O’CONNELL – Daniel 2nd and 6th Dragoon Guards

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Daniel O’Connell

Daniel O’Connell – Most Successful EPG Policeman by Peter Conole February 2009 EPG Gazette


2nd Dragoons – Royal Scots

6th Inniskilling Dragoons Badge

Crimean War Medal

Indian Mutiny Medal with Delhi Clasp

NameO’CONNELL – Daniel
Regiment (s)2nd and 6th Dragoon Guards
Regiment Number (s) 1005  – 2nd Dragoons
1353  – 6th Dragoons
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
19th July 1847 / 14 years 10 months 14 days / Newbridge Kildare Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 6 in
Fresh / Black / Brown / Gunshot wound in both thighs resulting in impaired use of left leg
Overseas Service/DurationCrimea and Turkey – 11 months
East Indies – 13 months
Length of Service8 years 4 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeTrumpeter / 7th September 1858 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsCrimean War Medal
Turkish Crimea Medal
Indian Mutiny Medal with Delhi clasp
Intended Residence at
Not stated
Pension Districts1858 2nd Dublin
1859 Sheffield (Transferred to Tilbury Fort 1860)
1861-1922 Western Australia
Pension Paid8d per diem
26th March 1903 Increased to 1/6d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
10th November 1860 Portland Dorset England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
PALMERSTON 11th February 1861
Date/Place of BirthSeptember 1832 Jock’s Lodge Edinburgh Scotland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
1802 St Nicholas Galway Ireland
Date/Place of Birth
UNKNOWN Bridget / Bidelie
Not yet known
Galway Ireland
SiblingsAgnes B 1827 Galway Ireland
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
1838 (deduced) Not yet known
Date/Place of Marriage11th June 1863 Albany Western Australia
Children by 1st WifeJohn B 1864 Albany Western Australia (tentative)
D before 1922.
Mary Elizabeth B 1866 Albany Western Australia
M CLEARY Patrick 1906 Perth Western Australia
D July 1937 Western Australia
Daniel Frank B 1868 Mt Barker Western Australia
M McALINDEN Amelia 18 October 1897 Western Australia
D before 1922
Joseph James B 20th July 1868 Western Australia
D 20th April 1887 Fremantle Western Australia (Police Constable murdered by Thomas Hughes)
Thomas Daniel B 1870 Albany Western Australia
D 8th July 1937 Leederville Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Ann Agnes B 1872 Albany Western Australia
D 29th August 1924 Perth Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Frances Theresa B 27th May 1875 Perth Western Australia
D 12th June 1944 Leederville Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
MOONEY Laurence, late of the 21st Royal Scots Fusiliers
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Land Grants Western
Granted 13th July 1886 Albany Lot P6
3 acres (Title 8/122). The Lot runs between Albany Highway and Pensioner Street.
P6 was formerly allotted to Matthew Carter.
Occupation after
Convict Guard Albany 1861-1865
Police officer appointed September 1865 Sub-Inspector 1893 retired 1901. Stationed at Albany, Gordon River, Fremantle, Greenough, Williams, York, Roebourne, Coolgardie and Northam.
Newspaper ArticlesDaily News Thursday 21st April 1887 – page 3
The West Australian
Wednesday 27th February 1895 page 5
Western Mail
Saturday 19th June 1909 – page 31
Daily News
20th November 1909 – page 5
Daily News Saturday 2nd December 1922 – page 10
Sunday Times Sunday 3rd December 1922 – page 16
Western Mail Thursday 7th December 1922 – page 6
Daily News Friday 29th August 1924 – page 12
West Australian Tuesday 2nd September 1924 – page 1
West Australian Monday 12th July 1937 – page 1
West Australian Tuesday 13th June 1944 – page 1
West Australian Monday 2nd July 1945-   page 1
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial28th November 1922 Highgate Hill Western Australia
Roman Catholic Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
14th June 1909 Perth Western Australia
Roman Catholic Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Will or ProbateCopy of Mary O’Connell’s will available from State Records Office of Western Australia (3458/1909/115)
Further InformationDaniel O’Connell wrote a petition to His Excellency, Governor Sir Frederick Napier BROOME in support of the Applications of his daughter and sons Joseph and Thomas to be trained in telegraphy (SROWA Cons 527/1886/2055 15 May 1886)

Retired: 13/12/1901  – O’Connell reached the highest rank known among members of the Enrolled Pensioner Force who joined the Police Force. His career had its ups and downs. In August 1867 he was implicated in a botched attempt to capture the bushranger William Graham. He was suspended, then cleared of wrongdoing and reinstated. In 1876 he was active in searching the Rockingham area during the escape of the Fenians on the ‘Catalpa’. In April 1887 his 19 year-old son Constable Joseph O’Connell was murdered in Fremantle by the bushranger Thomas Hughes. O’ Connell was in general terms an efficient and respected officer. His energy and dedication to duty was particularly noteworthy during the chaotic times of the 1890s, when he had to police the new eastern Gold Fields under very trying circumstances.