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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

RAND, Charles
Pte 1289 12th 
34.1yrs, 5'6", fresh complexion, light brown hair, grey eyes; malster; born Hadleigh, Suffolk; deserted at Ballarat on 19.2.1855. Remarks - tattoo on back of right hand.
RATCLIFFE, Abraham
Pte 3428 40th 
20.10yrs, 5'5", fresh complexion, light brown hair, grey eyes; enlisted 25.9.1854 Sudbury; born Hadleigh Suffolk; deserted at Melbourne on 10.7.1857. Remarks - brand "D" under left arm.
RATCLIFFE, Abraham
Pte 3428 40th 
19yrs, 5'5", fresh complexion, light brown hair, grey eyes; enlisted 25.9.1854, Sudbury; labourer; born Hadleigh, Suffolk; deserted at Melbourne on 7.4.1856.
RATTIGAN, William
40th
22yrs, 5'7", fresh complexion, brown hair, blue eyes; deserted at Melbourne on 5.10.1862.
RAWLINGS, Joseph
Pte 3279 40th 
20yrs, 5'5", fresh complexion, dark brown hair, hazel eyes; enlisted 4.11.1854, Taunton; labourer; born Taunton, Somerset; deserted at Geelong on 17.10.1856.
RAYNARD, James
Pte 3148 40th 
22.2yrs, 5'8", fresh complexion, dark brown hair, hazel eyes; enlisted 28.9.1852 Sudbury, labourer; born Kersey Suffolk; deserted at Melbourne on 16.2.1857.
REED, Robert
Pte 80th 
22yrs, 5'6", sallow complexion, light brown hair, grey eyes: deserted 9 Nov l843,Sydney;enltsted 17 Oct 1839,London; bapt. St James, Middlesex; servant.
REGAN, James
Pte 1341 12th 
36.10yrs, 5'9", fresh complexion, brown hair, grey eyes; born St. John's, Co Sligo; deserted at Adelaide on 2.1.1856. Remarks - small pox & scar on right cheek.
REGAN, John
Pte 3101 40th 
24.9yrs, 5'7", fresh complexion, dark brown hair, grey eyes; enlisted 24.6.1852 Cork, labourer; born Cork; deserted at Melbourne on 4.4.1857.
REGAN, Michael
12th
 Deserted at Brisbane on 10.12.1864. Remarks - arrested c.l.6.1866.
REGAN, Patrick
Pte 3313 40th 
18yrs, 5'5", fair complexion, light brown hair, grey eyes; enlisted Waterford; labourer; born Dungarvan, Waterford; deserted at Melbourne on 24.11.1855.
REID, Douglas
RA
25yrs, 5'8", fresh complexion, brown hair, grey eyes; labourer; born Northern Ireland; deserted at Melbourne on 30.12.1863.
REID, Henry
18th 
29yrs, 5'7", sallow complexion, brown hair, grey eyes; labourer; born Londonderry Deserted at Melbourne on 17.8.1870.
REID, Robert
Pte 3215 12th 
21.10yrs, 5'6", fresh complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes; servant; born Tyrone; deserted at Ballarat on 21.1.1855.
REILLY see Michael RIELLY, Michael


REILLY, Peter
Pte 14th
29yrs, 5'6", fair complexion, sandy hair, grey eyes; Carpenter; deserted at Hobart on 23.2.1870.
REILLY, Peter
Pte 3141 12th
24.6yrs, 5'8", fair complexion, light brown hair, grey eyes; enlisted 22.12.52 Newry labourer; born Killand Cavan; deserted at Sydney on 28.5.1859.
REILLY, Peter
Pte 3141 12th
28.3yrs, 5'8", fair complexion, light brown hair, grey eyes; enlisted 22.12.52 Newry labourer; born Killand Carrickmacross Cavan; deserted at Sydney on 4.4.1863. Remarks - branded with "D" twice under left arm.
REILLY, Thomas
18th
28yrs, 5'9", fresh complexion, light brown hair, brown eyes; labourer; born Liverpool; deserted at Melbourne on 13.8.1870.
RENNY, William
Pte 2256 99th  40th 
32yrs, 5'5", fresh , sallow complexion, light brown hair, brown eyes; enlisted 21.1.47 Cork, labourer; born Hull York; deserted at Melbourne on 26.11.1857. Remarks - branded with "D" three times under left arm.
