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4th Regiment
Jessimina’s burial16 November 1857 Madras
NamePARSONS – Richard
Regiment (s)4th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 902
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
14th April 1831 / 18 years 6 months / Birmingham Warwickshire England
Description – Height
5 Ft 7½ in
Fresh / Blue / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationNew South Wales – 5 years 11 months
East Indies – 6 years 3 months
Length of Service15 years 109 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeSergeant / 28th July 1846 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNot yet known
Intended Residence at
Dudley Worcestershire England
Pension Districts1846 Wolverhampton
1853-1855 Western Australia
Pension Paid9d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
22nd November 1852 London England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
DUDBROOK 7th February 1853
Date/Place of Birth1813 Dudley Worcestershire England
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
M 25 Nov 1799 Halesowen, Worcestershire
SiblingsSarah B 1800 Dudley, Worcestershire, England
Elizabeth B 1802 Dudley, Worcestershire, England
Ann Dixon B 1804 Dudley, Worcestershire, England
Daniel B 1806 Dudley, Worcestershire, England
Mary B 1808 Dudley, Worcestershire, England
Ceney B 1810 Dudley, Worcestershire, England
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
East Indies (India) c 1822
Date/Place of Marriage3rd April 1839 Poonamallee India
Children by 1st WifePhoebe B c1839 Poonamallee India
M BROCK Samuel 10 Jun 1857 Madras, India
D 16 Apr 1913 London England
Daniel b 1842 India
M1 CHRISTIAN Grace Comfort 1 Sep 1864 Wellington, Madras, India
M2 WATSON Florence Fanny 2 Jun 1869 Vepery, Madras, India
D 13 Dec 1898 and buried same day Bangalore All Saints, India
Isaac B 1843 Secunderabad India
D 05 Oct 1845 Secunderabad India
Asenath B 1845 Secunderabad India
D Not yet known
Richard B  March Quarter 1849 in Dudley Registration District, Worcestershire, England
M WATSON Bessie 26 December 1870 Vepery, Madras, India
D 12th April 1917 Ootacamund India
Jessimina Bap 21 Apr 1853 Fremantle Western Australia
D 16 November 1857 Madras, India buried St Mary’s Burial Ground aged 4years, 6 months 27 days i.e. born in Western Australia after the Dudbrook arrived
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Possibly BRACKEN James of the 89th Regiment based Quilon, India in 1820/21
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Possibly UNKNOWN Ann based in Quilon India 1820/21
Land Grants Western
31st December 1853 North Fremantle P34 assigned to R. Parsons
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesNot yet known
Departure from Western
Wife Ann returns to Madras, India with children
Date/Place of Death/Burial30th January 1855 Fremantle Western Australia (WO23 46 00215)
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
12 Mar 1876 Madras, India
Bur St. Thomas Cemetery Madras
Will or ProbateNone known
Further Information29/5/1841 arrived at Fort Pitt, Chatham, Kent – an invalid from Service Companies (WO12/2223). Fort Pitt was a military hospital

1846 Discharged due to general debility and chronic liver disease, his character was shown as being very good.

1851 UK Census, Ann b India age 29 and children: Phoebe b India age 11 , Daniel b India age 9 and Richard b Dudley age 2 live at Badgers Square Dudley Worcestershire. EPG to be Richard not with family.

Both Richard age 40 and his son Richard age 4 received medical treatments aboard the Dudbrook. The surgeon made these remarks: Richard Parsons had exhibited general incapacity for a soldier’s duty from the day of his embarkation in this ship being frequently much affected with dyspnoea, debility of voice, general muscular power. Which symptoms had recently been accompanied by slight cough and expectoration of frothy mucus tinged with blood – for relief he received pectoral mixture. Returned to duty 14th January and appeared to be restored to health

Sergeant Parson gave evidence in the inquiry into the conduct of Charles Tranailles during the voyage of the Dudbrook. While serving in the Enrolled Force he was called upon to give evidence in various trials against offending pensioners.

3rd February 1854 Resident Magistrate Fremantle wrote to the Colonial Secretary requesting the wife of Pensioner Parsons be admitted to the Asylum as she is of unsound mind.
4th February Colonial Secretary to RM Fremantle said no accommodation was available and he would have to make the best arrangement he could.

6th October 1854 RM Fremantle to CS asking for rations for Pensioner Parsons and his wife and three children as he is suffering from asthma and unable to work

11th October 1854 RM Fremantle to CS Although Major Bruce is of the opinion Parson is not deserving of assistance the RM considers Mrs Parsons is in need of rations until her husband is able to work again.

Richard Parson died 30th January 1855.

2nd August 1855 Elizabeth Conroy. Jane Reddin, Margaret Shiels and Anne Parsons all widows of pensioners wrote a petition to His Excellency the Governor requesting assistance as they are not only destitute but about to be homeless as they were no longer eligible to reside in the former Immigration Depot building.

His Excellency replied they could be admitted to a Government institution where they would be required to pay for their keep with their labour.
Eventually Anne Parsons and her family returned to India.