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24th Regiment South Wales Borderers cap badge
China Medal 1842
Punjab Medal w Chilianwala and Goojerat Clasp
Land Grant
NamePRATT – Richard
Regiment (s)24th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 3816
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
1st approx. 1841 served 13 years 55 days
2nd  attested 10th April 1854 / 35 years 4 months / Westminster Middlesex England
Description – Height
6 Ft 0½ in
Sallow / Hazel / Dark Brown / Wound on right hand
Overseas Service/DurationChina – 1 year 6 months
East Indies – 14 years 4 months
Length of Service22 years 32 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeCorporal / 17th March 1863 / Cork Ireland
Campaign MedalsChina War Medal 1840-1842
Punjab Campaign Medal 1848-1849 Clasps Chillianwallah and Goojerat
Intended Residence at
Oxford Oxfordshire
Pension Districts1863 Coventry
1865 Waterford
1865-1884 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/1½d per diem
1878 increased to 1/7d per diem for service to Enrolled Force
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
30th September 1865 Portland Dorset England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
VIMIERA 22nd December 1865
Date/Place of Birth1819 Cheltenham Gloucester England
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 Marriage17th March 1863 Trinity Without Ballybricken Waterford Ireland
Children by 1st WifeElijah B 1866 Perth Western Australia
M DALE Gertrude 1889 Perth Western Australia
D 20th July 1892 Perth Western Australia
bur East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Matilda B 1868 Perth Western Australia
D 1900 Perth Western Australia
Richard Sampson B 1872 Perth Western Australia
D 13th April 1892 Mt Eliza Depot
Bur East Perth Cemetery
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
11th November 1881 assigned Perth Lot V131 of 3 roods 20 perches Colin Street West Perth
September 1883 granted Title to Perth Lot 131V Title 6/1
Occupation after
Employed by Convict Establishment
Newspaper ArticlesWA Record Thursday 10th January 1889 page 6 Marriage of Elijah and Gertrude Dale
The Daily News Perth Monday 4th November 1889 – page 3 Transfer of Land Act
The Daily News Tuesday 23rd June 1891 page 3 Funeral notice Mary Pratt
The Inquirer and Commercial News Perth Wednesday 20th January 1892 – page 7 Transfer of land Act
Inquirer and Commercial News Wednesday 27th April 1892 page 2 Death of Richard jnr
The Inquirer and Commercial News Wednesday 20th July 1892 page 2 death of Elijah
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial25th July 1884 Perth Western Australia
East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
June 1891 Perth Western Australia
24th June 1891 East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Will or ProbateRichard Pratt made his will on 27th March 1884 appointing his wife Mary Pratt and son Elijah Pratt as Executors (Elijah was a minor at the time)
He bequeather fifty pound to his wife Mary and all the residue of hi real and personal property for the use of his wife Mary for life and after her death to his son Elijah Pratt daughter Matilda Pratt and son Richard Samson Pratt in equal shares and proportions.
Further InformationFormer service of 13 years 55 days was restored by order of the War Office on 11 December 1857
British Army Worldwide Index
1861 Richd Pratt 3816 Private 1st Btn 24th Foot location Chatham
Discharge at own request having served 21 years
Wounded in the right hand at Chillianwallah January 1849
1861 Census RG 09/483 Chatham Barracks
Richard Pratt unmarried age 42 Private Army born Cheltenham Gloucester
8th April 1891 Reverend Mother Convent of Mercy wrote requesting monetary support for Mrs Pratt and family.
14th April 1891 Thomas Minorgan wrote to William Dale (Superintendent of Poor Houses) on behalf of the widow of pensioner Richard Pratt requesting barracks accommodation. He stated she had been in very poor health since the death of her husband and of the three children the eldest son was working for the post office, the daughter was in a convent and the youngest son was in very poor health.
10th April 1891 Inquiring into the circumstances of Mrs Pratt Sergeant Claffey reported that on 9th October 1890 Mrs Pratt had been charged with being a lunatic and sent to the asylum and had recently been discharged her mind was in a weak state and she had no means of support. He said the eldest son, a married man, was very ill the daughter was in a convent at Newcastle, and the remaining son is delicate and can barely maintain himself. He added Mrs Pratt and family were respectable and well conducted.
William Dale suggested Mrs Pratt be allowed 1/- per day paid to the Reverend Mother as Mrs Pratt was not fit to be entrusted with its disbursement. This suggestion was approved 15th April 1891. SROWA Cons 527 1891/0725
4th September 1891 Sister Mary Angelo (Subiaco) wrote on behalf of Richard Pratt age 20 years for Government aid as he was in the last stages of consumption and dependent on charity.
William Dale suggested relief be given to him as he had no relations to support him – approved 12th September 1891.