RENNY, William
Pte 2256 40th  99th 
31yrs, 5'5", sallow complexion, light brown hair, brown eyes; enlisted 21.1.1847, Cork; labourer; born Hull, York; deserted at Melbourne on 18.12.1856.
RENNY, William
Pte 2256 99th 
29yrs, 5'8", sallow complexion, light brown hair, brown eyes; enlisted 21.1.1847, Cork; labourer; born Hull, York; deserted at Melbourne on 1.2.1855.
REYNOLDS, Roger
Pte 3631 40th
27yrs, 5'10", fair complexion, light brown hair, grey eyes; enlisted 14.12.1854 Cork Baker; born St. Nicholas Cork; deserted at Melbourne on 26.12.1859. Remarks - branded with "D" twice under left arm.
REYNOLDS, Roger
Pte 3631 40th 
23yrs, 5'10", fair complexion, light brown hair, grey eyes; enlisted 14.12.1854, Cork, baker; born St. Nicholas, Cork; deserted at Melbourne on 14.7.1856.
REYNOLDS, Samuel
Pte 3183 12th
26.3yrs, 5'7", fair complexion, , fair hair, grey eyes; enlisted 2.3.1853 Hillsborough labourer; born Dromore; deserted at Sydney on 3.7.1862.
REYNOLDS, Thomas
Pte 11th 
23 years; deserted 6 Oct 1848 from Adelaide; enlisted 7 Mar 1844, Kilkenny.
RICHARDS, James
Pte 11th 
21yrs, 5'6", fresh complexion, dark brown hair, hazel eyes; deserted 20 Jan 1846, Port Phillip. Enlisted 16 Nov 1842; bapt. Birmingham; brickmaker.
RICHARDSON, James
18th 
26yrs, 5'5", fresh complexion, sandy hair, blue eyes; labourer; born Down Deserted at Melbourne on 14.8.1870. Remarks - brand "D" under left arm.
RICHARDSON, John
Pte 99th 
23yrs, 5'7",sallow complexion, dark brown hair, grey eyes; deserted 20 Dec 1845,Sydney; enlisted 25 Apr 1845,Rochester,Dumfries;gardener
RICHARDSON, William
Pte
(Lady Nugent 1835), shepherd and soldier, 38yrs, 5'l0 1/2", ruddy, pockpitted; brown hair, grey eyes, two scars on upper lip; lost a front upper tooth on left side; scar left jaw and back of fourth finger, left hand; WR inside lower right arm, wart on right thumb; of Glasgow. Absented from Ticket of Leave, Murrurundi, NSW, 8 Jan 1848.
RIDDELL, William
Pte 2571 99th 
24.5yrs, 5'6", fresh complexion, light brown hair, blue eyes; compositor (printer); born Stirling; deserted at Melbourne on 2.3.1855.
RIDE, George
Pte 2427 11th 
32.4yrs, 5'6", fresh complexion, brown hair, brown eyes; enlisted 26.6.1845, Liverpool; smith; born Derby; deserted at Sydney on 18.11.1856.
RIDER, John
Pte 12th 
20 years; deserted Hobart, 1857. Enlisted Plymouth; born Churchston, Devon.
RIDER, John
Pte 3420 l2th
25.4yrs, 5'6", sallow complexion, dark brown hair, hazel eyes; enlisted 9.1.1855 Totness labourer; born Churchslow Devon; deserted at Lambing Flat on 15.4.1862. Remarks - brand "D" under left arm.
RIDLEY, Robert
Pte 673 50th
23.9yrs, 5'10", fresh complexion, light hair, grey eyes; enlisted 16.5.1863 York labourer; born Gateshead Durham; deserted at Sydney on 3.3.1869.
RIELLY, Michael
14th
19yrs, 5'6"Clear complexion, light brown hair, grey eyes; Clerk; born Northern Ireland; deserted at Melbourne on 13.1.1870.
RIER, Michael
Pte 11th 
28 years 3mo, 5'7"; deserted 27 Feb 1853, Sydney. Enlisted 2 Nov 1844, Liverpool; born Liverpool; shoemaker. Third desertion; marked "D" thrice.
RILEY, Joseph
14th
39yrs, 5'4", fair complexion, light brown hair, grey eyes; Fireman; born Northern Ireland; deserted at Melbourne on 23.3.1869.
RIMMER, James
Pte 3046 11th 
20yrs, 5'6", fresh complexion, dark brown hair, blue eyes; enlisted 1.4.1852 Liverpool; born Southport Lancaster; labourer; deserted at Sydney on 15.10.1854.
