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RICE – Matthew 74th Regiment and Rifle Brigade 1st Battalion

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74th Regiment Highlanders
Rifle Brigade Cap Badge
South Africa Medal
NameRICE – Matthew
Regiment (s)74th Regiment and Rifle Brigade 1st Battalion
Regiment Number (s) 1125 – 74th Regiment
1257 – Rifle Brigade 1st Battalion
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
20th October 1834 / 18 years / No place given
Description – Height
5 Ft 9¼ in
Fresh / Grey / Light Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationMalta and Ionian Islands – 5 years 7 months
Cape of Good Hope – 3 years 7 months
Length of Service21 years 9 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeCorporal / 13th November 1855 / No place given Inquiry Aldershot England
Campaign MedalsSouth Africa Medal (Kaffir War 1846)
Intended Residence at
Pension Districts1856 Staffordshire
1863 Birmingham
1863 Tilbury
1863-1883 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
1878 Increased to 1/6d per diem for service in the Enrolled Force Western Australia
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
15th March 1863 Portland Dorset England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
CLYDE 29th May 1863
Date/Place of Birthc1816 Ballynahinch County Down Ireland
Date/Place of Baptism7th May 1818, Loughinisland RC Church, Down,
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Siblings all baptised in Loughinisland RC Church Down –
John Rice, 1806
James Rice, 1807 (also of the Rifle Brigade)
William Rice, 1808
Frances Rice, 1815
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
MOULD Sarah Jane
1827 – 32 Middlehurst Sussex England
Date/Place of Marriage14th February 1855 St Thomas Portsmouth Hampshire England
Children by 1st WifeJohn Francis B April 1857 Newcastle-under-Lyme Staffordshire England
M GUERIN Elizabeth (Catherine) 25 October 1880 Murray Western Australia
D 10th December 1884 Carnarvon Western Australia
Children Bernard John & William Matthew Rice
Mary Ann B 1861 Newcastle-under-Lyme Staffordshire England
M1 CONNOR Daniel 1877 WA
M2 Patrick Connor on 26 January 1895 in Guildford, child Elizabeth Jane Connor.
Not Married to CONNOR Edward, had child Frances Louisa Connor.
D not yet known – Family lore is she went overseas.
Charlotte B 1 June 1864 Fremantle Western Australia
D 1865 York Western Australia
bur Fremantle Western Australia
William B December  23rd December 1865 York Western Australia
M FRYER Martha 14 December 1886 WA
D 11th September 1936 Bassendean Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Karrakatta cemetery Western Australia
Children – Alice Victoria and an unnamed male Rice.
Sarah Jane (Joanna) B 7th May 1868 York Western Australia
M GATES Alfred 1891 Guildford WA
D 18th May 1923 Wagerup Western Australia
Children – Mary Anne, Alfred James, Florence Anne, Alice Ruby, William Patrick, Frances May, Frederick John, Francis, and Reginald Gates.
James B 2nd October 1871 York Western Australia
M BARKER Louise 1901 Busselton WA
D 17th March 1935 Leederville Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Children – Laurence William James, Bede Herbert Wilson, Louis Alfred John, Mary Philomena, Joseph Gerard, James Michael Acquin, Kevin Donald, Kathleen Agnes, Vincent Bernard Gilbert Rice.
Daniel Matthew Perth B 6th July 1874 Perth Western Australia
M MEAD Alice Julia Ricardo 1898 WA
D 21st August 1948 Leederville Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Children – John Matthew, Herbert Daniel, Violet Dorothy, Alice Irene, and Cyril Henry James Rice.
Thomas  Henry B 6th November 1875 Perth Western Australia
M SQUIRES Ruby Bell 1904 Jarrahdale Western Australia
D 5th July 1953 Dwellingup Western Australia
Child Alma May Rice.
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
MOULD Thomas
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
2nd Husband of WifeHITCHCOCK Obadiah
Date/Place of Marriage1889 Guildford (possible WA BMD registration 13 of 1889)
Children by 2nd HusbandNone known
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Newspaper ArticlesInquirer and Commercial news Wednesday 7th March 1883 Matthew’s death
Eastern Districts Chronicle Monday 22nd December 1884 page 3 Suicide of John Francis
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial28th February 1883 Perth Western Australia
East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
16th May 1904 Perth Western Australia
Not yet known
Will or ProbateSROWA Cons 3403/1904/113 Will of Sarah Jane Hitchcock
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 Matthew Rice 1257 Private 1st Battalion Rifle Brigade location Malta
1851 As above location Dover
Discharge due to appointment to the permanent staff of the 3rd King’s Own Staffordshire Rifle Regiment of Militia
In the 1851 Census HO 107/1632/736/6 Mathew(sic) age 33 a single man is a residing at Houghan Dover a soldier with his regiment
Transferred to the Rifle Brigade in 1854 for the purpose of serving with an older brother, known to be James
1861 Census RG 09/1916/117/14 Stubbs Street Newcastle under Lyme
Matthews (sic) Rice age 44 is a Chelsea Pensioner born Ireland living with his wife Sarah age 34 born Middlehurst (Midhurst) Sussex and their children John age 3 years and Mary A aged 7 months both born Newcastle Staffordshire
4th September 1868 purchased York Lot 276 of 5 acres 1 rood 10 perches
In March 1873 the Pensioners of York were called out to defend the home of Pensioner Matthew Rice from fire the Resident Magistrate report several Pensioners refused to report for duty. 


Family History information provided by Matthew’s GG-Grandaughter Michelle Roberts