|PERSONAL DETAILS||Michael KEESHON|
Name variations: Keeshan, Keesham, Keeshaw, Kushan.
|Birth date and place||c. 1829 Barna, Moneygall, Kings County (Offaly), Ireland.|
|Baptism date and place||2 Oct 1836 Moneygall, Offaly, Ireland. Diocese of Killaloe (tentative).|
|Civil Census Residences|
England, Wales & Scotland
|49th Regiment Permanent Barracks (East Block), Aldershot, Surrey, England (1861).|
2 Greens Yard, Halifax, Yorkshire, England (1871).
|Physical Description||Height: 5 ft. 9 ins. Complexion: fair. Eyes: grey. Hair: brown.|
|Marriage date and place||Unknown.|
|Spouse||Mary Jane FAULKNER.|
|Children||William Joseph 1859, Manchester, Lancashire, England (no birth record).|
Elizabeth 1865, Mullingar, Westmeath, Ireland.
Michael 1867, Deesa, Bombay, India.
Patrick 1869, India (no birth record).
Ephraim John 1871, Halifax, Yorkshire, England.
James 1876 (d.1877), Perth, Western Australia.
|Death date and place||18 Dec 1889 ‘Manning’s Paddock’, Fremantle, Western Australia.|
|Burial date and place||December 1889 St Patrick’s Cemetery, Fremantle.|
|Will and Probate||None.|
|Death Notices and Obituaries||West Australian 19 Dec 1889.|
Western Mail 21 Dec 1889.
|Regiment(s)||49th (Princess Charlotte of Wales’s or Hertfordshire) Regiment.|
|Regiment No. and Rank||#2787 Private.|
|Attestation date and place||9 Dec 1848 Templemore.|
8 Oct 1858 Re-engaged at Barbados.
|Service/Campaigns||Ionian Islands 2 years 1 month.|
Turkey 5 months.
Malta 1 year.
Crimea 1 years 10 months.
West Indies 3 years 2 months.
East Indies 4 years 1 month.
|Musters||1861 Portsmouth [WO12-6085].|
|Medals, Clasps and Badges||Crimea War Medal clasps Alma, Inkermann, Sebastopol. Turkish Crimea Medal.|
Four Good Conduct Badges.
Long Service & Good Conduct Medal (£5 gratuity).
|Casualty/Medical||Casualty Roll (as Keesham): Severe wound. The Assault on the Quarries. 7 June 1855.|
Wounded in the right leg by the explosion of a mine.
|Regimental Courts Martial||None.|
Nineteen times entered in the Regimental Defaulters Book.
|District Courts Martial||None.|
|General Courts Martial||None.|
|Discharge date and place||22 Feb 1870 Colchester.|
|Length of Service||21 years 76 days.|
|Chelsea Pension Reference||WO97/1542/77.|
|Post Discharge Residence||Co. Tipperary.|
|Post Discharge Pension District||Halifax 1870. Greenwich 1873.|
|Pension Amount||1/- per diem. Increased to 1/2½d. per diem 18 Jan 1881 for service EPF.|
|ARRIVAL AND LIFE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA|
|Departure and Arrival||31 Oct 1873 Woolwich; 19 Feb 1874 Fremantle.|
|Status/Occupation||Enrolled Pensioner Force.|
Enrolled Guard 11 Nov 1880 – not on Roll at disbandment in 1887.
Fremantle Explosives Magazine 1881.
|Misc. Newspaper Articles||Inquirer & Commercial News 12 Jan 1876. Click to read of larceny charge.|
Western Australian Times 7 Jan 1876.
|Departure from WA||Not applicable.|