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DESERTERS   1846- 1848

 

As located in the South Australia Government Gazettes

 

SURNAME

DESCRIPTION

SAGG DATE

 

collins

David Collins deserter from the 11th Regiment foot, stationed at Adelaide, SA, 6th March 1847

Regimental No 1587

Height – 5’ 6½”

Make or Form – Stout

Shoulders, arms, legs, feet – square; proportionate; proportionate; rather large

Features - Round

Hair – Dark brown

Eyes – Grey   Eyebrows – heavy

Nose & Mouth – Flat; rather large

Where born - Lancaster

Age – 25 yrs 2 mths

Trade - labourer

Remarks – Marked with letter “D” under left arm. deserted in regimentals, which have since been found near the town of Adelaide

 

Robert Webster, Captain 11th Regiment

 

25/3/1847

denham

Joseph Denham, deserter from the 11th Regiment foot, stationed at Adelaide, SA, 6th March 1847

Regimental No 1227

Height – 5’ 6”

Make or Form – proportionate

Shoulders, arms, legs, feet – square; proportionate and marked with indian ink; proportionate, proportionate

Features - long

Hair – light brown

Eyes – Grey   Eyebrows – rather heavy

Nose & Mouth – regular; rather large

Where born - Lanark

Age – 28 yrs

Trade - weaver

Remarks –  The form of an Highlander marked on one arm, and several other marks of indian ink on both arms

 

Robert Webster, Captain 11th Regiment

 

25/3/1847

finnigan

Lawrence Finnigan, deserter from Her Majesty’s 11th Regiment, stationed at Adelaide, South Australia

Height – 5’8½”

Complexion – sallow,

make or form- slender

Hair – dark brown

Eyes - grey

Date of Enlistment – 29th October 1842 Dublin

Date of desertion – 25th September 1848

Where born – Parish Castleblaney, County Monaghan

Age -  23 yrs

Trade - labourer

Marks - none

Remarks- Absent from Tattoo the night of the 25th September 1848, walks very slovenly, having the appearance of week limbs.

Robert Webster, Captain 11th Regiment

28/9/1848

gregg

John Gregg - deserter from the 11th Regiment foot, stationed at Adelaide, SA, 6th March 1847

Regimental No 1680

Height – 5’ 8½”

Make or Form – slender

Shoulders, arms, legs, feet – square; proportionate; small; small

Features - long

Hair – dark brown

Eyes – Grey   Eyebrows – arched

Nose & Mouth – aquiline; small

Where born - Dublin

Age – 24 yrs

Trade - labourer

Remarks –   No particular marks on this man. He speaks like a north of England man.

 

Robert Webster, Captain 11th Regiment

 

25/3/1847

mclaughlin

James McLaughlin, from the detachment 11th Regiment of Foot

Height – 5’7”

make or form – slender, head-proportionate, face-long and narrow, eyebrows-dark brown and heavy, nose-small, mouth-large, neck-long and small, shoulders-narrow, arms-rather long,

hands, thighs, legs-proportionate, feet-large

Hair – dark brown

Eyes - grey

Date of Enlistment -

Date of desertion – 29/9/1846, place of desertion Adelaide

Where born – St Annes, County Cork

Age – 20 yrs

Trade - labourer

Dress – red jacket, black cloth trousers

Marks -

 

Robert Webster, Captain 11th Regiment,

 

29/10/1846

reynolds

Thomas Reynolds, deserter from Her Majesty’s 11th Regiment, stationed at Adelaide, South Australia, 6th October 1848

Height – 5’ 6½”

Complexion – dark,

make or form – proportionate,

Hair - black

Eyes - dark

Date of Enlistment – 7th March 1844 Kilkenny

Date of desertion – 6th October 1848

Where born – Parish Phillipstown, Kings County

Age -  23 yrs

Trade - labourer

 Marks - none

Remarks – Supposed to have deserted in plain clothes, got married in Adelaide to a person of the name of Bland

Robert Webster, Captain 11th Regiment

12/10/1848

tormay

Pte. Francis Tormey, deserter from Her Majesty’s 11th Regiment, stationed at Adelaide, SA (Deserted the night of the 31st October 1847).

Number 10

Height – 5’ 6½”

Complexion – sallow

Make or form – proportionate

shoulders- square,

Arms, legs, feet - proportionate

Hair – dark  brown

Eyes – grey

mouth - small

Where born – Kells Town, county Meath

Age – 21 yrs, 8 mths

Trade – labourer

Remarks – Supposed to have had on a blue shirt, white jacket, white trousers and blue cloth cap. Had been employed as  an officer’s servant up to the time of his desertion

 

Robert Webster, Captain 11th Regiment

 

4/11/1847

walsh

Michael Walsh, deserter from Her Majesty’s 11th Regiment, stationed at Adelaide, South Australia, 6th October 1848

 

Height – 5’ 10”

Complexion – fresh

make or form- slender

Hair - brown

Eyes - grey

Date of Enlistment – 24th February 1844 Kilkenny

Date of desertion -  7th October 1848

Where born – Parish Deansfort, County Kilkenny

Age – 21 yrs 8 mths

Trade - labourer

Marks - none

Remarks – Absent from Tattoo on the night of the 7th instant, got married in Adelaide to a person of the name of Melvill

Robert Webster, Captain 11th Regiment

12/10/1848

Wilson

Thomas Wilson,  from the detachment 96th regiment

Height - 5’6”

Complexion- sallow

Hair- Dark brown

Eyes -Hazel

Date of Enlistment.- 12/8/1839

Date of desertion- 25/12/1845

Where born- Ormskirk, Lancashire

Age- 27 yrs 5 mths

Trade-labourer

Dress- straw hat, duck trousers

Marks- has mark of indian ink on the body and the letter “D” under left arm pit.

GV Butler, Captain 96th regiment, Commanding Troops SA

 

22/1/1846

wilson

Geo. Fredk. Wilson, deserter from Her Majesty’s 96th Regiment, stationed at Hobart Town, V.D Land

No – 1

Height – 5’ 6”

Complexion – fresh

Make or form - proportionate

Hair - brown

Eyes - grey

Date of Enlistment – 13/1/1843 at London

Date of desertion -  17/8/1847

Where born – St Marylebone, county Middlesex

Age – 24 yrs, 7 mths

Trade – labourer or sailor

Marks - none

Remarks – deserted in regimental undress, with black trousers, second time of desertion

The man was apprehended on the first occasion at Adelaide in February or March 1844 ; supposed to have again embarked at V. D. Land for South Australia

 

Robert Webster, Captain 11th Regiment

 

23/9/1847

 

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