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7th Regiment
NamePARKE – James
Regiment (s)7th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 161
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
25th August 1819 / 18 years / Dublin Dublin Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 9¾ in
Sallow / Hazel / Grey / None
Overseas Service/DurationMediterranean – 10 years 6 months
Length of Service21 years 136 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeCorporal / 4th January 1842 / Gibraltar
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Carlow Ireland
Pension Districts1842 Carlow
1848 1st Manchester
1848 Drogheda
1851-1873 Western Australia
Pension Paid11½d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
13th March 1851 Portland England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
PYRENEES 28th June 1851
Date/Place of Birthc October 1801 Mohill Leitrim 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
Not yet known
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeNot yet known
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
2nd WifeBRENNAN Mary
Not yet known
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 2nd WifeHenry B c1839 possibly Gibraltar
bap November 1842 Cavan Ireland
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesInquirer and Commercial News Wednesday 29th October 1856 pages 3 & 4 James Parke wrote to the Editor regarding pensioners being liable for the cost of their passage money if found guilty of misconduct. There are ongoing letters about this subject in the following edition of the Inquirer 5th November 1856
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial6th or 7th November 1873 Mt. Eliza Depot Perth Western Australia
Church of England Section East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1st Wife
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
2nd Wife
21st February Fremantle Western Australia
This women’s headstone is incorporated in the Heritage Walk Fremantle Cemetery after relocation from Skinner Street Cemetery
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 James Parke 161 Corporal 7th Foot location Gibraltar
Discharged at his own request
October 1851 Struck off for using insulting language to a ticket of leave holder and insubordinate language to Captain Bruce.
It appears James wrote to the Secretary at War complaining of the treatment handed out to him by Captain Bruce but they found no reason to argue with his dismissal from the Force or the stoppage from his pension to cover the cost of his wife and family’s passage to WA. It must have rankled with him over the years as in 1856 he wrote a letter criticising the system to the newspapers.
Reinstated 14th April 1853. Conduct since restoration ‘quiet and orderly occupied occasionally on Military Duty and when off supported himself and family by his trade as shoemaker.’ AJCP CO18 Reel 754 page16