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Marine Private John Batchelor (c.1740...1788)

John Batchelor enlisted in the Royal Marines as part of the 55th Portsmouth Company. He served as part
of the convict guard on board the ship "Sirius" prior to its departure from England. Richard sailed with the ship to Port Jackson and arrived as part of the First Fleet. John was amongst the first group to be sent to Norfolk Island on February 14th 1788 on board the ship "Supply" . He was caught steeling rum and received 36 lashes. On the 15th of June 1788 John Batchelor was drowned when the fishing vessel he was in was swamped. His body was recovered and was buried near the Norfolk Flag Staff
 
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