|PERSONAL DETAILS||John KEEFE|
|Birth date and place||c. 1820 Allen, Kildare, Ireland.|
|Baptism date and place|
|Civil Census Residences|
England, Wales & Scotland
|Physical Description||Height: 5 ft. 8 ins. Complexion: fair. Eyes: blue. Hair: light.|
|Marriage date and place|
|Spouse||Anne Jane ? (tentative).|
|Children||Margaret Ann 1869, New Zealand (tentative).|
Ellen 1871, New Zealand (tentative).
John James 1874, New Zealand (tentative).
|Death date and place||26 Dec 1903 Wellington, New Zealand (tentative) [1903/7513].|
|Burial date and place||Dec 1903 Karori Cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand (tentative).|
Area 07. Block A. Row 01. Plot 035.
|Will and Probate|
|Death Notices and Obituaries|
|Regiment(s)||7th (Royal Fusiliers) Regiment.|
|Regiment No. and Rank||#1163 Private.|
|Attestation date and place||24 Apr 1838 Dublin, Dublin.|
|Service/Campaigns||Gibraltar 5 years.|
West Indies 3 years 3 months.
North America 2 years 2 months.
Turkey & Crimea 2 years 2 months.
East Indies 2 years 10 months.
|Musters||1841 Gibraltar [WO12-2503].|
|Medals, Clasps and Badges||Crimea War Medal clasps Alma, Inkermann, Sebastopol. Turkish Crimea Medal.|
Note: original medals are held in the Army Museum of Western Australia, Artillery Barracks, Burt Street, Fremantle.
Three Good Conduct Badges.
|Casualty/Medical||Chronic Hepatitis. This man, nearly 21 years in the service, has been subject (since August 1859) to frequent attacks of intermittent fever and pain in the hepatic region. The liver is somewhat enlarged and the function of the bowels greatly deranged, and his constitution is much shaken. This man’s disability has originated by an individual predisposition accelerated by his long service and not increased by interperance.|
Unfit for further service as a consequence of Chronic Liver Disease and failing strength.
|Regimental Courts Martial||23 times entered in the Regimental Defaulters Book.|
Prisoner 16 Mar 1843 to 2 Apr 1843.
|District Courts Martial||Deserted 6 May 1849. Rejoined 23 May 1849.|
Tried by a District Court Martial for Desertion on 14 Jun 1849. Convicted and Sentenced to 12 months imprisonment with hard labour and to be marked with the letter D.
Forfeited by Conviction of Desertion 9 years 321 days.
Prisoner 23 May 1849 to 16 Nov 1849.
Prisoner 26 Dec 1850 to 28 Apr 1851.
Former service restored per Authority dated Horseguards 11 Dec 1857 forfeited by Conviction of Desertion 9 years 321 days.
|General Courts Martial||None.|
|Discharge date and place||16 Jul 1861 Chatham.|
|Length of Service||21 years 74 days.|
|Chelsea Pension Reference||WO97/1406/95.|
|Post Discharge Residence||Dublin.|
|Post Discharge Pension District||1st Dublin 1861. Wellington, New Zealand 1897.|
|Pension Amount||11d, per diem.|
|ARRIVAL AND LIFE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA|
|Departure and Arrival||26 May 1865 Portland; 10 Aug 1865 Fremantle.|
|Status/Occupation||Enrolled Pensioner Force.|
|Land Grant/Purchase||None in WA.|
|Subscriptions||Home for Orphaned Roman Catholic Children 1868.|
|Misc. Newspaper Articles||The Herald 1 Aug 1868.|
|Departure from WA||Left Western Australia after August 1868 for Wellington, New Zealand.|