ROBERTS / ROBARTS – John 31st Regiment

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31st Regiment Huntingdonshire Colours

Crimea Medal Alma Inkerman Sebastopol Clasp

Mrs Roberts applies for relief

NameROBERTS / ROBARTS – John
Regiment (s)31st Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 2652
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
27th October 1846 / 17 years / Dublin Ireland
Labourer
Description – Height
Complexion/Eyes/Hair/Scars
5 Ft 5.3/8 in
Fresh / Grey / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationIonian Islands – 2 years 4 months
Crimea – 8 months
Length of Service8 years 165 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 8th April 1856 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsCrimean Medal with Alma Inkerman and Sebastopol clasps
Intended Residence at
Discharge
Dublin Ireland
Pension Districts1856 1st Dublin
1858 Athlone
1859 1st Dublin
1862 Bermuda (in transit)
1863-1866 Western Australia
1866-1875 South Australia
Pension Paid9d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
30th October 1862 Gravesend England (via Bermuda)
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
MERCHANTMAN 15th February 1863
Date/Place of Birth1829 Catherines near Dublin Ireland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Father
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother
Date/Place of Birth
Marriage
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
GRANT Ann
B 1825
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeRichard B Not yet known
Catherine B 1859 Not yet known
M JENKINS Alfred22nd August 1879 Adelaide South Australia
Patrick B 1866 Fremantle Western Australia
D 9th April 1870 Adelaide South Australia
Ann B December 1867 Adelaide South Australia
D 2nd May 1870 Adelaide South Australia
Land Grants Western
Australia
None
Occupation after
Arrival
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesSouth Australian Register 3rd September 1866 – Shipping Emily Smith passenger list
South Australian Advertiser Tuesday 12th April 1870 – page 2 Death of son Patrick
South Australian Advertiser Tuesday 3rd May 1870 – page 2 Death of daughter Ann
South Australian Advertiser Saturday 30th August 1879 page 4 Marriage of Catherine
South Australian Advertiser Monday 7th June 1886 – page 8 Search for work
South Australian Register Tuesday 8th November 1898 – page 7 Charged and convicted of larceny
South Australian Advertiser Wednesday 9th January 1901 – page 7 Death of John
Departure from Western
Australia
John, Ann, Richard and Catherine departed WA 12th August 1866 arriving South Australia 2nd September 1866 onboard “Emily Smith”
Date/Place of Death/Burial28th December 1900 Adelaide Hospital South Australia
West Terrace Cemetery Adelaide South Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Wife
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationDischarge: Unfit for service due to partial stiffness of left shoulder joint and with drooping the result of severe contusion from shell fragment
The Surgeon Superintendent of the Merchantman found John Roberts conduct Good except for leaving his post when on sentry duty over the cook’s gallery and found lying down on the hatchway at 5 am Nov 18th 1862. He found Mrs Roberts conduct Good on the whole but was guilty of making false and scandalous reports. The couple were accompanied by their son Richard and daughter Catherine. Mrs Roberts age 28 Received medical treatment during the voyage as did Catherine aged 3
SROWA Cons 36/578/213 ROBERTS Ann applied for relief while John travelled to Vasse to obtain passage for herself and three children to Adelaide South Australia. Granted temporary relief.
In June 1886 John was so desperate to find work he advertised in the newspaper for any kind of labouring work.
In 1898 John was convicted of having stolen a fork worth six pence and sentenced to three months imprisonment.
There were sundry admittances for John Roberts at the (Royal) Adelaide hospital between 1866 and his death in 1900. Daughter Catherine was admitted as a 15 year old in 1878 however she said she was born at sea, she was living at Pulteney street and had been 12 years in the Colony.
28th December 1900 John Roberts late of the 31st regiment died as a result of a burning accident.