WELDON – Robert 31st Regiment

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31st Regiment Huntingdonshire Colours

Sutlej Moodkee clasp e.g. Ferozeshuhu

NameWELDON – Robert
Regiment (s)31st Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 2201
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
7th December 1843 / 18 years / Dublin Dublin Ireland
Labourer
Description – Height
Complexion/Eyes/Hair/Scars
5 Ft 7½ in
Sallow / Grey / Dark Brown / Gunshot wound in left leg at Ferozeshar
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 2 years 3 months
Length of Service3 years 282 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 14th September 1847 /  Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNot yet known
Intended Residence at
Discharge
Drogheda Ireland
Pension Districts1847 Drogheda
1854 Western Australia
1857 South Australia
Pension Paid8d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
1st January 1854 Plymouth England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
SEA PARK 5th April 1854
Date/Place of Birthc1825 St George’s Dublin Dublin 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
BANNON Catherine
Not yet known
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeJames B c 1849/1853 Ireland
Patrick B 1855 Bp 15th July 1855 Fremantle WA
D 12th July 1922 Eastwood, Norwood South Australia
Mary B 16 March 1858 Adelaide South Australia
D 1858 aged 1 Day Adelaide South Australia
Robert B 30th April 1859 Adelaide South Australia
Possible death 9 March 1885 age 26 Adelaide SA
John B 30th May 1862 South Australia
D 1888 Adelaide South Australia
Catherine B 9th September 1865 Adelaide South Australia
M Tonkin Richard 17th August 1891 St. Luke’s Adelaide SA
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Marriage
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Australia
None
Occupation after
Arrival
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesSouth Australian Advertiser Thursday 29th January 1880 page 2 Funeral Notice Catherine Weldon
Departure from Western
Australia
The Barque Swan sailed from Fremantle 21st August 1857 arriving Adelaide 19th September 1857 there is no passenger list for steerage listed in the various newspapers as there were from 76 to 85 passengers
Date/Place of Death/Burial27th May 1885 Adelaide South Australia (possibly)
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Wife
27 January 1880 Adelaide SA
Bur West Terrace Cemetery SA
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationServed with Army of the Sutlej in 1845 and present at the action at Moodkee entitled to a medal. Present at Ferozeshar where he was wounded. Discharge due to glandular swellings, impaired constitution and a gunshot wound to the left leg.

A son James Weldon age five contracted rubella on the voyage of the Sea Park. James was admitted to the Royal Adelaide Hospital on 5th October 1865 age 12, he said he was born in Ireland

Patrick Weldon was admitted to Royal Adelaide Hospital on 30th May 1901 aged 46, he said he was a married man RC, residing in Solomon Street and was a street musician and had been born in WA.

Robert Weldon was admitted to the Royal Adelaide Hospital 7 times between 1874 and 1884 he lived in various location around Adelaide and said he was either a labourer or in the latter years a hawker. He said he came to SA in the Swan

Son Robert was also admitted to the hospital on five occasions over the same period of time his occupation was given a bootmaker he was born in South Australia.
John was also admitted in 1888, he said he was a labourer and born South Australia. See attachment

There are many newspaper accounts of Patrick, John and son Robert’s various arrests for drunkenness and riotous behaviour as was Kate.

This was an extremely poor family Kate appears to have been involved in prostitution and Patrick ended up a vagrant who they wanted to send to the asylum, all sort refuge in alcohol.

Still being paid pension in South Australia in 1879.