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McILWAIN / McILWAINE – James 50th Regiment

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50th Regiment Cap Badge
Sutlej Medal w Sobraon and Aliwal
Regiment (s)50th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1246
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
22nd December 1838 / 15 years / Dublin Dublin Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 8 in
Dark / Dark / Dark / None
Overseas Service/DurationNew South Wales – 4 months
East Indies – 5 years 2 months
Length of Service5 years 96 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 26th March 1847 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsMoodkee Medal Sutlej Clasps Aliwal and Sobraon
Intended Residence at
Harperstown Wexford Ireland
Pension Districts1847 1st Dublin
1858-? Western Australia
Pension Paid6d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
5th March 1858 Plymouth England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
LORD RAGLAN 1st June 1858
Date/Place of Birthc1823 Raphoe Donegal Ireland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
FLOOD Jane nee Ryan
(Previous husband FLOOD Andrew)
Date/Place of Marriage15 May 1848 South Dublin Ireland
Children by 1st WifeNot yet known
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
RYAN Simon
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesInquirer and Commercial News Wednesday 23rd March 1864 page 2
Departure from Western
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burialc1864 in the bush near York WA
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationThe boy James McIlwain received special permission to be enlisted in the 50th regiment for the purpose of being trained as a drummer with the usual Bounty of two guineas to be issued to him at the Depot to equip him with necessaries. Adjutant General’s Office 20 December 1838
Discharge due to loss of left thumb by a sabre wound also wounded through the thigh by a musket ball.
At Moodkee and Sobraon name recorded as James McHwain no 1246 50th Regt on Kevin Asplin’s medal roll.
Comment in WO23/48 states “Off NA” in 1863 then name removed from register.
On 6th March 1858 the Surgeon Superintendent of the Lord Raglan reported “Occupied the Hospital by sending them Miss B. M. Flood suffering from pulmonary assumption.”
12th April he recorded “Bridget Mary Flood, daughter in law to Private Mc. Ilwaine, who was received on board suffering from
Pulmonary Consumption and has gradually been getting worse, is now sinking rapidly.”
Friday 16th April “At 2.30 A.M. Departed this life Bridget Mary Flood, daughter of Mrs. Mc Ilwaine, the wife of Private Mc Ilwaine, Pensioner Guard, who has been labouring under Consumption for 2 years, and undertook
this voyage for the recovery of her health, but having been much exposed during the winter journey to
Tilbury, had, ever since embarkation, been getting worse.”
“5 P.M. Committed the body of the deceased B. M. Flood to the deep with the usual solemnity.”
Bridget Flood was baptised 5 September 1836 at St Paul’s Arran Quay Dublin father Andrew FLOOD mother Jane RYAN
In 1864 in a newspaper article on the state of the EPF Captain Bruce reported one pensioner McIlwain was missing and presumed to have been lost in the bush on a journey to York.