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SAMPY / SAMFRY – Michael 56th Regiment

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56th West Essex Regiment
Crimean War Medal with Sebastopol Clasp
Turkish Crimea Medal
NameSAMPY / SAMFRY – Michael
Regiment (s)56th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1865
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
18th May 1840 / 17 years 6 months /  London Middlesex England
Description – Height
5 Ft 9.3/8 in
Sallow / Grey / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationGibraltar – 4 years 7 months
Bermuda – 3 years 7 months
Crimea – 1 year
East Indies – 4 years 11 months
Length of Service21 years 183 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 27 April 1863/ Colchester
Campaign MedalsCrimean War Medal with Sebastopol clasp
Turkish Crimea Medal
Intended Residence at
Chelsea London England
Pension Districts1863 2nd West London
1863 Woolwich
1864 East London
1865 Tilbury
1865-1871 Western Australia
1871-1874 South Australia
1874-1875 Victoria
1876-1878 Western Australia
Pension Paid9d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
26th May 1865 Portland England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
RACEHORSE 10th August 1865
Date/Place of Birthc1823 Chelsea London Middlesex England
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
SAMPEY Michael b 1788 Mayo, Ireland (fishmonger)
Possible – 1841 Census HO 107/5/24/42 Exeter Buildings St Luke’s Chelsea
Possible – 1851 Census HO 107/1474 Chelsea
Date/Place of Birth
CLARK Mary b c1794 Hertford England
SiblingsElizabeth b c1827 Chelsea London England
Thomas b 1829-1832 Chelsea, London d 1897 Fremantle Western Australia
WA Convict 6450 formerly private 1157 12th (Prince of Wales’s Royal) Lancers and also a Crimean War veteran
Sarah b 1835 England
Charlotte b 1839 Chelsea London England
(refer 1841/1851 Census)
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
Single – not married
Date/Place of MarriageNot applicable
Children by 1st WifeNot applicable
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not applicable
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not applicable
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesThe Perth Gazette and West Australian Times Friday 27 January 1871 page 2 Emily Smith to Adelaide
Departure from Western
To South Australia 23rd January 1871 per “Emily Smith”
To Victoria 1874
Returned to Western Australia 1876
Date/Place of Death/Burial16th August 1878 Geraldton Western Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not applicable
Will or ProbateSROWA Cons 3458/1878/294 Letters of Administration
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 Michael Sampy at Depot Newry and Armagh
1851 Stationed at Gibraltar
1861 Stationed Colaba Bombay East Indies
Discharge at own request
Michael Sampy was one of the three teetotallers on the Racehorse who were allowed special allowances as per Admiralty regulations. Michael Sampy left all he had in his will to his brother Thomas