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SKILLEN / SKILLING – John 5th Regiment

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Skinner St Cemetery and Church of England Registers April 2012 EPG Gazette

Death by Suicide Perth Gazette 21st February 1851
Regiment (s)5th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 271
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
7th August 1824 / 18 years /Newry Down Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 10 in
Dark / Blue /Black / None
Overseas Service/DurationWest Indies – 1 year 2 months
Gibraltar – 3 years 11 months
Malta – 2 years 5 months
Ionian Islands – 5 years
Length of Service21 years 337 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 12th February 1847 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Armagh Ireland
Pension Districts1847 1st Manchester District
1847 Armagh
1848 Belfast
1850 1st Manchester District
1850-1851 Western Australia
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 Birthc1806 Newry Down 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
UNKNOWN Mary Ann (Possible)
Not yet known
Mary Ann Skillen M HILL William in Wexcombe (Midland Western Australia) 1854
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeUnknown child B 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
Not applicable
Occupation after
12th August 1850 appointed night warder Convict Establishment
1st November 1850 Gate Keeper
Left 17th February 1851
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette 14th January 1850
Perth Gazette 21st February 1851
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/BurialFebruary 1851 Fremantle Western Australia
Skinner St Cemetery
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish army Worldwide Index
1841 John Skillen 271 Sergeant 5th Foot location Catalonia and Vido
Discharge due to varicose veins left leg making him unfit for further service
In 1849 John Skillen was convicted of a felony and had his pension suspended (Belfast) restored after release from prison
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 john Skillen, farm labourer, 1/-, 21st January married 1 child
Death by suicide hanging himself with a handkerchief from the limb of a tree near the old Fremantle Ferry and found by children. Cause believed to be his discharge from the Convict Establishment for drunkenness and ill treatment of his wife.