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15th Regiment East Yorkshire Cap Badge
NameROONEY – Henry
Regiment (s)15th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1016
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
14th August 1835 / 19 years / Woodfort Cavan Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 11 in
Fresh / Grey / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationCanada – 2 years
Ceylon – 9 years 8 months
Length of Service21 years 101 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 25th November 1856 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNot yet known
Intended Residence at
Jersey Channel Islands
Pension Districts1856 Jersey
1857 Exeter (not paid)
1857 Jersey
1858-1878 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
1874 Increased to 1/3d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
26th August 1858 Plymouth England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
EDWIN FOX 20th November 1858
Date/Place of Birthc1816 Navan Meath 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
HYNES Jane (marriage) / HINDS/HYMUS (births of Robert and Catherine)
Not yet known
Date/Place of Marriage23 January 1844, St. Michael’s, Limerick, Ireland
Children by 1st WifeJoseph Henry B c1849
D 28th May 1931, Glendalough, West Leederville, Perth, Western Australia
Aged 82 (Parent: Patrick Henry Rooney and Jane Hynes) Buried Karrakatta Cemetery
Mary Anne B 1852 b Ceylon (see further information)
M EATON Samuel 20 June 1866, Albany, Western Australia
Departs to South Australia 27 March 1876 from Albany, Western Australia on the Emily Smith
D 28 April 1884, Yorketown, South Australia (aged 32)
(Her parents are assumed on the basis of the godparents of three of Samuel and Mary’s children being her siblings Samuel Joseph b 1867 and Robert Benjamin b 1869 god parent being Joseph Henry Rooney and Joan b 1871 being Catherine Rooney)
Robert B 1859 Fremantle Western Australia
D 1861 Fremantle Western Australia
bur 1st April 1861 St Patrick’s Skinner Street Cemetery Fremantle Western Australia
Catherine B 1862 Perth Western Australia
D Not 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
Occupation after
1865 accompanied C C HUNT on his exploration east of York
Newspaper ArticlesThe Herald Saturday 12 January 1878 page 3 Death of a pensioner called Rooney dies of heat exhaustion walking 100 miles to collect his pension
Departure from Western
Not Applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial1878 Western Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
After 1871 see further information
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 Henry Rooney 1016 Private 15th Foot location Winchester and Woolwich
1851 Henry Rooney 1016 Private location Kandy and Colombo Ceylon
Discharge due to length of service and effect of climate, varicose veins left leg.The 15th regiment returned to England from Canada in 1840, after a 2 year stay in England they were stationed in Ireland (Templemore/ Limerick) until departing for Ceylon from Cork on the ships Maria Somes and Mariner 1845 arriving 15th January 1846, Henry was there for 10 years, almost up to his discharge


Henry Rooney was one of the pensioners who accompanied CC Hunt on his expedition from 17th January -16 August 1865 to find an inland route to the north sinking new wells and shoring up existing ones along the way as well as blazing the trail. Unfortunately it was conducted at the worst time of the year and great hardship was endured from excessive heat and bush fires as well as sore eyes, splinters in the eyes and lack of water
1871 January – Joseph, wife and daughter appear on Albany’s list of Roman Catholics as do Mrs Sam Eaton and son
Thanks to David Senn for his research into Henry Rooney