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O’LOUGHLIN / McLOUGHLIN – Michael 88th Regiment

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88th Regiment Colours
Indian Mutiny Medal with Central India Clasp
Regiment (s)88th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1364
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
4th September 1839 / 18 years / Ennistymon Clare Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 6 in
Fresh / Blue / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationMalta – 6 years 1 month
West Indies – 2 years 4 months
East Indies – 2 years 10 months
Length of Service21 years 277 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 25th June 1861 / Colchester Essex England
Campaign MedalsIndian Mutiny Medal with clasp for Central India
Intended Residence at
Ennistymon Clare Ireland
Pension Districts1861 Ennis
1864 Tilbury
1864-1876 Western Australia
Pension Paid11d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
1st July Portland Dorset England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
MERCHANTMAN 12th September 1864
Date/Place of Birthc1821 Kilmanahan near Ennistymon Clare 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
Did not marry
Date/Place of MarriageNot applicable
Children by 1st WifeNot applicable
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Worked at Lefroy’s Vineyard, possibly as a labourer
Newspaper ArticlesWest Australian Times 11th April 1876 – page 2 Account of death
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial9th April 1876 Lefroy’s vineyard Fremantle Western Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not applicable
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide index
1841 Michael O’Loughlin 1364 Private 88th foot location Malta
1851 Michael O’Loughlin 1364 Private Depot 88th Foot location Bury Barracks
1861 Michael O’Loughlin 1364 Private 88th foot location Colchester
Discharge: At own request free with pension after 21 years’ service
Corporal Michael O’Loughlin was a single man on the voyage of the Merchantman. 

Michael O’Loughlin and fellow pensioner and comrade at arms James Quinn were both born at Kilmanahan (Kilmanaheen) County Clare in 1820/1. Both young men enlisted in the 88th regiment on 4th September 1839 at Ennistymon. They both served for 21 years 277 days (James was calculated as 167 days as he had a period of imprisonment but they both went to pension at Colchester 25th June 1861. There was a period in 1851 when Michael was at Bury, Lancashire and James was at Halifax, Nova Scotia and James served in the Crimea while Michael did not.
Michael received a pension of 11d while James received 9d, apparently the WO was nor particularly pleased with his conduct.
Their pension was paid at Ennis until they embarked for Western Australia as part of the Convict guard on the Convict ship Merchantman in 1864. Their parallel lives ceased with the death of Michael O’Loughlin in 1876.
Whether they were related or were friends is not clear as the birth records for Kilmanahan do not start until 1870.