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QUIRK – James 20th and 54th Regiment

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20th Regiment Lancashire Fusiliers Badge
54th Regiment Brass Badges
Died on board EMMA -Perth Gazette 12 July 1867

Class of 1851 – EPFs Who became Constables – by Peter Conole and Jean McDonald – July 2012 EPG Gazette

NameQUIRK – James
Regiment (s)20th and 54th Regiment
Regiment Number (s)  753  – 20th Regiment
1018 – 54th Regiment
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
24th February 1826 /17 years / Maryborough Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 9 in
Sallow / Hazel / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 13 years
Length of Service14 years 1 day
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 12th March 1841 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNot yet known
Intended Residence at
Castlecomber Kilkenny Ireland
Pension Districts1841 Kilkenny
1850-1867 Western Australia
Pension Paid6d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
22nd July 1850 Portland Dorset England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
HASHEMY 25th October 1850
Date/Place of Birthc1809 Castlecomber Kilkenny 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 WifeMichael B c 1847 Not yet known
D 1st January 1860 Anderson’s Lake Perth WA
Maria B 1850 WA
James B 1853 WA
Elizabeth B 1855 WA
Anne B 1857 WA
Thomas B 1859 WA
D 1861 aged 10 months WA
John B 1859 WA
D 1861 aged 10 months WA
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
Perth location Y 108 of 3 roods
Title Application 6th June 1861 Title 1803
Occupation after
6th September 1851 appointed Perth Policeman (dismissed 21st March 1852 from Perth Police Force)
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette and Independent Journal of Political and News WA – Shipping Intelligence 1st November 1850 – page 2 – List of Pensioners named
The Perth Gazette and Independent Journal of Politics and News Friday 12th September 1851 page 2 Appointed to police
The Perth Gazette and Independent Journal of News and Politics Friday 6th January 1860 page 2 Death of Michael
Departure from Western
Paid in WA to 30th June 1861
Date/Place of Death/Burial1877 Melbourne Victoria
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 James Quirke (sic) 1018 Private 54th Foot Discharged 13/3/1841 location Dover and Weedon
Discharge due to varicose veins in left leg and worn out/
17th June 1856 James Quirk wrote to His Excellency the Governor requesting employment. He said he had approached Lt Col Bruce about the lack of opportunity of earning a wage as his pension of 6d per day together with what he earned as a nailer was insufficient to keep his family.
Lt Col Bruce replied he had had an opportunity in the Police Force but had been dismissed for drunkenness and had refused offers of casual work. SROWA CSR Vol 409 Folios 173-179
James Quirk was one of the pensioners who had their cottage built under a scheme authorised by Staff Officer Bruce where by the amount available to pensioners (£15) was not enough to cover the cost of the cottage (£47) and they agreed to pay 1/- per day towards the extra expense.