Name variations: Starkie, Sterkey, Sharkey, Stockey.
Birth date and place 14 May 1829 Galway, Galway, Ireland (see sidebar).
Baptism date and place
Civil Census Residences
England, Wales & Scotland
Occupations pre-WA Smith.
Physical Description Height: 5 ft. 7 ins. Complexion: fresh. Eyes: blue. Hair: light brown.
Marriage date and place Ireland ?
Spouse Mary KILLEEN.
Children Bridget b. ? outside Australia  (d.1861 Fremantle, WA).
Thomas b. 1862 Fremantle, Western Australia.
Mary Catherine b. 1864 Perth, Western Australia.
Michael Peter Patrick b. 1868 (d.1868), Fremantle, Western Australia.
Ann Jane b. 1869 Fremantle, Western Australia.
Death date and place 3 Jul 1901, 5 Pilgrim Street, Footscray, Victoria.
Cause of Death: Alcohol poisoning (Magisterial Inquiry 4 Jul 1901).
Burial date and place 5 Jul 1901 Melbourne General Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria.
Will and Probate
Death Notices and Obituaries The Argus 4 Jul 1901.
The Age 5 Jul 1901.
Regiment(s) 41st (The Welch) Regiment.
Regiment No. and Rank #2482 Private
Attestation date and place 12 Jun 1848 Dublin, Dublin.
Service/Campaigns Ionian Islands & Malta 3 years.
Turkey & Crimea 2 years 3 months.
West Indies 1 year 7 months.
Musters 1851 Cork, Ireland and at sea [WO12-5447].
Promotions Private to Corporal 5 Jan 1856.
Corporal to Sergeant 25 Mar 1858.
Sergeant to Private 3 Sep 1858.
Medals, Clasps and Badges Crimea War Medal clasps Alma, Inkermann, Sebastopol.  Turkish Crimea Medal.
French Legion of Honour.
One Good Conduct Badge.
Casualty/Medical Casualty Roll: Severe Wound. Final Attack on the Redan. 18 June 1855.
Note: this injury not recorded on WO97 Medical Report. 
Regimental Courts Martial Tried & Imprisoned 5 to 26 Dec 1852 for breaking out of Barracks & taking a bayonet with him.
Tried & Reduced 3 to 22 Sep 1858 for “drunk & absence”.
District Courts Martial None.
General Courts Martial None.
Discharge date and place 16 Mar 1859 Chatham.
30 Aug 1859 Admitted to out pension.
Length of Service 10 years 175 days.
Chelsea Pension Reference WO97/1518/109.
Post Discharge Residence Not stated.
Post Discharge Pension District Galway (1859).
Pension Amount 8d. per diem.  Increase in pension not approved 22 Jan 1886.
Patriotic Fund.
Ship Palmerston.
Departure and Arrival 10 Nov 1860 Portland; 11 Feb 1861 Fremantle.
Status/Occupation Enrolled Pensioner Force.
Working party Camden Harbour settlement per Tien Tsin  1865. Smith and Cook.
Temporary Assistant Warder from 1868 [Barker p.195]. Retired 3 Mar 1882.
Land Grant/Purchase 4 Apr 1881 applied for land grant [as Sharkey: Broomhall].
Subscriptions Greenough Fire Fund 1864.
Misc. Newspaper Articles The Herald 13 & 20 May 1871.
West Australian 3 Mar 1882.
Departure from WA c. 1886 to Victoria; date & vessel unknown.