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Marine Private Richard Askey ( Askew) ( Asque) (......1789)

 
Richard Askey enlisted in the Royal marines as part of the 55th Portsmouth Company 1st Royal Marines.
He served as part of the convict guard on board the ship "Alexander" prior to its departure from England. Richard sailed with the ship to Port Jackson and arrived as part of the First Fleet. During the voyage he was arrested and court martialled for the theft of grog. He was acquitted of this crime on 9th of June 1787.
Richard acted as a second to . Thomas Bullmore . in his fights with James Baker and was one of four
privates to receive 200 lashes following the death of Bullmore. On March th 27th 1789 . Richard and five other marines were executed. The execution was carried out for the persistent theft of Government stores. They mainly stole grog. Unfortunately Buried beside tree executed on Standard Practice ( Un Hollowed Ground)
It is not known whether any of his family settled or if he had any family in Australia.

Royal marine 55th Portsmouth Company, Alexander 26 January 1788. Part of a group of marines that were executed for persistent theft of Government stores, buried beside execution tree.

At 9 OClock in the Morning the Sentince past, on the Above Prisoners Was put In Exacution; In Consaquence of Jos Hunt Convicting the Six Afforesaid prisoners, he Was pardone,d (sic) Scott: (1)

(1) Scott, James. Remark on a passage Botnay [sic] bay 1787, Mitchell Library, Heritage Collection
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