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TAAFFE / TAAFE – Francis 22nd Regiment 1st Battalion

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22nd Cheshire Regiment of Foot
Scinde Medal
NameTAAFFE / TAAFE – Francis
Regiment (s)22nd Regiment 1st Battalion
Regiment Number (s) 1484
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
2nd October 1839 / 18 years / Dublin Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 9.3/8 in
Fresh / Hazel / Dark Brown / Cross cupped over loins
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 13 years 9 months
Length of Service21 years 148 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 13th February 1861 / Parkhurst Isle of Wight England
Campaign MedalsScinde Medal: Clasps for Battles of Meeanee and Hyderabad
Intended Residence at
Liverpool England
Pension Districts1861 1st Liverpool
1865- Tilbury
1865-1898 Western Australia
Pension Paid10d per diem
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 Birthc1821 Swords Dublin Ireland
Date/Place of Baptism16 March 1821 Swords Dublin Ireland
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
Bp 24 July 1831 Swords Dublin Ireland
Date/Place of Marriage17 January 1858 Swords Dublin Ireland (Bridget had previously married RAFFERTY Peter – 29 November 1851 Swords, Dublin Ireland)
Children by 1st WifeEliza Anne B 1st Qtr 1861 Isle of Wight Hampshire England
M RILEY Francis William Bell Luton 1877 Greenough Western Australia
Mary Jane B 1st Qtr 1859 Salford Lancashire England
M ODELL V. Henry 1880 Perth Western Australia
D  29th December 1947 Geraldton Western Australia
Helen B 1864 place not yet known
D 25 October 1879 Fremantle Western Australia, Bur Skinner St Cemetery
Margaret May B 1867 Fremantle Western Australia
D 15 January 1884 Fremantle, Western Australia
Catherine B 1869 Newcastle Western Australia
M BOWERS David 1894 Fremantle Western Australia
D 14th August 1917 Bunbury Western Australia
Francis Martin B 1870 Fremantle Western Australia
M STEELE Mary Anne 1895 Perth Western Australia
D  24th October 1937 Perth Western Australia
bur Salvation Army Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Land Grants Western
Lot 1062 Freshwater Bay of 9 acres 3 roods 3 perches Title 5/377 There is no indication this was ever taken up
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette and West Australian Times Friday 10 April 1874 page 3 Francis charged with James Regan’s manslaughter

Perth Gazette and West Australian Times Friday 24 April 1874 page 3 case dismissed
The Herald Saturday 17 June 1876 page 2 re Bridget
The Herald Saturday 15th May 1880 page 2 Marriage of Mary Jane
The Herald Saturday 19 January 1884 page 2 Death from measles
The South West Times Tuesday 14th August 1917 page 3 Death Catherine Bowers

Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial1898 Fremantle Western Australia, buried 4 October 1898 Skinner Street Cemetery Fremantle WA (Jacobus Taafe age 76)
Date/Place of Death/Burial
29 December 1894 Western Australia
Not yet known
Will or ProbateCons 3458/1895/003 Bridget Taafe(sic)
Further InformationBritish Army, Worldwide Index
1841 At sea and camp near Poona
1851 Dogshai India
Discharge: At own request free having completed 21 years’ service
Had a silver medal and gratuity for long service and good conduct and 2 Good Conduct badges
‘13 April 1876.FRANCIS TAAFFE, pensioner, reports at station at 1pm that on the evening of the 11th while he was in the “Albert” hotel Fremantle he was robbed of a silver hunting watch. Description ¾ plate, Geneva no 12734 on dial and back also that he was robbed at the same time and place of a watch chain. Description Albert double links, very close pattern, no one suspected.’Following the escape of the fenians the Fremantle police occurrence books record: 17 April 1876 ‘a search Warrant executed at 12 noon by Sgt Campbell, Cox Mills (coxswain) and a number of land and water police constables on the premises of FRANCIS TAAFFE, pensioner, in search of absconders.
The marriage of does not appear to have been a happy one both being somewhat volatile personalities. Francis asked the court to protect him from her tongue and she in return sued for a separation due to cruelty which may have been denied as he was still her lawful husband at the time of her death. The girls seemed to be rather similar as there are proceedings against them for aggressive behaviour.
On 8th January 1895 Frank Taaffe applied for letters of Administration for the estate of his lawful wife Bridget Taaffe who had died on 29 December 1894 intestate, the value of the said estate was not expected to exceed ten pounds.