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McNEECE / McNIECE – John 15th and 8th Regiment 1st Battalion

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John McNeese
8th Regiment
Indian Mutiny Medal
15th Regiment East Yorkshire Regiment Cap Badge
Name McNEECE / McNIECE – John
Regiment (s)15th and 8th Regiment 1st Battalion
Regiment Number (s) 1806 / 1167
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
25th July 1836 / 18 years / Not known
Description – Height
 Not yet known
Overseas Service/DurationNorth America – 4 years 153 days – circa 1836 – 1843
East Indies – 9 years 86 days – India circa 1849 -1858
Length of Service22 years 38 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 31st August 1858 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsIndian Mutiny Medal
Intended Residence at
Not yet known
Pension Districts1858 Sligo
1862 Bermuda (in transit)
1863-1892 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0½d per diem
1874 Increased to 1/3d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
30th October 1862 Gravesend England (via Bermuda)
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
MERCHANTMAN 15th February 1863
Date/Place of Birthc1818 St. John’s Sligo 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
B 1812 (deduced from death) to 1821 (from marriage certificate)
Date/Place of Marriage29th May 1843 Mottram Cheshire England
Father of 1st WifeWALCH James (labourer)
Children by 1st WifeThomas B c1844 Whalley Lancashire England
bap 25th August 1844 Habergham-Eaves Lancashire England
D 1874 Geraldton Western Australia
William Henry B 11th February 1850 Karachi India
Bap 24th February 1850 Karrachee (sic) India
M HORTON Margaret 1881 Geraldton
D 29th September 1926 Geraldton
John B 1852 Deesa India (British Armed Forces And Overseas Births And Baptisms) to B 1860 possibly County Sligo
M SHEMELDS Mary Creamer at Fremantle – daughter of EPG Benjamin Shemelds 11th August 1885 Fremantle WA
D 16th September 1925 Fremantle WA
Mary Ellen B 14 Oct 1856 Jullundur, Presidency Bengal India Bp 2nd November 1856
Land Grants Western
4th May 1874 Title Application Lot G31 Greenough Flats 10 acres
7th September Title Application Lot G32 Greenough Flats Acreage 16 acres
Occupation after
1872 Farmer
Employed 5 ticket-of-leave men 1865 – 1877
Newspaper ArticlesWest Australian Times 18th December 1874 page 3, a long article and concerns the Chaplain refusing to attend the burial as the Order of Good Templars wanted to read an address after the funeral of Thomas McNeece
The Herald 15 August 1885 Marriage of John and Mary Shemelds
Geraldton Guardian 10 August 1909 Marriage of John McNeece
Western Mail 24 September 1925 page 22. Obituary of John McNeece
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial12th July 1892 Geraldton Western Australia
Greenough Cemetery Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1895 Western Australia (reg # 1400)
Will or ProbateSROWA Cons 3403/1912/254 – Left real and personnel property to his wife and son William Henry on proviso that 50 masses be said as soon as possible for the repose of his soul. The land at Bootenal was valued at £165 and the 3 roomed stone cottage at £50. The delay for probate was due to William being unaware of the process being necessary
Further Information1841 Worldwide Army index, Service No: 1806, Regiment: 8th Foot, Halifax Nova Scotia,
1851 Worldwide Army index, Service No: 1806, Regiment: 8th Foot, Deesa (Camp) India
Reason for Discharge: Unfit for service due to palpitations, weakness, pain and swelling.
The Surgeon Superintendent of the Merchantman gave a rating of Very Good to both John and Mrs McNeece. They were accompanied by sons Thomas, William and John.
1864 January-February John McNEECE nominated his single 18 year old niece Ann ROSS as a government immigrant: she was living Sligo Ireland
The Cyclodedia of Western Australia Page 635 Vol 2 – the entry for John McNeece Jnr gives a detailed but fanciful account of his career in USA before coming to Australia which does not tally with what we know of the man although it does give an equally detailed list of his work in WA and that of his son Percy.