharge: Rheumatism and increasing debility.
1851 Census
James Park, Dundee, Forfarshire (Angus) Scotland
John McGrath, Head, married, age 45, born 1806, Pensioner 87th R, born Ireland
Betsy McGrath, wife, married, age 32, born 1819, Oban Argyllshire, Scotland
Mary Mooney, visitor, unmarried, 18, born 1833, Flax preparer, born Ireland
Susan Smith, visitor, widow, 36, born 1815, Flax preparer, Born Ireland
Ann Smith, visitor, Unmarried, 11, born 1840, School, born Ireland.
Elizabeth McGrath, wife of guard John McGrath gave evidence in the Proceedings of a Court of Inquiry into complaints by the wives of the Pensioner Guard on the Stag into the conduct of the Super Intendent Surgeon Caldwell. She stated she was examined and did not voice an objection to the Surgeon. She did object to the woman who came for her. The examination took about half an hour and the other women could not see the woman under examination. When she told her husband he said there were enough of us meaning the women, if we did not agree to it to put the Doctor on deck