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QUINN – James 4th and 55th Regiment

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4th Regiment
55th Westmorland Regiment of Foot
China Medal 1842
Left Western Australia via Sea Ripple – by Chris Shardlow from Maritime Heritage Association Newsletter
Sea Ripple – by Chris Shardlow from Maritime Heritage Association Newsletter Pg 8
NameQUINN – James
Regiment (s)4th and 55th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 951 / 1353
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
7th May 1831 / 17 years 6 months / Not yet known
Description – Height
5 Ft 9 in
Fair / Hazel / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationNew South Wales – 4 years 11 months
East Indies – 3 years 9 months
China – 3 years 2 months
Length of Service21 years 17 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeColour Sergeant / 22nd November 1852 / Tralee Ireland
Campaign MedalsChina War Silver Medal
Intended Residence at
Wrexham Denbighshire North Wales
Pension Districts1853 Chester
1853 Liverpool
1854 2nd Dublin
1855 2nd Dublin
1856 1st Portsmouth
1857 1st East London
1858 2nd Dublin
1859 1st Glasgow
1863 1st North London
1864 South London
1865 East London
1865 Tilbury
1865-1866 Western Australia
1866 South Australia
1870 Victoria
1873 South Australia
1874 Victoria
Pension Paid2/0d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
26th May 1865 Portland England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
RACEHORSE 10th August 1865
Date/Place of Birthc1814 Nenagh Tipperary 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
c1822 Ireland
Date/Place of Marriage1843-1845
Children by 1st WifeAlice Mary B 2nd September 1845 Devonport England
Bp 20th January 1862 St. Paul’s Dublin City Dublin (Arran Quay) Adult baptism
Sarah Ann B 1853 Ireland
M WARD Daniel Dashwood (Possibly Victoria)
M GIBBS Frank 1880 Victoria
D 1892 Williamstown Victoria
James W B 1856 Ireland
D 1907 Swan Hill Victoria
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
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesThe Perth Gazette and West Australian Times Friday 7th December 1866 page 2 Passenger list Sea Ripple
Illustrated Australian News (Melbourne, Vic: 1876-1889) Monday 9th July 1877 page 110 Birth of grandson
Departure from Western
6th December 1866 per “Sea Ripple” to South Australia with wife Mary and family of two
Date/Place of Death/BurialDied prior to June 1877 when his grandchild Daniel Ward was born
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationJames Quinn was present at the capture of Amoy August 1841, Chusan and Chinai (1st Opium War)
British Army Worldwide Index
1841 Service no 1354 Sergeant 55th Foot Location Fort William en-route to China
1851 Service Nos 55th foot 1353 4th Foot 954 Location Cork, Buttevant, Ireland, Gibraltar
Discharged: Due to appointment to serve on the permanent staff of the Royal Denbighshire Militia
His discharge stated “…his character appears to have been that of a very good and efficient Non Commissioned Officer. Trustworthy, zealous, active and intelligent and of perfectly sober habits.”
A daughter of Sergeant Major Quinn was given permission to join the Racehorse at Portland 18th May 1865. Sergeant Major Quinn was in charge of the Convict guard.
5th December 1866 struck off Pension list for drunkenness.
James Quinn’s character seems to have undergone a change for the worst after his discharge as Captain Finnerty when asked to comment on James character wrote on 6th August 1873 “in answer to your note in reference to the character of Pensioner Sergeant James Quinn from the 55th Foot @2/- you ask me for this man’s character, he is an unscrupulous designing bad man when low cunning will deceive for a time a good officer or honourable gentleman. He keeps a memo book against his superior as well as his inferiors. This ruffian actually reported me to the late Lt. Col Bruce.”
On 26th February 1874 James wrote complaining about the information recorded on his transfer papers being incorrect in particular his discharge date, his age and rank at discharge, date of marriage and the ages of his children. (The name of his wife appears to be Maitland but her maiden name was Lambert). Unfortunately we do not have a copy of the letter in full, just fragments.
1872 Pension suspended again for eighteen months for insubordination to Colonial Secretary Adelaide.
4 February 1873 half pension paid for support of child.Again in 1874 James wrote from Adelaide complaining that his daughter was not able to have his pension paid to her in Melbourne where he was registered as living.
On the 9th July 1877 James daughter Sarah Ward lodged a notice in a newspaper for the birth of her son stating she was the youngest daughter of the late Sergeant-Major James Quinn of the 55th regiment.