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SMITH / SMYTH – Joseph HEIC Madras Artillery and Royal Artillery 17th Brigade

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Honourable East India Company – Painting of Battle of Ferozeshah 1845
Royal Artillery Badge
Indian Mutiny Medal
India General Service Medal (Persia Clasp)
NameSMITH / SMYTH – Joseph
Regiment (s)Honourable East India Company Madras Artillery and
Royal Artillery 17th Brigade
Regiment No (s) 2543 / 336
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
HEIC – 27th May 1846 / 18 years 6 months / Not yet known
Royal Artillery – 20th May 1861 / Not yet known
Description – Height
5 Ft 8 in
Sallow / Hazel / Black / Scar on left of sternum and scar behind left ear
Overseas ServiceEast Indies and Burma – 19 years 62 days
To India 1846 per Bolton
Length of Service22 years 178 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeSergeant
HEIC – 19th May 1861 / Not yet known
Royal Artillery – 20th November 1866 / Woolwich Kent England
Campaign MedalsBurmah Medal
Indian Mutiny Medal
Intended Residence at DischargeWoolwich Kent England
Pension Districts1866 1st Portsmouth
1867 Jersey
1867 1st East London
1867 Tilbury Fort
1868 Western Australia
1869 New Zealand
1871 Sydney NSW
Pension Paid1/9½d per diem
Date of Departure and Place UK or Ireland 12th October 1867 Portland England
Ship and Date of Arrival Western AustraliaHOUGOUMONT 9th January 1868
Date/Place of Birthc1827 St Barnabas Manchester Lancashire England
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
SMITH William
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st WifeMARTIN Jane Elizabeth
B 1837
Date/Place of Marriage27 May 1857 Vepery Madras India
Children by 1st WifeJoseph Martin born 7 September 1858 bp 29 September 1858 Kamptee, Madras, India
D 6 April 1859 aged 7 months buried Jaulnah Kamptee Madras
William Martin born 5 February 1861 Bp 20 February 1861 Secunderabad Madras, India
D 30 October 1862 aged 1 year 9 months buried Secunderabad Madras India
Sarah Elizabeth born 26 October 1862 Bp 20 November 1862 Secunderabad, Madras India
D 28 September 1863 buried Singapore.
Charles James born 5 August 1864 Bp 2 October 1864 Prince of Wales Island Bengal India
D November 1950 Molong NSW
Richard Hollis born 5 August 1864 Bp 2 October 1864 Prince of Wales Island Bengal India
M MANSELL Mary Louisa 26 April 1886 Bathurst NSW
D 22 April 1942 Perth Western Australia
Bur Albany Cemetery Western Australia
Ellen Jane B1867
Bp 28th July 1867 Chadwell St. Mary, Essex, England
married 1888 NEVILLE Frederick Molong NSW
D 19 April 1944 Parramatta New South Wales
Buried Rookwood Cemetery
Alexander born 1869 New Zealand
Walter b unknown
Harry b unknown
Mary Ann B 1871 New Zealand
M 1890 (Smyth) ROBARDS John A Molong NSW
D 1951 Mayfield Newcastle NSW
Father of 1st Wife
Date/Place of Birth
MARTIN William
Mother of 1st Wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western AustraliaNone
Occupation after ArrivalNot yet known
Newspaper ArticlesMolong Express and Western Districts advertiser (NSW: 1887-1954) Saturday 12 December 1908 page 10 death of Jos Smith
also slightly different account in the Molong Argus Friday 11 December 1908 page 4
Western Champion (Parkes, NSW: 1898-1934) Thursday 2 October 1924 Death of Jane
Molong Express and Western Districts Advertiser Saturday 2 May 1942 page 6 death of Richard Hollis
Molong Express and Western Districts Advertiser Friday 17 November 1950 page 6 death of Charles James
Molong Express and Western Districts Advertiser Friday 13 April 1951 page 8 death of Mary Ann
Departure from Western Australia9th February 1869 arriving Melbourne 23rd February 1869
to New Zealand
c1871 to New South Wales Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial10 December 1908 Molong NSW
Buried 11 December 1908 C of E cemetery Molong.
Date/Place of Death/Burial – Wife28 September 1924 Auburn NSW
Will or ProbateNone Located
Further InformationDischarge: After upwards of 21 years’ service.
“With the expedition to Burmah(sic) 1852 – Was present at the affair of the White House Picquet 12th and attack and capture of Rangoon 14th April 1852 –Occupation of Prome 9th and 10th October 1852.”
Believed to be son of soldier
Joseph Smith was the acting Sergeant Major during the voyage of the Hougoumont.
On his Marriage certificate he is described as ‘Bombardier A Company 4th Batt Artillery’
Joseph Smith had been listed on the guard for the ship Norwood but was sent back to barracks as his children had measles, the next available ship was the Hougoumont.
The passenger list for the Laughing Wave shows Jos. Smith age 40, a pensioner, born England, Jane Eliz age 36 also born England and Charles age 4 and James also age 4 as well as an infant Ellen Jane departed Fremantle about 9th February and arriving Melbourne 23rd February 1869.