PERSONAL DETAILS John AHERN
Birth date and place1821 Somerstown, Cork, Ireland.
Baptism date and place
Civil Census ResidencesSee Musters below (1841, 1851).
Occupations pre-WALabourer.
Physical DescriptionHeight: 5 ft. 5¼ ins. Complexion: fair. Eyes: grey. Hair: dark brown.
Marriage date and place23 Aug 1847, St Paul’s Parish, Dublin, Ireland.
SpouseRosanna MOONEY b. 1820 d. 1855.
ChildrenBartholomew b.1848, Ireland. Died in the Crimea 1854.
Ernest b. 1849 Ireland. Died in the Crimea 1854.
Mary Ann b. 1850, Limerick, Ireland.
Death date and place25 Nov 1889, Geraldton, Western Australia.
Burial date and place26 Nov 1889, Old Geraldton Cemetery, Geraldton, WA.
Will and ProbateNone.
Death Notices and ObituariesNone.
ARMED FORCES
Regiment(s)68th Durham Light Infantry.
Regiment No. and Rank#1554 Private.
Attestation date and place26 Aug 1839 Cork, Ireland.
Service/CampaignsQuebec, Canada 3 years.
Malta 7 months.
Turkey and Crimea 1 year 9 months.
Ionian Islands 1 year 4 months.
East Indies 3 years 5 months.
Musters1841 Ashton under Lyme [WO12-7654].
1851 Birr, Ireland [WO12-7663].
PromotionsPrivate to Corporal 1 May 1854.
Medals, Clasps and BadgesCrimea War Medal clasps Alma, Balaklava, Inkermann, Sebastopol.  Turkish Crimea Medal.
Five Good Conduct Badges.
Casualty/MedicalNone.
Regimental Courts MartialNone.
District Courts MartialNone.
General Courts MartialNone.
Discharge date and place22 Jan 1861 Fermoy, Ireland.
Length of Service21 years 157 days.
Chelsea Pension ReferenceWO97/1594/2.
Post Discharge ResidenceCork.
Post Discharge Pension District1st Cork (1861). Gloucester (1861).
Pension Amount1/6d. per diem. Increased to 2/- per diem 18 Jan 1881 for service EPF.
ARRIVAL AND LIFE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
ShipMerchantman.
Departure and Arrival12 Oct 1862 London; 14 Feb 1863 Fremantle. Via Bermuda.
Status/OccupationEnrolled Pensioner Force.
Sergeant of EPF for the Camden Harbour Settlement 1865-1866.
Land Grant/Purchase26 Nov 1883, North Fremantle Lot 61 (grant).
28 Jan 1884, North Fremantle Lot 52, later 66 Stirling Highway (purchase) [Heritage Council
WA Register, p.4, footnote 7].
Subscriptions
Misc. Newspaper ArticlesInquirer & Commercial News 25 Jan, 26 Apr 1865; 10 Jan 1866.
Perth Gazette & West Australian Times 21 Apr 1865; 12 Jan 1866.