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ROFFEY – Richard 40th and 59th Regiment

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40th Somersetshire Regiment
59th Regiment
NameROFFEY – Richard
Regiment (s)40th and 59th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) – / 664
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
27th September 1827 / 20 years / Rochester Kent England
Description – Height
5 Ft 6½ in
Fair / Hazel / Light Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationMediterranean – 2 years 157 days
West Indies – 1 year 117 days
Length of Service20 years 354 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 24th February 1849 / Birr Ireland
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Lambeth England
Pension Districts1849 South London
1850-1857 Western Australia
1857-1865 East London
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
4th March 1850 Portsmouth Hampshire England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
SCINDIAN 1st June 1850
Date/Place of Birthc1807 Lambeth Surrey England
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 MarriageSingle
Children by 1st WifeNot yet 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
16th August 1850 Assigned Lot P12 South Perth
Occupation after
1851 School Master aboard the Scindian
Convict Establishment overseer of 12 prisoners acting as a warder on Gregory’s surveying party
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette 14th June 1850
The inquirer and Commercial News Wednesday 4th March 1857 page 2 Passenger list Dolphin (Roffy)
Departure from Western
2nd March 1857 left Western Australia for England per Dolphin
Date/Place of Death/Burial12th September 1865 unknown location
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide index
1841 Richard Roffey 664 Corporal 59th ft location Templemore Cork and Jersey
Discharge due to wasting bodily and activity
After the arrival of the Scindian at Fremantle Captain Henderson wrote a report listing the rank name, trade or calling, rate of pension, date of enlistment for 5 months service, marital status, and number of children for each pensioner. Sometimes the trade of calling differed from that recorded at the time of attestation:
Private Richard Roffey, plumber and glazier, 1/-, 17th January, single
30th January 1851 Captain Henderson proposed that a gratuity of £5 be paid to the pensioners who instructed the children on the Scindian namely Corporal Gordon and Private Roffey – the Governor divided the £5 between the two men.
AJCP Reel 775 Entry book of correspondence 1848-1851 SROWA Vol 221/133
Richard Roffey was assigned South Perth lot P12 of 5 acres on 16th August 1850, however due to the problems of isolation and only being accessible by river all the lots were abandoned despite Captain Bruce’s efforts to establish a wood cutting enterprise which also failed.