ROACH, Martin
Pte 1932 99th 
20yrs 7mo, 5'10", dark brown hair, grey eyes; round shoulders, stout; from Douglas, Cork; shipwright. Deserted 15 Feb 1844 from Brisbane Town; wearing white shirt and trousers, regimental forage cap.
ROACH, Peter
Pte 2325 11th 
19yrs 10mo, 5'6", fresh complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes, deserted 15 Aug 1846, Melbourne; enlisted 3 Dec J844,Bristol; bapt. Hawkesbury. Gloucester; labourer.
ROBERTS, George
Pte
Absconded prisoner: (Mary Ann, 4), brickmaker and soldier, 36yrs, 5' 10 1/4", brown complexion, brown hair, dark hazel eyes, blue ring on middle finger of right hand; of Lancashire. Absconded from Mrs Gibson, Jinanna, near Goulburn, 5 Feb 1845.
ROBERTS, John
Pte 3433 12th 
21.6yrs, 5'10", fresh complexion, brown hair, grey eyes; enlisted 4.5.1855 Devonport, labourer; born St. Peter's Warwick; deserted at Sydney on 10.11.1858.
ROBERTS, Samuel
Pte 11th 
26 years 3mo, 5'7", fresh complexion, brown hair, grey eyes; deserted 16 Feb 1852, Sydney. Enlisted 27 Nov 1844, Chatham; born Tunbridge Wells; collier.
ROBERTSON, Hugh
Pte 2846 11th 
22.10yrs, 5'7", fair complexion, light brown hair, grey eyes; enlisted 1.2.1851, Edinburgh; labourer; born Girvan, Aye; deserted at Sydney on 9.12.1854.
ROBERTSON, John
Pte
26yrs, 6'1", fresh complexion, dark brown hair, grey eyes; Englishman Deserted on 12.7.1859.
ROBERTSON, John
Pte 207 40th
26yrs, 6'l", fresh complexion, dark brown hair, grey eyes; enlisted 25.10.1858 labourer; born Carlisle Cumberland; deserted at Melbourne on 29.7.1859.
ROBINSON alias THOMAS, William
Pte 3402 40th 
20yrs, 5'5", fresh complexion, brown hair, grey eyes; enlisted 20.7.1854 Limerick, labourer; born Scariff Co Clare; deserted at Sandhurst on 19.12.1856. Remarks - branded with "D" twice under left arm. See Victorian Police Gazette 29.9.1859, pg.379.
ROBINSON, Isaac (Joseph)
40th
21.6yrs, 5'6", fresh complexion, light hair, grey eyes; labourer; born Northern Ireland; deserted at Melbourne on 17.10.1861. Remarks - arrested Emerald Hill c.18.12.186l.
ROBINSON, John
18th
30.6yrs, 5'7", fresh complexion, brown hair, blue eyes; labourer; deserted at Melbourne on 18.8.1870.
ROBINSON, Thomas
14th
25yrs, 5'3", fresh complexion, brown hair, grey eyes; labourer; born Tipperary; deserted at Melbourne on 10.11.1867.
ROBINSON, Thomas
14th
26.6yrs, 5'7"dark complexion, Black hair, grey eyes; born Tipperary; deserted at Melbourne on 15.4.1869. Remarks - brand "D" under left arm.
ROBINSON, Thomas
Pte 40th
22yrs, 5'6", fresh complexion, brown hair, blue eyes; enlisted 23.12.1859 labourer; born Greatham Durham; deserted at Melbourne on 19.3.1860.
ROBINSON, W.
18th
27yrs, 5'7", fresh complexion, brown hair, grey eyes; labourer; deserted at Melbourne on 17.8.1870. Remarks - very near sighted.
ROBSHAW, John
Sgt 40th 
38yrs, 5'7", fresh complexion, dark brown hair, grey eyes; enlisted 1842, Liverpool; druggist; born Oldham, Lancashire; deserted at Melbourne on 9.10.1856.
ROCHESTER, George
Pte 2566 77th 
24.3yrs, 5'5", fresh complexion, brown hair, grey eyes; enlisted 8.6.1852 Westminster, labourer; born Edmonton Middlesex; deserted at Sydney on 31.10. 1858.
