SMITH – Thomas 41st Regiment

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41st Regiment

Afghan Medal

Name SMITH – Thomas
Regiment (s)41st Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1248
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
13th January 1840 / 22 years / Coventry Warwickshire England
Stocking weaver
Description – Height
Complexion/Eyes/Hair/Scars
5 Ft 5¼ in
Sallow / Dark / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationIndia – 3 years 2 months
Jamaica – 3 years
Length of Service21 years 43 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeSergeant / 26th February 1861 / Aldershot Hampshire England
Campaign MedalsAfghan Medal
Intended Residence at
Discharge
Not yet known
Pension Districts1861 Jersey
1862 Bermuda (in transit)
1863-1872 Western Australia
Pension Paid2/0d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
30th October 1862 Gravesend England (via Bermuda)
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
MERCHANTMAN 15th February 1863
Date/Place of Birth1818 Lutterworth Leicestershire England
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Father
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother
Date/Place of Birth
Marriage
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
ARCHER Frances
1829 England
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeThomas B 1844 Not yet known
M BRIDGEMAN Sarah (possibly) 1867 Greenough Western Australia
D 20th September 1889 Geraldton Western Australia
bur Urch Street Cemetery now Apex Park Geraldton Western Australia
William Robert B 1851 Ireland
M CREAM Mary Ann 4th February 1869 Western Australia
D 20th June 1894 Geraldton Western Australia
bur Urch Street Cemetery now Apex Park Geraldton Western Australia
Henry Hill B 1850 Not yet known
M1 STEIN Mary Esther Strutt 29th November 1875 Fremantle Western Australia
M2 GALLOP Elizabeth Emily 23rd May 1885 Fremantle Western Australia
D November 1905 Western Australia
bur Presbyterian Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Sarah (Ann) Esther B 1853 Ireland
M JOSE William John 5th August 1874 Geraldton Western Australia
D 24th March 1935 Highgate Western Australia
bur Wesleyan Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Emma B Not yet known
M HAMILTON Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Australia
None
Purchased Geraldton Lot 38 / 39 and 40
Acreage Lot 40 3 acres Town lot 262 Geraldton
Occupation after
Arrival
Warder
Newspaper ArticlesVictorian Express Geraldton Wednesday 22nd March 1882
Departure from Western
Australia
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial11th April 1872 Geraldton Western Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Wife
20th March 1882 Geraldton Western Australia
Urch Street Cemetery now Apex Park Geraldton Western Australia
Will or ProbateSROWA Cons 3458/1875/230 letters of Administration
SROWA Cons 3403/1882/643 Probate Frances SMITH
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide index
1841 Thomas Smith 1248 Private 41st Foot location Karrachee
1851 Thomas Smith 1248 Sergeant 41st Foot location Cork, Ireland and at sea, Castlebar Ireland
Discharge at own request after 21 years service
1861 Census: Thomas Smith age 43, married, a Chelsea Pensioner, born England is living at 8 Newgate Street, St. Helier Jersey with his wife Frances age 42 also born England and their children William age 14 and Sarah age 8 both born Ireland.The Surgeon Superintendent of the Merchantman rated the conduct of both Thomas and Frances Smith as Very Good. Thomas received medical treatment during the voyage for depression and it may have been responsible for him being suspended on 22nd November 1862 as Sergeant Major of the guard in consequence of his incapacity in the management of the guard and Sergeant Callaghan appointed Acting Sergt Major, Thomas was reinstated Sergeant Major 25th December 1852.
Children William, Henry and Sarah travelled with them on the voyage.
In his will dated 6 April 1872 Thomas wrote “I give to my wife Frances Smith the whole of and every part of my property and estate real and personal, that is now, or hereafter become mine, or be bequeathed to me; including my four grants of land in Geraldton, numbered respectively 38,39, Suburban allotments 40, Suburban allotment, and 262 town Lot together with all houses, buildings and improvements thereon, whatever and everything that I can by law dispose of, for her sole and separate use, her receipt alone being sufficient discharge.”
Frances Smith bequeathed her entire estate to her 5 children: Emma wife of Sergeant Major Hamilton of the 41st regiment, Son Thomas now in England, sons William and Henry and daughter Sarah divided equally with the proviso “In the event of my son William not living soberly and steadily at the time of such division I desire that the Executors retain in their hands his fifth share until such time as he shall amend and prove himself worth of confidence.” Dated 12th September 1872.