SWEENEY / SWEENY – Alexander Royal Artillery 3rd and 4th Battalions

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NameSWEENEY / SWEENY – Alexander
Regiment (s)Royal Artillery Invalid Detachment 3rd Battalion 6th Company and 4th Battalion
Regiment Number (s) 1612
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
29th March 1838 / 19 years 5 months / Buncrana Donegal Ireland
Labourer
Description – Height
Complexion/Eyes/Hair/Scars
5 Ft 10½ in
Fresh / Blue / Light brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationSt. Helena – 8 years 3 months
Crimea – 6 months
Length of Service21 years 10 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeGunner / 20th September 1859 / Woolwich Kent England
Campaign MedalsCrimea War Medal with Sebastopol clasp
Turkish Crimea Medal
Intended Residence at
Discharge
Woolwich Kent England
Pension Districts1859 – 60 Woolwich (transferred to Tilbury Fort)
1861-1896 Western Australia. (Sweeny)
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
10th November 1860 Portland Dorset England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
PALMERSTON 11th February 1861
Date/Place of Birth1818 All Saints Newtown Cunningham Donegal Ireland
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
YOUAD Margaret
Not yet known
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeJames Charles B 1851 possibly St. Helena
M SHEA Louisa 1875 Fremantle Western Australia
D 26th June 1922 Fremantle Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Fremantle Cemetery Western Australia
Alexander
B 1853 Falmouth Cornwall
D 1861 Western Australia
George bap 26th February 1865 Perth Western Australia
D 1871 Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
YOUAD J.C.  government auctioneer Island of St. Helena
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Marriage
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Australia
None
Occupation after
Arrival
Assistant warder Convict Establishment 6 months
Light house keeper Port More November 1882 – January 1884 (John Kelly)
Foreman and storekeeper for Mr. B Mason and Mason Bird and Co. 22 years
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette and WA times 23rd September 1870 – page 2
Inquirer and Commercial News Wednesday 6th April 1887 – page 5 Enrolled Guard
The Daily News Thursday 5th November 1891 – page 2
Inquirer and Commercial News Wednesday 11th November 1891-  page 3
The Daily News Saturday 18th January 1896 – page 4
West Australian Thursday 7th March 1912 – page 6
Truth (Perth, WA: 1903-1931) Saturday 29th March 1913 – page 2
Mirror Saturday 8th July 1922-  page 8
Departure from Western
Australia
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/BurialJanuary 1896 Fremantle Western Australia
Skinner Street Cemetery Fremantle Western Australia (tentative)
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Wife
4th November 1891 Fremantle Western Australia
Skinner Street Fremantle Western Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide index
1841
Alexander Sweeney
Gunner & Driver
Location Jersey
WO10/18181851
Alexander Sweeny (sic)
Gunner & Driver
RA 3rd Batt 6 Company
Location St. Helena
WO10/2076

1841 Census HO 107/1460/18/16/6
Guernsey Royal Artillery Barracks Port George
Alexander Sweeney, age 25. Soldier, born Ireland.

SROWA Cons 527/1894/89 – On 11 July 1889 Alexander Sweeney wrote to the Governor, Sir Frederick Napier Broome requesting that he would grant him some government employment stating he had served 21 years in the Royal Artillery and discharged September 1859 with a pension of 1/- per diem. He further said he spent 1 year 6 months at the Crimea and 3 years in China (different to WO97). He arrived in the Colony in February 1860(1) and was employed for 6 months as an assistant warder and 6 months as a light house keeper at Port More. He was employed as a foreman and storekeeper by Mr B. Mason at the timber station in the Canning hills, he also worked for Messrs Mason, Bird & Co for twenty two years. Unfortunately the Governor said “I fear the age of A. Sweeney disqualifies him for further Government employment.”

SROWA Cons 527/1890/1112 – 14 April 1890. Alexander Sweeney wrote to the Colonial Secretary requesting quarters in the Fremantle Pensioner Barracks for himself, his wife and one son. He said he had had no employment for 12 months and could not afford to pay rent.
The Acting Colonial Secretary offered his 3 rooms but must be prepared to turn out if they were required for Immigrants – only 2 rooms available.

SROWA Cons 144 Alexander Sweeney was living in the Barracks Fremantle in November 1891 with his grandson Alexander aged 13 who was employed as a telegraph messenger. In 1899 grandson Alexander now aged 21 years and 3 months and working as a draper after serving 6 years in the 1st Infantry regiment in WA enlisted in the Boer War contingent.

SROWA Cons 527/1895/2125
9 August 1895 Fremantle Barracks. T. McCarthy In
Charge of Barracks reported that Pensioner Alexander Sweeney had opened a vein in his arm and attempted to cut his throat.