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47th Regiment Badge
1922 Obituary John McMahon
McMahon John w wife Johanna and Patrick Bridget Mary Ann Margaret
John McMahon at Crimean and Indian Mutiny Event 1909
British Crimea Medal Alma Inkerman Sebastopol Clasps
Turkish Crimea Medal
Land Grant
NameMcMAHON – John
Regiment (s)47th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 2793
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
19th November 1852 / 19 years / Limerick Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 6¾ in
Fresh / Hazel / Red / Gun shot wound right shoulder
Overseas Service/DurationMalta Turkey and Eastern Crimea – 1 year
Length of Service3 years 72 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 29th January 1856 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsCrimea War Medal with Alma Inkermann and Sebastopol clasps
Turkish Crimea Medal
Intended Residence at
Limerick Ireland
Pension Districts1856-1859 Limerick
1859-1922 Western Australia
Pension Paid9d per diem
18th July 1875 Increased to 1/3d per diem for service to Enrolled Force
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
26th May 1859 Plymouth Devon England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
SULTANA 19th August 1859
Date/Place of Birth1833 Grain near Tipperary Limerick Ireland
Date/Place of Baptism31st August 1833 St Michael’s Limerick City Limerick Ireland (tentative)
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
CONNOR Johanna
1833 unknown location
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeBridget B 1858 Castleconnell Limerick Ireland
bap 2nd November 1858 Castleconnell Killaloe Limerick Ireland
M BONSER William James 30th July 1877 unknown location
D 1st February 1936 Meckering Western Australia
Patrick B 1860 (D 1860 aged 1 day) Fremantle Western Australia
Patrick B 24th February 1861 Fremantle Western Australia
M GIBSON Elizabeth unknown date and location
D 19th October 1929 unknown location
Ellen/Helena B 21st February 1863 Western Australia
D 1863 aged 2 months) Perth Western Australia
Mary Ann B 6th July 1864 Perth Western Australia
M possibly to husband FRANCIT as per obituary
Margaret B 7th July 1866 Perth Western Australia
D prior to 1919
Elizabeth B 1871 Northam Western Australia
D 18th April 1885 Northam 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
Granted Northam Lot P43 of 9 acres 2 roods 30 perches
Occupation after
Newspaper ArticlesWestern Mail 27th November 1909 pages 26 and 43 Commemorative dinner and photo
The West Australian 28th January 1922 – page 10 Obituary
Northam Courier 29th September 1916 page 7
Northam Courier 16th May 1916 page 2 McMahon speech at Hugo Throssell reception
Northam Courier 24th May 1918 page 2 Fire on property
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial16th January 1922 Meckering Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
26th October 1883 Northam Western Australia
Northam Cemetery Western Australia
Will or ProbateState Records Office of Western Australia (Cons 3403 / 1922 / 134)
His assets were 3 blocks of land at Northam Suburban lots 41, 42, & 43 value £48, Cash in bank etc £35.11.6, Pension owing £6.17.0 Less Liabilities total £79.1.8. To His son Patrick McMahon railway employee he left P41 & P43 and also his war decorations (medals). To his daughter Brigid Bonser he left P44 and any monies he had in the bank at the time of his death.
Further InformationDischarge: Unfit for service due to contraction of left foot resulting from deep ulcer of calf of the leg –also from gunshot wound right shoulder received at Inkerman.
In 1863 John McMahon, pensioner of Perth WA nominated his nephew John McMahon age 23, living at Cappamore, County Limerick as a government sponsored immigrant.The headstone in the Northam Cemetery reads:
“Sacred to the memory of Johanna, the beloved wife of John McMahon who died 26 October 1883, aged 50 years.
Also Elizabeth daughter of the above who died 18 April 1885 aged 14 years.
Sleep mother dear, thy task is o’er, Those loving hands shall toil no more, No more those tender eyes shall weep, Sleep dearest mother, gently sleep.
Also John, dearly beloved husband of the above, died 16 Jan 1923 (sic), aged 87 years. R.I.P.”
Towards the end of his life John was made much of as a Crimean Veteran and as a result there are quite a few references to John McMahon, Crimea Veteran, in the Northam Courier especially during WW1. John was one of the last living Chelsea pensioner in Western Australia.John McMahon’s original medals are held in the Army Museum of Western Australia Artillery Barracks Burt Street Fremantle Western Australia
14th April 1875 application made to purchase Northam Lots 41 of 6 acres 32 perches and Northam Lot 44 of 7 acres @ £1 per acre