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50th Regiment Cap Badge
Gwalior Star versions awarded for the battles of Maharajpoor and Punniar
Sutlej Campaign Medal Ferozeshuhur, Aliwal and Sobraon
British Crimea Medal Alma Inkerman Sebastopol Clasp
Turkish Crimea Medal
NameSUTCLIFFE – Richard
Regiment (s)50th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1951
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
18th December 1841 / 18 years  8 months / Bradford Yorkshire England
Wool comber
Description – Height
Not stated
Fair / Grey / Light Brown / Small scar on the right side of upper lip
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 5 years 8 months
Turkey and Crimea – 2 years 3 months
Length of Service15 years 117 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 13th  April 1857 / Dublin Ireland
Campaign MedalsGwalior Star Punniar
Sutlej Medal (Moodkee) Ferozeshuhur Aliwal and Sobraon clasps
Crimea War Medal with Alma Inkermann and Sebastopol clasps
Turkish Crimea Medal
Intended Residence at
Gibbert (Gilbert?)  Lane Halifax Yorkshire
Pension DistrictsApril 1857 – June 1859 Halifax
1859-1866 Western Australia
1867-1889 South Australia
Pension Paid8d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
26th May 1859 Plymouth Devon England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
SULTANA 19th August 1859
Date/Place of Birth17th April 1823 Halifax Yorkshire England
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
1803 Northowran Yorkshire England
Date/Place of Birth
1806 (1841 Census)
SiblingsWilliam B 1826 Not yet known
George B 1829 Bradford West Yorkshire England
Hannah B 1831 Bradford West Yorkshire England
James B 1834 Bradford West Yorkshire England
Susannah B 1836 Bradford West Yorkshire England
Job B 1838 Bradford West Yorkshire England
Sarah B 1840 Horton Northamptonshire England
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
EDE Mary
B 1832 Not yet known
Date/Place of MarriageDecember 1857 Bradford Yorkshire (England & Wales Marriages 1837-2008 Volume 9B page 45)
Children by 1st WifeWilliam B 1859 Not yet known
D 19 January 1860: buried St. John’s Cemetery Skinner Street Fremantle Western Australia
Henry B 14th November 1860 Western Australia
M HENDERSON Elizabeth Walridge Cousins 8th April 1888 South Australia
D 1938 Not yet known
Walter B December 1862 Fremantle Western Australia
D 13th January 1864 Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
2nd WifeBISSON Rachel (Father John Bisson)
B 1839 Guernsey Channel Islands
D Not yet known
Date/Place of Marriage10th April 1873 Adelaide South Australia
Children by 2nd WifeEdith Rachel B 1873 Kensington South Australia
D 8th January 1874 aged 2 months Kensington South Australia
Annie B 1875 Portland Estate South Australia
D Not yet known
Rosanna B 1877 Kensington South Australia
D 3rd May 1877 aged 3 months Inman Valley South Australia
2nd Husband of WifeNone known
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Shepherd in South Australia
Newspaper ArticlesWest Australian 11th September 1893 page 6 Retirement of Mary Sutcliffe
Chronicle (Adelaide, SA: 1895-1954) Thursday 22nd September 1938 – page 49 Henry Sutcliffe
Departure from Western
Not clear how and when left Western Australia in 1866. Paid from 1st January 1867 in South Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial30th October 1889 Adelaide Hospital South Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1st Wife
27th October 1911 Pinjarra Western Australia (Mary)
Buried St. John’s Cemetery Pinjarra Western Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationRichard Sutcliffe “served in East Indies in action at Punniar (Bronze Star) with army of the Sutlej, was present in the action of Moodkee, Ferozeshar, Aliwal, and Sobraon (Medal and 3 clasps) served in Turkey, Crimea, present at battles of Inkerman, siege of Sebastopol, (medal and clasp). Wounded at Ferozeshar.” (Bayonet wound to right thigh.)
British Army Worldwide Index
1851 Richard Sutliffe 1951 Private 50th Foot location Aston under Lyne
In the 1841 Census Richard is living with his parents William age 38 and Mary age 35, siblings William, George, Hannah, James, Susannah, Job and Sarah at the back of Horton Road, Bradford, Yorkshire, they were all born Yorkshire.
In the 1851 Census Richard is a single man living with his regiment (50th) at the Barracks Burn Hays, Burslem, Wolstanton, Staffordshire England
Discharge due to varicose veins
Granted gratuity £3 for performing duties as Warder on Convict ship Sultana
Richard Sutcliff appears to have married for a second time despite his first wife was still living in Western Australia.
He was admitted to the (Royal) Adelaide hospital six times and on the first entry 22nd November 1872 he said he was a married man; however on the second time 3rd March 1873 he said he was single. In the entries for 1879 and 23rd May 1883 he said he was married but by the time of the entry 10th October 1883 he was a widower as he was for the 1884 and 1886 entries. On all the entries he said he was born Halifax or Bradford, aged between 47 and 64, Religion Church of England, employed as a shepherd and had arrived on the Sultana. From these entries it appears that his 2nd wife Rachel died between May-October 1883 although the death does not appear to have been registered.
After Richard left the state Mary Sutcliffe became the post mistress and telephonist at Pinjarra for the next 25 years retiring in 1893 with a pension of £37.10.0, her salary before retirement was £100 per annum. Her son Henry followed in her footsteps and was post master at Rundle Street post office Adelaide SA.