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TOOLE – Patrick 62nd and 29th Regiment

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62nd Wiltshire Regiment of Foot
29th Regiment Worcestershire Crest
Punjab Medal (Chilianwala Clasp)
Land Grant
Regiment (s)62nd and 29th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 2505 / 2638
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
25th September 1843 / 18 years / Liverpool England
Description – Height
5 Ft 5½ in
Sallow / Blue / Light Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 12 years 9 months
Length of Service18 years 49 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 12th November 1861 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsPunjab Medal with Chillianwallah clasp
Intended Residence at
Preston Lancashire England
Pension Districts1861 Preston
1862 Bermuda (in transit)
1863-1884 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
1878 Increased to 1/6d per diem for service Enrolled Force
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 Birth1825 Mylock Galway Ireland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
SIMPSON Elizabeth nee MURRAY
c1833 Preston Lancashire England
Date/Place of MarriageMarch 1860 (possible)
Children by 1st WifeJoseph (possibly SIMPSON) B 25th January 1856 Preston Lancashire England
Bp 14th June 1863 Fremantle WA
Thomas B 1865 Fremantle Western Australia
D 1886 Western Australia
John William bap 23rd February 1867 Fremantle Western Australia
D 15th March 1867 Fremantle Western Australia
bur Skinner Street Cemetery Fremantle Western Australia
William bap 23rd February 1867 Western Australia
D 1st March 1867 Fremantle Western Australia
bur Skinner Street Cemetery Fremantle Western Australia
Agnes B 18th March 1869 Western Australia
D 1869 Western Australia (aged 2 months)
bur Skinner Street Cemetery Fremantle Western Australia
1st Husband of WifeSIMPSON John
Date/Place of MarriageJune 1854 Preston Lancashire England
Children by 1st HusbandPossibly Joseph b 1856 Preston Lancashire England
Land Grants Western
North Fremantle Lot P50
1acre3 roods36 perches
17th January 1883 Title Application
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesWest Australian Friday 4th May 1906 – page 6 (written as O’TOOLE)
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial29th December 1884 Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
April 1906 Perth Western Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1851 Patrick Toole 2638/62ft 2505 Private 29th Foot location Meerut India
1861 Patrick Toole 2638 Private 29th Foot location Preston.
In the 1861 Census P Toole age 37, a soldier with the 29th Regiment, is living at the Fulwood Barracks Preston, Lancashire with his wife E. Toole age 30 born Preston Lancashire and son J.J. Toole age 5 who was also born Preston.
Discharge due to being unfit for further service due to ophthalmia and impaired general health
The Surgeon Superintendent rated the conduct of both Patrick and Mrs Toole as Very Good. Both required medical treatment during the voyage Mrs Toole being hospitalised for 108 days for syncope. They were accompanied by their son Joseph.
30th December 1884 The Resident Magistrate Fremantle wrote to the Colonial Secretary “This poor woman’s husband has just died and she is, I believe, without any means of maintenance. She proposed applying to you for relief and I write to say that I think it is a deserving case.”
“From enquiries made by me it appears that Elizabeth Toole is the widow of the late Patrick Toole, her age is 54 she has one son Thomas Toole age 20 years.
Mrs Toole states that her son has done no work for the last 9 months. She has earned her living by washing since her husband’s death but is unable to do it on account of her health she suffers from a pain in her left side.”
The Superintendent of the Poor House said that her son Thomas had done no work for 9 months and should be made to work and support her.
3rd May 1888 The Resident Magistrate Fremantle requested that a full ration be given to Mrs Toole –approved.
8th April 1891 Resident magistrate Fremantle again requested that the widow Toole who was weak and unable to work due to age be given rations. He said she was living at Fremantle and had no friends and did not want to go into the home –approved 15th April
14th May 1892 Arch Deacon Glyn Watkins made an application for a pensioners widow who he named as Mrs Elizabeth Toohill (sic) to occupy quarters in ‘the building known as the Military Barracks.’ He said she was a hard working woman who was having difficulties in keeping herself and she dislikes the idea of going into the home.
The caretaker of the Barracks was disinclined to admit Mrs Toohill as he considered she associated with persons of bad character and was undeserving of the privileges sought
21st May 1892 Glyn Watkins made further inquiries regarding Mrs Toohill with her neighbours and found they considered it most unjust to deny her a place in barracks.
25th May 1892 Octavius Burt requested the Commissioner of Police to make further inquiries regarding Mrs Toohill or Toole’s character. Sub Inspector Lawrence made the inquiries and found Mrs Toole who was living at Albert’s Cottages Cantonment Street Fremantle was a hard working woman who occasionally took a little drink ‘but not to excess.’ At the time she was 61 years of age and under the receipt of a Government ration. She was unable to work and earn her rent and had no relations as her husband died in 1884 and she had since lost her son.
28th May 1892 Having established that it was Mrs Toole quarters (2 rooms) were found for her in the Fremantle Barracks.
14th March 1896 Application for Mrs Toole to be admitted to the women’s home as she was feeble in mind and body and unable to look after herself – approved.