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Deserter - South Australia

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Deserters that may have changed their names in South Australia

This is a project to identify Deserters from the Navy, Merchant Navy and any other situation that would cause an individual to change their name. The Police Gazette has announcements and descriptions of these persons.

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1845

Thomas Wilson, from the detachment 96th regiment

  • Height - 5’6”
  • Complexion- sallow
  • Hair- Dark brown
  • Eyes -Hazel
  • Date of Enlistment.- 12/8/1839
  • Date of desertion- 25/12/1845
  • Where born- Ormskirk, Lancashire
  • Age- 27 yrs 5 mths
  • Trade-labourer
  • Dress- straw hat, duck trousers
  • Marks- has mark of indian ink on the body and the letter “D” under left arm pit.
  • GV Butler, Captain 96th regiment, Commanding Troops SA

1846

James McLaughlin, from the detachment 11th Regiment of Foot

  • Height – 5’7”
  • make or form – slender, head-proportionate, face-long and narrow, eyebrows-dark brown and heavy, nose-small, mouth-large, neck-long and small, shoulders-narrow, arms-rather long,
  • hands, thighs, legs-proportionate, feet-large
  • Hair – dark brown
  • Eyes - grey
  • Date of Enlistment -
  • Date of desertion – 29/9/1846, place of desertion Adelaide
  • Where born – St Annes, County Cork
  • Age – 20 yrs
  • Trade - labourer
  • Dress – red jacket, black cloth trousers
  • Marks -

1847

11th Regiment foot, stationed at Adelaide, SA, 6th March - Robert Webster, Captain

David Collins deserter from the 11th Regiment foot, stationed at Adelaide, SA, 6th March 1847

  • Regimental No 1587
  • Height – 5’ 6½”
  • Make or Form – Stout
  • Shoulders, arms, legs, feet – square; proportionate; proportionate; rather large
  • Features - Round
  • Hair – Dark brown
  • Eyes – Grey Eyebrows – heavy
  • Nose & Mouth – Flat; rather large
  • Where born - Lancaster
  • Age – 25 yrs 2 mths
  • Trade - labourer
  • Remarks – Marked with letter “D” under left arm. deserted in regimentals, which have since been found near the town of Adelaide

Joseph Denham, deserter from the 11th Regiment foot, stationed at Adelaide, SA, 6th March 1847

  • Regimental No 1227
  • Height – 5’ 6”
  • Make or Form – proportionate
  • Shoulders, arms, legs, feet – square; proportionate and marked with indian ink; proportionate, proportionate
  • Features - long
  • Hair – light brown
  • Eyes – Grey Eyebrows – rather heavy
  • Nose & Mouth – regular; rather large
  • Where born - Lanark
  • Age – 28 yrs
  • Trade - weaver
  • Remarks – The form of an Highlander marked on one arm, and several other marks of indian ink on both arms

John Gregg - deserter from the 11th Regiment foot, stationed at Adelaide, SA, 6th March 1847

  • Regimental No 1680
  • Height – 5’ 8½”
  • Make or Form – slender
  • Shoulders, arms, legs, feet – square; proportionate; small; small
  • Features - long
  • Hair – dark brown
  • Eyes – Grey Eyebrows – arched
  • Nose & Mouth – aquiline; small
  • Where born - Dublin
  • Age – 24 yrs
  • Trade - labourer
  • Remarks – No particular marks on this man. He speaks like a north of England man.

Pte. Francis Tormey, deserter from Her Majesty’s 11th Regiment, stationed at Adelaide, SA (Deserted the night of the 31st October 1847).