RODGERS, Robert
Pte 11th 
27yrs, 5'9", dark; light brown hair, grey eyes; deserted 7 Jan 1846, Port Phillip. Enlisted 23 Sept 1840,Dublin; bapt.St Martin's,York; engine smith.
RODGERS, William
Pte 2298 12th 
20yrs, 5'7", sallow complexion, light brown hair, hazel eyes; enlisted Taunton; labourer; born Somerset; deserted at Melbourne on 11.9.1855.
ROGAN, James
Pte 2926 40th 
21yrs, 5'5", sallow complexion, dark brown hair, grey eyes; labourer; born Ireland; deserted at Melbourne on 18.5.1855.
ROGERS, Terence
Cpl 2801 77th 
22.6yrs, 5'6", fresh complexion, brown hair, grey eyes; enlisted 4.6.1853 Glasgow, labourer; born Portobello Edinburgh; deserted at Sydney on 17.4.1858.
ROLFE, Charles
Pte 2649 65th 
21yrs 2mo, 5'6 1/4", fresh complexion, brown hair, grey eyes; deserted 29 July 1840, Wellington; enlisted 5 Sept 1847,Chatham; bapt. Ilesworth, Middlesex; marked D; shoemaker. Red shell jacket, Oxford mixture trousers. Second desertion
RONAN, John;
Pte 2401 99th 
24yrs, 5'8", fresh complexion, light brown hair, grey eyes; labourer, born, born Cork; deserted at Melbourne on 8.12.1853. Remarks - slight speech impediment.
ROOFE, John
Pte 11th 
21 years 8mo, 5'7 1/2", fresh complexion, dark brown hair, grey eyes; deserted 25 Feb 1852, Sydney. Enlisted 23 June 1848, Chatham; born St Martin's, London; labourer.
ROSE, Samuel
Pte 814 50th
23.10yrs, 5'8", fresh complexion, brown hair, dark eyes; enlisted 3.7.1863 Sturminster labourer; born Sturminster Dorset; deserted at Adelaide on 11.11.1868. Remarks - supposed to be in plain clothes; gone to Barossa South Australia.
ROSS, William
Pte 3505 12th 
22yrs, 5'7", fair complexion, brown hair, grey eyes; enlisted labourer; born Edinburgh Scotland; deserted at Adelaide on 10.12.1857. Remarks - brand "D" under left arm.
ROSS, William
Pte 3505 12th
24.1yrs, 5'6", fair complexion, brown hair, grey eyes; enlisted 26.1.1856 Plymouth labourer; born Edinburgh; deserted at Sydney on 23.2.1859. Remarks - branded with "D" three times under left arm.
ROSSER, John
Pte 2041, 11th 
35 years, 5'5 3/8"; deserted 6 Aug 1853, Sydney. Enlisted 18 Aug 1841, London; born Cardiff, Wales. Former trade, tailor. Pockmarked, 'he speaks quick and has a peculiar accent. Very stout, eyes rather small'.
ROUSELL, John
Pte 40th
21yrs, 5'5", fresh complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes; labourer; born Somerset; deserted at Melbourne on 29.4.1861.
ROWE, James
Gnr, 1025 RA
27yrs, 6', fresh complexion, sandy hair, grey eyes; enlisted 15.11.1860 Parkhurst brass founder; born St. Paul's Dublin; deserted at Sydney on 13.10.1868.
ROWE, James
Gnr, 2058 RA
29.3yrs, 5'9", fresh complexion, sandy hair, grey eyes; enlisted 15.11.1860 Newport Isle of Wight brass founder; born Dublin; deserted at Sydney on 8.8.1870. Remarks - brand "D" under left arm.
ROWE, James
RA
22yrs, 5'9", fresh complexion, sandy hair, grey eyes; brass founder; born Dublin; deserted at Melbourne on 6.6.1862.
ROWLAN, John
Pte 2141 99th :
21yrs 3mo, 5'9", fresh complexion, fair hair, grey eyes; deserted 25 Oct 1847, Sydney; enlisted 1 July 1844, Waterford ; bapt. Galmony, Kilkenny; labourer. Wore regimental shell jacket, white trowsers; a smart looking soldier and is supposed to be in company with a female.
ROWLAND, Spencer
Pte 2961 12th 
20.6yrs, 5'8", fresh complexion, brown hair, grey eyes; born Suffolk; labourer; deserted at Sandhurst on 10.10.1854.
