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John Stokes – An Operation Delayed – by Peter Conole and Jean McDonald – February 2010 EPG Gazette

63rd Regiment Shoulder Belt Plate
Crimean War Medal reverse-obverse
Turkish Crimea Medal
Land Grant
NameSTOKES – John
Regiment (s)63rd Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 2896
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
22nd October 1852 / 17 years 6 months / Liverpool Lancashire England
Description – Height
5 Ft 6.3/8 in
Fresh / Hazel / Dark Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationExpeditionary Force in the East – 9 months (Crimea)
Length of Service2 years 73 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 3rd July 1855 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsCrimea
Crimea Turkish
Intended Residence at
Dublin Ireland
Pension Districts1855 2nd Dublin
1865 Tilbury
1865-1900 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
1887 Increased to 1/6d per diem for service in Enrolled Force
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 Birthc1835 Baldoyle Dublin 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
PYNAN or POYNAN or PINAN Elizabeth
Could also be “Bryan or Ryan” – seems not spelt the same way twice
c1835 Ireland
Date/Place of Marriage1857 Howth Dublin Ireland
Children by 1st WifeHenry B 21st July 1858 Dublin Ireland
bap 22nd July 1858 Howth Baldoyle Dublin Ireland
M TAYLOR Mary Agnes 1882 Perth WA
D 4th Quarter 1950 age 93 Newton Abbott Devon England
James B 1st October 1860 Dublin Ireland
bap 7th October 1860 Howth Baldoyle Dublin Ireland
M COX Harriet 1883 Fremantle Western Australia
D 14 March 1917 Fremantle WA
Bur Fremantle Cemetery RC Section
John B 12th September 1863 Dublin Ireland
bap 20th September 1863 Howth Baldoyle Dublin Ireland
D 1865 Aged 3 years
William B 1865 Fremantle Western Australia
M MAGUIRE Annie 1896
D 7th July 1952 Perth Western Australia
Elizabeth B 1868 Fremantle Western Australia
M SOLOMON Elias 1st May 1887 Fremantle WA
D 3 December 1898 at sea
Bur at sea on way to Adelaide
Mary B 1870 Fremantle Western Australia
M GRONO Frederick
D 16th December 1942 Claremont Western Australia
Joseph B 1873 Fremantle Western Australia
D July 1899 Fremantle Western Australia
Rose Ann B 1878 Fremantle Western Australia
bap 26th October 1878 St. Patrick’s Fremantle Western Australia
M HEALY James 1898 Fremantle Western Australia
D 9th April 1961 Wembley Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
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
Fremantle sub Lot 41
5 acres
Assigned 31 January1882
Title Application 19 February 1885
Title 7/22
The North Fremantle 1880 rate books had John Stokes as the occupier of P lots 39 and 40.
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesThe Daily News Thursday 27 July 1899 page 3 Death of Joseph Stokes
Western Mail Saturday 24 March 1900 page 50 Obituary John Stokes
The West Australian Thursday 20 July 1911 page 10 Obituary Elizabeth Stokes
The Daily News Tuesday 20 March 1917 page 2 Death of James Stokes
The Daily News Tuesday 3 May 1887 page 3 Marriage of Elizabeth Stokes to Elias Solomon
The Daily News Tuesday 6 December 1898 page 3 Death of sea of Elizabeth Solomon
The Daily News Wednesday 31 August 1949 page 12 Police pension awarded to Henry Stokes in UK
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial13th March 1900 Fremantle Western Australia
Roman Catholic Section Fremantle Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
16th July 1911 Fremantle Western Australia
Roman Catholic Section Fremantle Western Australia
Will or ProbateSROWA Cons 3403/1900/076
Further InformationDisabled: From a gunshot wound of right side, followed by Haemoptysis. Stiffness of arm from abscesses, ball lodged, received at Inkerman.
Purchased Fremantle sub lot 40 5 acres 1867
In 1888 John Stokes applied for fifteen pounds to erect a cottage on his Pensioner grant but the request was denied as the Imperial Grant had ceased on 31 March 1886.
John Stokes made his will on 30th April 1897 adding a codicil on 14 March 1898.
John appointed James Healy draper’s assistant of Fremantle and Thomas William Whitely contractor of Fremantle as his executors. He bequeathed his entire estate to his wife Elizabeth do with as she saw fit and on her death the residue was to be divided between his daughters Mary and Rose. It one of them should predecease him her share would go to the surviving daughter.
‘I also give and bequeath to William Percy Birmingham the rifle bullet with which I was wounded in the Crimea and which has been extracted by him from my body;’
He left his medal and four clasps to his daughter Mary and his Turkish medal to his daughter Rose.
In the codicil he said ‘The property and estate which I have above bequeathed to my wife Elizabeth Stokes shall be and is hereby bequeathed to my son James Stokes of South Street Fremantle, dairyman, to be held by him in trust for the said Elizabeth Stokes. Furthermore in case either Mary or Rose should die it is my will that that portion of my estate which will come to them should be inherited by their children.’
The total value of the estate was £868/7/6, consisting of Fremantle Town Lot 744 on which there were two houses of five and six rooms valued at £800, the rest was the valuation of the furniture.