  • Number 10
  • Height – 5’ 6½”
  • Complexion – sallow
  • Make or form – proportionate
  • shoulders- square,
  • Arms, legs, feet - proportionate
  • Hair – dark brown
  • Eyes – grey
  • mouth - small
  • Where born – Kells Town, county Meath
  • Age – 21 yrs, 8 mths
  • Trade – labourer
  • Remarks – Supposed to have had on a blue shirt, white jacket, white trousers and blue cloth cap. Had been employed as an officer’s servant up to the time of his desertion

Geo. Fredk. Wilson, deserter from Her Majesty’s 96th Regiment, stationed at Hobart Town, V.D Land

  • No – 1
  • Height – 5’ 6”
  • Complexion – fresh
  • Make or form - proportionate
  • Hair - brown
  • Eyes - grey
  • Date of Enlistment – 13/1/1843 at London
  • Date of desertion - 17/8/1847
  • Where born – St Marylebone, county Middlesex
  • Age – 24 yrs, 7 mths
  • Trade – labourer or sailor
  • Marks - none
  • Remarks – deserted in regimental undress, with black trousers, second time of desertion
  • The man was apprehended on the first occasion at Adelaide in February or March 1844 ; supposed to have again embarked at V. D. Land for South Australia

1848

Thomas Reynolds, deserter from Her Majesty’s 11th Regiment, stationed at Adelaide, South Australia, 6th October 1848

  • Height – 5’ 6½”
  • Complexion – dark,
  • make or form – proportionate,
  • Hair - black
  • Eyes - dark
  • Date of Enlistment – 7th March 1844 Kilkenny
  • Date of desertion – 6th October 1848
  • Where born – Parish Phillipstown, Kings County
  • Age - 23 yrs
  • Trade - labourer
  • Marks - none
  • Remarks – Supposed to have deserted in plain clothes, got married in Adelaide to a person of the name of Bland

Michael Walsh, deserter from Her Majesty’s 11th Regiment, stationed at Adelaide, South Australia, 6th October 1848

  • Height – 5’ 10”
  • Complexion – fresh
  • make or form- slender
  • Hair - brown
  • Eyes - grey
  • Date of Enlistment – 24th February 1844 Kilkenny
  • Date of desertion - 7th October 1848
  • Where born – Parish Deansfort, County Kilkenny
  • Age – 21 yrs 8 mths
  • Trade - labourer
  • Marks - none
  • Remarks – Absent from Tattoo on the night of the 7th instant, got married in Adelaide to a person of the name of Melvill
  • A Michael Walsh married Judith MULVEHILLE in 1848 in Adelaide.
  • Michael Aalsh/Welsh circa1829 Danesfort Kilkenny

Lawrence Finnigan, deserter from Her Majesty’s 11th Regiment, stationed at Adelaide, South Australia

  • Height – 5’8½”
  • Complexion – sallow,
  • make or form- slender
  • Hair – dark brown
  • Eyes - grey
  • Date of Enlistment – 29th October 1842 Dublin
  • Date of desertion – 25th September 1848
  • Where born – Parish Castleblaney, County Monaghan
  • Age - 23 yrs
  • Trade - labourer
  • Marks - none
  • Remarks- Absent from Tattoo the night of the 25th September 1848, walks very slovenly, having the appearance of week limbs.

1875

Merchant Navy

FROM THE SHIP " APPELLES," AT PORT ADELAIDE AUGUST '10 AND 21ST, 1875.

  • John Smith, aged 23, 5ft. 5in. high, slight build, fair complexion, no whiskers or moustache, blind of the left eye ; Irish.
  • John Lewis, aged 25, 5ft. 5in. high, medium build, fair complexion, no whiskers or moustache ; English.
  • Leon Alleyne, aged 24, 5ft. 7in. high, thin build, boyish appearance, brown hair, no whiskers or moustache ; a Frenchman.

£3 each reward for all deserters from this ship.

FROM THE SHIP "DARRA," AT PORT ADELAIDE AUGUST 15, 1875.

  • James Somerville, aged 19, 5ft. 6in. high, fair complexion, slight build, small fair whiskers and moustache.

FROM THE SHIP " PROGRESS," AT PORT ADELAIDE AUGUST 17, 1875.

  • Neils Christensen, a Norwegian, aged 25, 5ft. 6in. high, black beard and whiskers, dark complexion, no moustache, face slightly swelled. £10 reward.

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