ROWLEY, William
Pte 12th 
dark complexion, brown hair, grey eyes; born 1827 Stafford tried at; deserted at Melbourne on 8.11.1854. see Victorian Police Gazette 15.10.57, pg.366.
ROWSELL, James
40th
23yrs, 5'5"Florid complexion, light brown hair; born Somerset; deserted at Melbourne on 31.8.1863.
ROWSELL, James
40th 
23yrs, 5'5", fresh complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes; labourer; born Bristol Deserted at Melbourne on 21.9.1862. Remarks - brand "D" under left arm. Note - arrested Campbell's Creek c.29.10.1862.
ROWSELL, William
40th
24yrs, 5'6", fair complexion, dark brown hair, dark brown eyes; Cordwainer; born Somerset; deserted at Melbourne on 12.1.1863.
RUNION, J.
Pte 18th
30.3yrs, 5'8", swarthy complexion, dark brown hair, grey eyes; enlisted 11.5.1858 Enniskillen labourer; born Screeny Fermanagh; deserted at Adelaide on 16.8.1870
RUSH, Frederick
Pte 3021 12th 
19.10yrs, 5'9", fair complexion, light brown hair, blue eyes; born Bedford; sawyer; deserted at Melbourne on 30.10.1854.
RUSSELL, James
Pte 11th 
21yrs, 5 '6", sallow complexion, brown hair ,brown eyes; deserted 14 Jan 1846. Enlisted 17 Jan 1842. Lisburn; bapt. Drumbon, Down; weaver.
RUSSELL, Peter
Pte 40th 
21yrs, 5'6", fresh complexion, brown hair, grey eyes; labourer; born Co. Louth Ireland Deserted at Melbourne on 13.3.1861.
RYAN, Daniel
Pte 4541 50th
30.1yrs, 5'6", fresh complexion, dark brown hair, blue eyes; enlisted 3.9.1855 Buttevant labourer; born Gemmille Kerry; deserted at Sydney on 6.4.1867.
RYAN, Daniel
Pte 4541 50th
31.11yrs, 5'6", fresh complexion, dark brown hair, blue eyes; enlisted 3.9.1855 Buttevant labourer; born Grenville Co. Kerry; deserted at Sydney on 18.2.1869.
RYAN, Denis
14th
25.6yrs, 5'8", fresh complexion, dark brown hair, brown eyes; Shoemaker; born Kerry Deserted on 17.5. 1867.
RYAN, Edmond
Pte 3288 40th 
21yrs, 5'9", fresh complexion, dark brown hair, brown eyes; enlisted 27.2.1854 Waterford, labourer; born Mooncoyn Kilkenny; deserted at Melbourne on 21 .2.1857.
RYAN, James
Pte 3362 40th 
18yrs, 5'5", fresh complexion, light brown hair, grey eyes; enlisted Limerick; labourer; born Limerick; deserted at Melbourne on 21.11.1855.
RYAN, James
Pte 870 50th
22yrs, 5'6", fresh complexion, brown hair, brown eyes; enlisted 13.2.1864 Carlow labourer; born Donamaggon Kilkenny; deserted at Adelaide on 1.1.1868.
RYAN, John
Pte 429 12th
23.3yrs, 5'9", fresh complexion, dark brown hair, grey eyes; enlisted 10.2.1860 Gravesend labourer; born Sutton Wexford; deserted at Sydney on 21.10.1862.
RYAN, Michael
Pte 872 50th
24.9yrs, 5'7", fresh complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes; enlisted 10.3.1864 Fareham labourer; born Thurles Tipperary; deserted at Sydney on 5.12.1866. Remarks - small pox marks.
RYAN, Patrick
14th
27yrs, 5'8", sallow complexion, brown hair, brown eyes; labourer; born Queen's Co.; deserted at Melbourne on 4.4.1869.
RYAN, Patrick
Pte 3036 11th 
21.3yrs, 5'7", fresh complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes; enlisted 9.3.1852, Liverpool; labourer; born Terryglass, Tipperary; deserted at Sydney on 11.6.1855. Remarks - scar on left cheek, nose bent to right.
RYAN, William
Cpl 3070 40th 
24.10yrs, 5'8", fresh complexion, light hair, blue eyes; enlisted 27.4.1852 Templemore, labourer; born Thurles Tipperary; deserted at Melbourne on 26.2.1858.
RYAN, William

Apprehended Ballarat 24.9.1860;deserted again 29.10.1860.




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