PERSONAL DETAILS Michael KENNEDY
Birth date and place c. 1821 Duncan, Portglenone, Antrim, Ireland [WO97 Chelsea Pension].
23 May 1823 County Antrim, Ireland [Civil Service Evidence of Age].
Baptism date and place
Civil Census Residences
England, Wales & Scotland
Occupations pre-WA Weaver.
Physical Description Height: 5 ft. 11 ins. Complexion: Fair.  Eyes: grey.  Hair: brown.
Marriage date and place Unknown.
Spouse Margaret CROTHERS.
Children Michael John? (tentative).
Lillian 1859, Ireland (tentative).
Anne 1860, Kilkenny, Ireland.
William James 1865, Perth, Western Australia.
Anna or Ann 1866, Guildford, Western Australia.
Patrick 1869, Guildford, Western Australia.
More children may have been born outside Australia or in Western Australia.
Death date and place 10 Apr 1892, Finnerty Street, Fremantle, Western Australia.
Cause of Death: Heart disease.
Burial date and place April 1892 St Patrick’s Cemetery, Fremantle, Western Australia.
Will and Probate Letters of Administration: 15 Jul 1896. Probate: 17 Jul 1896 Supreme Court of Western Australia.
[Cons 3458-1896-066].
Death Notices and Obituaries Daily News 11 Apr 1892.
West Australia 12 Apr 1892.
WA Record 14 Apr 1892.
Western Mail 16 Apr 1892.
ARMED FORCES
Regiment(s) 48th (Northamptonshire) Regiment.
Regiment No. and Rank #1579 Private.
Attestation date and place 14 May 1839, Antrim, Antrim.
Service/Campaigns Gibraltar 3 years 5 months.
West Indies 3 years 1 month.
Ionian Islands 2 years 1 month.
Crimea 7 months.
Musters 1841 Gibraltar [WO12-5988]
Promotions & Reductions Private to Corporal 22 Jun 1842.
Corporal to Sergeant 11 Apr 1844.
Sergeant to Private 12 Sep 1844.
Private to Corporal 4 Nov 1848.
Corporal to Sergeant 23 Feb 1853.
Medals, Clasps and Badges Crimea War Medal clasp Sebastopol.  Turkish Crimea Medal.
Two Good Conduct Badges prior to promotion.
Casualty/Medical Casualty Roll: Severe wound. Minor actions at Sebastopol 7 August 1855.
Disabled by loss of sight and disorganisation of the structures of left eye after wound by a piece? of shell received on 7th August in the trenches before Sebastopol. States that the piece? of shell lodged in the eyeball. He also states that he suffers from headaches and giddiness.
Unfit for further service.
Regimental Courts Martial 12 Sep 1844: Tried & rank reduced to Private 12 Sep 1844. For drunkenness.
District Courts Martial 3 Dec 1845: Tried & sentenced four months imprisonment and marked with the letter D.
For desertion from Newcastle, Jamaica on 10 Nov 1845.
Imprisoned 3 Dec 1845 to 2 Apr 1846.
General Courts Martial None.
Discharge date and place 29 Jan 1856 Chatham.
Length of Service 16 years 116 days.
Chelsea Pension Reference WO97/1539/68.
Post Discharge Residence Antrim.
Post Discharge Pension District Kikenny.
Pension Amount 1/8d. per diem.
Patriotic Fund. 
ARRIVAL AND LIFE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Ship Clara.
Departure and Arrival 30 Jan 1864 Portland; 13 Apr 1864 Fremantle.
Status/Occupation Enrolled Pensioner Force (Sergeant Major of Convict Guard on board Clara).
Assistant Warder at Barndon Hill (Rivervale) 6 Jun 1864.
Warder Lunatic Asylum, Fremantle 27 Apr 1872.
Land Grant/Purchase Fremantle Town Lot 867 (see sidebar).
Cottesloe Suburban Lot 83 (see sidebar).
Subscriptions
Misc. Newspaper Articles Daily News  14, 15 & 16 Aug 1884.
Inquirer & Commercial News 20 Aug 1884.
Departure from WA Not applicable.