PERSONAL DETAILS Roderick DONOHUE
Birth date and place c. 1834 Lorrha, Portumna, Tipperary, Ireland.
Baptism date and place
Civil Census Residences
Occupations pre-WA Labourer.
Physical Description Height: 5 ft. 7¼ ins. Complexion: fair. Eyes: hazel. Hair: dark brown.
Marriage date and place 18 Feb 1857 Kilworth, Cork, Ireland. By Licence, Diocese of Cloyne.
Spouse Mary WHELAN.
Children
Owing to spelling variations, (e.g. Donohue, Donahue, Donohoe, Donoghue etc.) individuals are difficult to identify.
Sources: Kilworth RC Baptism Register, National Library of Ireland, WA General Registrar’s Index, Family Search Index.
WA Bicentennial Dictionary.
Bridget 1858, Kilworth, Cork, Ireland.
James 1859, Kilworth, Cork, Ireland.
Elizabeth 1864, Fremantle, Western Australia.
Maria 1866, Fremantle, Western Australia.
Margaret Ellen 1868, Fremantle, Western Australia.
Elizabeth (Isabella) 1871, Fremantle, Western Australia.
Cecily 1873, Fremantle, Western Australia.
Death date and place 27 Jul 1882 Colonial Hospital, Perth, Western Australia.
Cause of Death: Cystitis.
Burial date and place Jul 1882 East Perth Cemetery, Western Australia.
Will and Probate Will: 28 Mar 1882. Oath of Administration: 14 Apr 1883.
[Cons 3458-1883-003].
Death Notices and Obituaries Inquirer & Commercial News 9 Aug 1882.
ARMED FORCES
Regiment(s) 68th (Durham) Light Infantry Regiment.
Regiment No. and Rank #2910 Private.
Attestation date and place 15 Jan 1852 Birr, King’s County.
Service/Campaigns Malta 10 months.
Crimea 1 year 5 months.
Musters
Promotions & Reductions Private to Corporal 20 Nov 1855.
Corporal to Private 23 Aug 1856.
Medals, Clasps and Badges Crimea War Medal clasps Alma, Balaklava, Inkermann, Sebastopol.  Turkish Crimea Medal.
French Military Medal.
Casualty/Medical Was wounded in the right arm by a piece of shell on the 19th August 1855 whilst in the trenches in the Crimea: he cannot use his arm properly , in consequnce of the nerves having been injured,  and at times finds it quite numbed and powerless.  He is not able to handle his firelock (?) or do his duty as a soldier and is therefore recommended to be invalided. Conduct in hospital Good. Occupation before enlisting Labourer.  Unfit for further service from gunshot wound right arm.
Regimental Courts Martial Tried for being drunk at Fermoy on 15 Aug 1856. Imprisoned 15 Aug 1856 to 22 Aug 1856.
District Courts Martial None.
General Courts Martial None.
Discharge date and place 15 Oct 1856 Fermoy.
Length of Service 4 years 267 days.
Chelsea Pension Reference WO97/1594/156.
Post Discharge Residence Birr, King’s County, Ireland.
Post Discharge Pension District 1st Cork.
Pension Amount 8d. per diem.  Increased to 1/4d. per diem 18 Jan 1881 for service EPF.
Patriotic Fund.
ARRIVAL AND LIFE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Ship York.
Departure and Arrival 8 Oct 1862 Portland; 31 Dec 1862 Fremantle.
Status/Occupation Enrolled Pensioner Force.
Enrolled Guard 21 Aug 1880. Discharged 22 Jan 1882 – continual sickness.
Land Grant/Purchase 26 Nov 1883 Lot 82E Perth (grant to widow).
Subscriptions None.
Misc. Newspaper Articles
Departure from WA Not applicable.