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Men listed as deserting from their Regiment

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These men have been recorded as deserters from the Regiment in which they served. There is more than a strong possibility these men eventually settled. We have included them as they received a description etc. this list may be of help to their descendants. Today ,we understand why these men deserted, in many cases they were treated worse than the convicts. We have listed some in their Regiment , however in many cases the regiment did not directly record them.



ABB, James alias LOGAN, John

Pte 164 12th

25yrs, 5’7”; fresh complexion, dark brown hair, grey eyes; labourer; deserted at Sydney on 20.2.1865. Remarks – brand “D” under left arm.

ACKLAND, Richard

Pte 3283 40th

21.5yrs, 5’5”, sallow complexion, dark brown hair, hazel eyes; enlisted 9.2.1854 Taunton, linen draper; born Plymouth Devon; deserted at Sandurst on 27.9.1857. Remarks – branded with “D” three times under left arm.

ACKLAND, Richard

Pte 3283 40th

18yrs, 5’5”, sallow complexion, dark brown hair, hazel eyes; enlisted Taunton; linen draper; born Plymouth, Devon; deserted at Melbourne on 3. 12.1855.

ADAMS, Patrick

Pte 11th

deserted at Sydney on 16.1.1859. Remarks – branded with “D” twice under left arm.

ADAMS, Patrick

Pte 3091 11th

22.11yrs, 5’6”, fresh complexion, light brown hair, grey eyes; enlisted 27.5.1852 Liverpool, labourer; born Killanan Co Galway; deserted at Sydney on 17.12. 1857. broad scald left cheek.

ADAMS, William

Pte 2673 77th

23yrs, 5’7”, fresh complexion, light brown hair, blue eyes; enlisted 22.4.1853 Tyrone,, weaver; born Pomeroy Tyrone; deserted at Sydney on 12.4.1858.

ADDINGTON, Charles

50th

31.6yrs, 5’8”; fresh complexion, light brown hair, grey eyes; enlisted 29.9.1854, St. Albans; born Wheathampstead Hertford; deserted at Sydney on 25.8.1868. Remarks – brand “D” under left arm.

ADDINGTON, Charles

Pte 4275 50th

32yrs, 5’9”; fresh complexion, light hair, grey eyes; enlisted 29.9.1854, St. Albans; labourer; born Wheathampstead Hertford; deserted at Sydney on 9.3.1869. Remarks – brand “D” under left arm.

AIRLEY, Thomas

Pte 3700 77th

26.1yrs, 5’8”, fair complexion, light hair, grey eyes; enlisted 16.3.1855 Ballymena, labourer; born Carrick-on- Shannon Leitrim; deserted at Sydney on 7.4.1858.

AITKEN, Alfred

Pte 761 50th

28yrs, 5’7”; fresh complexion, light brown hair, blue eyes; enlisted 23.1.1861; Chepstow; labourer; born Tidinham Gloucestershire; deserted at Sydney on 24.12.1868. Remarks - flat footed.

ALEXANDER, Robert

Pte 774 12th

27yrs, 5’3”; dark complexion, brown hair, grey eyes; enlisted c.June 1861, Glasgow; carter; born Scotland; deserted at Sydney on 21.9.1863.

ALLANSON, Henry

Pte 4390 50th

34.1yrs, 5’5”; fresh complexion, dark brown hair, grey eyes; enlisted 21.12.1854, Preston; weaver; born Preston Lancashire; deserted at Sydney on 3.3.1869.

ALLEN, George

Pte 3682 40th

20yrs, 5’5”, fresh complexion, dark brown hair, hazel eyes; enlisted 30.11.1855, Sudbury; labourer; born Hadleigh, Suffolk; deserted at Ballarat on 31.8.1856.

ALLEN, John

Gnr RA

29yrs, 5’9”; fair complexion, light brown hair, grey eyes; enlisted 27.1.1860, Gravesend Kent; wine cooper; born Edinburgh; deserted at Sydney on 3.2.1866.

ALLEN, Thomas

40th

23yrs, 5’7”; fresh complexion, brown hair, grey eyes; labourer; deserted at Melbourne on 18.10.1862. Remarks - returned to regiment c.12.11.1862.

ALLISON, James

14th

25yrs, 5’4”; fresh complexion, brown hair, blue eyes; dyer; born Scotland; deserted at Melbourne on 28.1.1868.

