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RITCHIE / RITCHEY – Matthew 41st Regiment

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41st Regiment
Crimea Medal Alma Inkerman Sebastopol Clasp
Turkish Crimea Medal
Land Grant 1
Land Grant 2
Regiment (s)41st Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 2829
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
24th May 1849 / 17 years 6 months / Belfast Antrim Down Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 7½ in
Fresh / Grey /  Light / Bullet wound right foot
Overseas Service/DurationIonian Islands – 1 year 11 months
Malta – 1 year 1 month
Turkey and Crimea – 2 years
Length of Service6 years  246 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 29th July 1856 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsCrimea War Medal with Alma Inkermann and Sebastopol clasps
Turkish Crimea Medal.
Intended Residence at
Not stated
Pension Districts1856 Newry
1860 2nd Belfast
1861 1st Belfast
1863 Tilbury
1863-1892 Western Australia
Pension Paid8d per diem
Later increased to 10d 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 Birth14th November 1831 Killyleagh Down 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
QUINN Susannah
15th December 1834 Killinchy Down Ireland
Date/Place of Marriage15th April 1857 Killinchy Down Ireland
Children by 1st WifeIsabella bp 23rd November 1857 Raffrey Down Ireland
bap 1857 Raffrey Down Ireland
M RIDLEY James unknown date and location
D 29th June 1931 Geraldton Western Australia
Osborne bap 5th October 1860 Raffrey Down Ireland
M JUDGE Elizabeth Ann Not yet known
D 17th August 1911 Geraldton Western Australia
Obituary of Osborne Richie
Agnes Susannah B 1865 Geraldton Western Australia
M WILLIAMS John 1880 Western Australia
D 22nd April 1946 Geraldton Western Australia
bur Uttakarra Cemetery Geraldton Western Australia
Matthew Francis B 1868 Greenough Western Australia
M OSBORNE Hannah Theresa Mary 1897
D 9th May 1930 Geraldton Western Australia
William John B 1870 Victoria District Western Australia
D 7th April 1948 Geraldton Western Australia
Alice Mary B 1872 Greenough Western Australia
M GOON Lee 1900 Western Australia
D 12th February 1904 Fremantle (Lee Gong) Western Australia
Anne Jane B 1874 Northampton Western Australia
D 1874 Northampton Western Australia
George B 1875 Northampton Western Australia
D 1875 Northampton Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
QUINN Osborne
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
2nd Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
FAHEY Mary nee DALTON (wife of EPG Patrick Fahey)
c 1845 (Age in Fremantle Death)
Date/Place of Marriage1881Northampton, Western Australia,
Children by 2nd WifeNone known
Land Grants Western
27th October 1880 granted Greenough Flats Victoria District Location G25
16 acres
26th November 1883 granted Greenough Victoria District Location G26
16 acres
Occupation after
Newspaper ArticlesWest Australian various notices 1881 and 1882 not responsible for his wife’s debts as Mary Fahey has left him
West Australian 31st March 1887 (unlicensed cart)
Enquirer and Commercial News 6th April 1887 Disbandment of Enrolled Guard
Victorian Express Friday 20th May 1892 page 3 Obituary Matthew
Geraldton Guardian and Express Tuesday 30th April 1946 page 5 Obituary of Agnes Williams
Geraldton Guardian Tuesday 13th April 1948 page 2 Death of Bill Ritchie
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial15th May 1892 Greenough Western Australia
Northampton Cemetery Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
D 1875 Gwalla Western Australia
Northampton Cemetery Western Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationMilitary record records Matthew as being drunk returning from Scutari Souk
Discharge due to the removal of a musket bullet that was lodged in his right foot making him unable to march. Injury occurred 8 September 1855 at the final assault on Sebastopol. During the Voyage of the Clyde Matthew was appointed Corporal of the Guard 5 May 1863 in place of Corporal Webb.

6th June 1881 Payment of £15 to Matthew Ritchie 10d 41st foot Northampton to be sent to him at Northampton

November 1881 Matthew was one of the Pensioners employed on sentry duty at the Exhibition Building Perth.

December 1881 Matthew was appointed to the Enrolled Guard where he served until it was disbanded in 1887.