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QUIRK – David Royal Marines Portsmouth Division 10th Company

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Royal Marines 1854 Britains Sea Soldiers Vol 1 by Cyril Field
NameQUIRK – David
Regiment (s)Royal Marines 10th Company Portsmouth
Regiment Number (s) 5472
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
24th January 1828 / 18 years / Bradford Wiltshire England
Description – Height
5 Ft 10 in
Fair / Hazel / Dark Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationAfloat and foreign stations -17 years 10 months 23 days
Ships Melville, Spartiate, Daphne, Dolphin, Warspite and Eurydice
Length of Service21 years 10 months 24 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 17th December 1849 / Portsmouth England
Campaign MedalsMedal for service on the coast of Syria while serving on the Daphne
Intended Residence at
Not stated
Pension Districts1849 Exeter
1852 2nd Plymouth
1852 Deptford
1853 Western Australia
1856 2nd East London
1856 Woolwich
1857 2nd Cork
1859 3rd Plymouth
1860 2nd East London transfer cancelled
1860 permanent admission to Greenwich Hospital 6th Sept 1860
Pension Paid£18/4/0 per annum
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
2nd February 1853 Portsmouth England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
PYRENEES 30th April 1853
Date/Place of Birthc1808 Fermoy Cork 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
B c1810 Bath Somerset England
Date/Place of Marriage18th January 1839 St Thomas Portsmouth Hampshire England
Children by 1st WifeNone known
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 ArticlesNone known
Departure from Western
Departed pre-1856 by unknown ship
Date/Place of Death/Burial21st November 1862 Greenwich Hospital London England
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Possibly 2nd Quarter 1859 Greenwich London England
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationDischarge at own request having served 21 years
In the 1851 Census David and his wife Elizabeth are living at Longbrook Street Exeter Devon. David is a Greenwich pensioner age 41 born Fermoy Ireland Elizabeth is also 41 and was born Bath Somerset.
In December 1852 Elizabeth advised the WO that she wanted to remain in the UK as her mother was ill. The Secretary at War ordered that David be advised that they both either journeyed together on the Pyrenees or both disembarked and David would be liable for the considerable expense incurred to the public cost.
6th January 1853 a query was sent to the Governor of Dartmoor Prison as follows: ‘Mariner 185 £18/4/- David Quirk
I am directed by the Secretary at War to transmit a letter from the pensioner named in the margin, and to request to be informed whether your officers are aware of any circumstances connected with the conduct of the woman while her husband was at Dartmoor prison which should relieve him from the burden of supporting her.’
She is not mentioned in the Pyrenees sick list or anywhere else in Western Australia the woman who died in 1859 may be her.
On David’s admittance to Greenwich hospital it said he was a single man