AMAGER, William

Pte 669 50th

26.9yrs, 5’6”; fresh complexion, brown hair, grey eyes; enlisted 30.4.1863, Cambridge; labourer; born Brandon Suffolk; deserted at Sydney on 8.2.1869. Remarks - dressed in plain clothes.

ANDERSON, Robert

Pte 3155 12th

20.11yrs, 5’5”, sallow complexion, brown hair, dark brown eyes; Weaver; born Down; deserted at Ballarat on 17.1.1855.

ANDREWS, Thomas

Pte 2302 40th

28yrs, 5’6”, fair complexion, light hair, hazel eyes;; deserted at Castlemaine on 17.2.1857. late 99th records not received.

ANDREWS, Thomas

Pte 2302 99th

25.9yrs, 5’6”, fresh complexion, light hair, blue eyes; labourer; born St. Martin’s, London; deserted at Melbourne on 3.3.1855. Remarks - pock marked.

ANGLAM, William

40th

14yrs, 4’6”; fresh complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes; enlisted 16.8.1859, Melbourne Victoria; born Melbourne Victoria; deserted at Melbourne on 15.11.1859.

ANGLIM ANGLAM, William

40th

15yrs, 4’10”; sallow complexion, brown hair, grey eyes; labourer; deserted at Melbourne on 13.12.1860.

ARGYLE, John

Pte 425 14th

29.3yrs, 5’5”; fresh complexion, light brown hair, grey eyes; labourer; born Leicester; deserted at South Australia on 31.8.1869.

ARMSTRONG, Thomas

18th

31yrs, 5’5”; fresh complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes; labourer; born Northern Ireland; deserted at Melbourne on 16.8.1870.

ASHBEY, William

Pte 80th

24yrs 2mo, 5’5 1/2”, fresh complexion, light brown hair, grey eyes; deserted 4 Nov 1842,Longbottom Stockade; enlisted 7 Dec 1839; labourer. Has slight speech impediment.

ASHCROFT, Charles

Pte 141, 12th

31.4yrs, 5’4”; fresh complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes; enlisted 26.11.1858, Manchester; labourer; born Salford Lancashire; deserted at Sydney on 27.3.1862.

ASHTON, William

Pte 260, 50th

29.4yrs, 5’5”; fresh complexion, dark brown hair, grey eyes; enlisted 9.12.1857, Bolton; labourer; born Bolton Lancashire; deserted at Sydney on 12.11.1867.

ASKEW, Charles

Pte 2467 99th

25yrs, 5’8”, sallow complexion, dark brown hair, blue eyes; shoemaker; born York; deserted at Melbourne on 1.2.1855. Remarks - scar under right eye.

ASTON, Samuel

Pte 80th

23yrs, 5’5 3/4”, fresh complexion, brown hair, blue eyes; deserted 28 Aug 1843, Melbourne; enlisted 1 Aug 1839,Armagh; bapt.Armagh; labourer. Scar under left side of chin.

ATKINS, Isaac

14th

32yrs, 5’5”; fresh complexion, brown hair, black eyes; file smith; born Derbyshire; deserted at Melbourne on 18.12.1868. Remarks - arrested Kilmore c.6.1.1869.

ATKINSON, William

Pte 40th

25.1yrs, 5’5”, fresh complexion, light brown hair, blue eyes; enlisted 5.5.1858 Melbourne, labourer; born Kildale York; deserted at Melbourne on 18.6.1858.

AUSTEN, Frederick

Pte 2949 12th

21.8yrs, 5’6”, fresh complexion, dark brown hair, grey eyes; labourer; born Suffolk; deserted at Ballarat on 16.1.1855.

AVERY, Charles

Pte 3038 12th

21yrs, 5’6”, fresh complexion, brown hair, grey eyes; bandsman; born England; deserted at Melbourne on 28.4.1855.

AVERY, Charles

Pte 3038 12th

21yrs, 5’6”, fresh complexion, brown hair, grey eyes; labourer; born Tenterton, Kent; deserted at Adelaide on 10.3.1856. Remarks - brand “D” under left arm.

AYLEBORY, George

Pte 40th

23yrs, 5’6”; fair complexion, light brown hair, grey eyes; deserted at Adelaide on 21.1.1860. Remarks - still at large August 1861.

AYTON, George

RA

26yrs, 5’8”; fresh complexion, brown hair, brown eyes; labourer; born Norfolk; deserted at Toorak on 29.4.1865. Remarks - surrendered Kilmore 10.5.1865.




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