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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. Most have been recorded with their Regiment

O’BRIEN, alias; see Jeremiah CROWLEY, Thomas			
O’BRIEN, Daniel	Pte 3361 40th 	20.5yrs, 5’5”, fresh complexion, dark hair, grey eyes; enlisted 16.5.1854 Limerick, baker; born Clogheen Tipperary; deserted at Sandhurst on 1.2.1857. 5th finger right hand contracted.	
O’BRIEN, Jeremiah	18th	32yrs, 5’7”, fresh complexion; sandy hair; blue eyes; labourer; born Co. Clare deserted at Melbourne on 15.8.1870.	
O’BRIEN, Michael	Pte 2153 40th 	27yrs, 5’7”, fresh complexion, sandy hair, grey eyes; enlisted 12.8.1845, Cork; labourer; born St. John’s, Waterford; deserted at Melbourne on 8.7.1856. Remarks - branded with “D” twice under left arm.	
O’BRIEN, Patrick	Pte 11th 	32 years 3mo, 5’6 1/4”; deserted 25 Mar 1853, Sydney. Enlisted 27 Jan 1841, Liverpool; born Nenagh, Tipperary; labourer. Marked D.	
O’BRIEN, William	Pte 532 77th 	40.3yrs, 5’9”, fair complexion, brown hair, grey eyes; enlisted 31.10.31 Cork; born Cork; deserted at Sydney on 25.1.1858. Remarks - brand “D” under left arm.	
O’CALLAGHAN, Denis	Pte 724 l2th	23yrs, 5’11”, fresh complexion; sandy hair; blue eyes; enlisted 13.7.1860 Sydney NSW labourer; born Temple Bowden Fermoy Cork deserted at Lambing Flat on 4.5.1862.	
O’CALLAGHAN, James	14th 	35yrs, 5’9”, swarthy complexion; grey eyes; labourer; born Co. Tyrone deserted at Melbourne on 28.2.1867.	
O’CALLAGHAN, James	RA	34yrs, 5’8”, swarthy complexion; brown grey hair; grey eyes; labourer; born Northern Ireland deserted at Melbourne on 25.5.1866. Note - surrendered Gisborne c.7.6.1866.	
O’CALLINAN, Thomas	18th	35yrs, 5’7”, fair complexion; light brown hair; grey eyes; labourer; born Limerick deserted at Melbourne on 15. 8.1870.	
O’CONNOR, Godfrey	Gnr Dvr RA	23.11yrs, 5’9”, fresh complexion, dark brown hair, dark blue eyes; Student; born St. Marys, Co Dublin; deserted at Sydney on 19.12.1856. Remarks - small pox scars. Note - apprehended Berrima c.29.12.1856.	
O’CONNOR, Godfrey	Gnr RA	23.10yrs, 5’10”, fresh complexion, dark brown hair, blue eyes;; deserted at Sydney on 27.12.1857. small pox scars	
O’CONNOR, James	14th	26.6yrs, 5’5”, sallow complexion; dark brown hair; hazel eyes; Clerk; born Ireland deserted at Melbourne on 27.12.1866.	
O’DONALD, Denis	Pte 58th 	22yrs, 5’8”, fresh complexion, brown hair, grey eyes; deserted 13 Feb 1846 from Auckland, NZ; enlisted 2 Feb 1838,Dublin; bapt .St Peter’s, Dublin. Wore red shell jacket, regimental black trousers.	
O’DONNELL, James	Pte 801 50th	26yrs, 5’11”, fair complexion, dark brown hair; blue eyes; enlisted 19.1.1861 Stratham labourer; born Roses Co. Donegal deserted at Sydney on 11.10.1868.	
O’HANLAN, John	Pte 3027 12th 	22.1yrs, 5’7”, sallow complexion, dark brown hair; labourer; born Cork; deserted at Ballarat on 17.1.1855.	
O’HARE, Anthony	12th 	21yrs, 5’9”, sallow complexion, brown hair, blue eyes; enlisted Newry; labourer; born Glen, Down; deserted at Sandhurst on 15.9.1855.	
O’NEIL, John	50th	29yrs, 5’6”, fair complexion; light brown hair; light blue eyes; labourer; born Northern Ireland deserted at Adelaide on 25.3.1868. Remarks - scar under right breast.	
O’NEILL Daniel	Pte 3050 40th 	23yrs, 5’7”, fresh complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes; shoe maker; born Cork; deserted at Melbourne on 19.4.1856.	
O’NEILL, Andrew	Pte 11th 	19yrs 9mo, 5’6 1/8”, fresh complexion, black hair, hazel eyes; deserted 8 Aug 1846, Melbourne; enlisted 23 Oct l844,Dublin; bapt. Ennistman, Clare; tailor.	
O’NEILL, Patrick	Cpl 2935 77th 	24.3yrs, 5’7”, fresh complexion, dark brown hair, hazel eyes; enlisted 31.1.1852 Dublin, labourer; born Westland Row Dublin; deserted at Sydney on 17.4.1858.	
O’SHAUGHNESSY, Michael	14th	28yrs, 5’9”, fresh complexion; light brown hair; blue eyes; wool spinner; born Kilkenny deserted at Melbourne on 17.3.1869.	
OAKLEY, John	Pte 3058. 40th 	23.5yrs, 5’7”, fair complexion, light brown hair, grey eyes; enlisted 12.3.1852 Sudbury, labourer; born Glemsford Suffolk; deserted at Melbourne on 16.10.1857. Remarks - brand “D” under left arm.	
OAKLEY, John	Pte 3058 40th 	20yrs, 5’5”, fair complexion, light brown hair, grey eyes; enlisted 12.3.1852, Sudbury; labourer; born Glemsford, Suffolk; deserted at Sandhurst on 4.11.1855.	
OLLONGTON, John	40th	26yrs, 5’6”, sallow complexion; brown hair; grey eyes; labourer; born Brettenham Norfolk deserted at Adelaide on 17.12.1862.	
OSBURNE, James	Pte 3642 40th 	21.9yrs, 5’5”, fresh complexion, light brown hair, hazel eyes; enlisted 26.12.1854 Exeter, labourer; born Shrobrooke Devon; deserted at Castlemaine on 8.10.1857.	
OWENS, Henry	14th	27yrs, 5’5”, fresh complexion; Brown hair; blue eyes; labourer; born Liverpool deserted at Melbourne on 20.5.1867.	
OWNSWORTH, Thomas	Pte 11th 	26 years 11mo, 5’6 1/2”, fair, fair hair, grey eyes; deserted off pass 26 Dec 1851, Sydney. Enlisted 24 Aug 1844, Liverpool; born Wigan. Initials of name on left arm; labourer.	



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