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Benjamin Shemels
Fremantle Cemetery
16 November 1907 The Herald WA
73rd Regiment Colours
Indian Mutiny Medal
Land Grant
Entire Article 16 November 1907 The Herald WA Features EPGs

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Regiment (s)73rd Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 2323
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
18th May 1846 / 14 years / Westminster Middlesex England
Description – Height
6 Ft
Fair / Grey / Brown / Slightly pocked marked
Overseas Service/DurationCape of Good Hope – 4 years 10 months
East Indies – 3 years 5 months
China – 10 months
Length of Service21 years 29 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeCorporal / 29th August 1871 / Not stated
Campaign MedalsIndian Mutiny Medal
Intended Residence at
Sheffield England
Pension Districts1871 Sheffield
1873 Greenwich
1874 – 1909 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0½d per diem
1887 Increased to 1/3d per diem for service in Enrolled Force
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
1st November 1873 Gravesend England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
NAVAL BRIGADE 18th February 1874
Date/Place of Birthc1832 Enniskillen Fermanagh Ireland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Date/Place of Birth
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
c1835 Liverpool Lancashire England
Date/Place of Marriage28th February 1870 St. Pauls Chatham Kent
Children by 1st WifeNot yet known
1st husband of wifeCREAMER James (Crimean War Veteran soldier # 646)
B 1824 Limerick Ireland
M 24th June 1852, St James, Dublin, Ireland (Ireland Marriages 1619-1898)
1852 Stationed Richmond Barracks Private 39th Regiment of Foot, in 1861 in Montreal
D 12 May 1868 Chatham (WO23) – Royal Canadian Rifles
Children by wife’s 1st marriageJames Creamer B March 1859 (deduced) Not yet known
D 10th February 1874 age 14 years 11 months at sea aboard “Naval Brigade” (meningitis)
Ann Creamer B 1863
D 20 July 1863, Notre Dame, Montreal
Elizabeth Creamer B c1863 Newfoundland
M DIXON Godfrey 1885 Western Australia
D 2nd January 1938, Palmyra, Western Australia bur Fremantle Cemetery
Mary Creamer B c1865 Newfoundland
M McNEECE John 11th August 1885 St. John’s Fremantle Western Australia son of EPG John McNeese
D 4th May 1941 Fremantle Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Fremantle Cemetery Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
21st July 1881 Assigned Willagee Swamp Lot 229 20 acres
16th April 1884 Title application
16th June 1884 Deed issued 5/214
39 and 41 Attfield Street, Fremantle. Benjamin lived in 39 Attfield Street and son-in-law Godfrey Dixon at 41 Attfield Street in 1889 at which time Benjamin leased no 39 to son-in-law John McNeece (Family History SLWA)
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesThe Morning Herald November 16th 1907, featuring
John Murphy, Thomas S. Joy, Wm. Turner, Benjamin Shemels, C.J. Woodward
The West Australian Friday 26th November 1909 – page 1
The West Australian Wednesday 16th July 1913 – page 1
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial24th November 1909 45 Attfield Street Fremantle Western Australia
Anglican Section Fremantle Cemetery Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
15th July 1913 45 Attfield Street Fremantle Western Australia
Anglican Section Fremantle Cemetery Western Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1851 Benjamin Shemels 2323 Drummer and Fifer Depot 73rd Regt location Naas Ireland
1861 Benjamin Shemels 2323 Drummer and Fifer 73rd Regt location Calcutta East Indies
1871 Benjamin Shemels 2323 Corporal 35th Regt attached from 73rd Regt location Newcastle on Tyne
Discharge at own request
1871 Census RG 10/5069/18/30 6 Barracks Square Westgate Newcastle upon Tyne
Maria Shemels age 37 the wife of a soldier of the 73rd Regiment born Liverpool is living with her two daughters Elizabeth age 8 and Mary age 6 both girls were born at Newfoundland.
Neither Benjamin or son James are with the family. Benjamin was still serving in the army.
Benjamin Shemels gave evidence into escape of 2 prisoners from the Convict establishment 21st March 1880
November 1880 Benjamin Shemels was on the Nominal roll for the Enrolled Guard. He was living at No 1 Barracks Fremantle with his wife and 2 children. He was appointed to the Guard 11th November 1880 and served until it was disbanded on 31 March 1887. Further information in book “Kardinya Rising”