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Private Henry Belford (c.1822.......1897)

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  • Born : Circa 1822
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  • Occupation : Soldier
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  • Rank on Discharge : Private
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  • Regimental # :1330
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  • Last Regiment Served : 11th Regiment
  • Regiment Enlisted from : 99th Regiment
  • Date Enlisted Mounted Police : 1 August 1846
  • Rank Mounted Police : Mounted Trooper/ Gold Guard
  • Date Discharge Mounted Police: August 1852
  • Regiment Re-Joined : 99th Regiment
  • Date Discharged Army : 6 November 1852
  • Transfered : Sydney Police 7 November 1852
    Date Discharged Police : to 3 March 1856.
  • Comments Regarding Army Discharge : Joined 11th Regiment
  • Where Discharged : Sydney
  • Died : 7 August 1897 aged 75 years
  • Where Died / Buried : St Stephen's Church of England Cemetery in Penrith.
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  • Spouse's Name : Lydia Kelly.
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  • Date Married : 9 November 1846
  • Where Married : Scots Presbyterian Church in Sydney
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    Information supplied by Yvonne Stubbs

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    1 . Caroline Belford born on 12 February 1849 in Sydney
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    History & Achievements :
    NSW Police Historical Records show that Henry was recruited from the 99th Regiment on 1 August 1846.  Leaving the Regiment may have been prompted by his falling in love with an Irish immigrant girl, Lydia Kelly.
    Henry and Lydia were married on 9 November 1846 in the Scots Presbyterian Church in Sydney by James Fullerton, a Presbyterian Minister.  It appears from the certificate that Henry was a member of the congregation but that Lydia was not, although from her immigration record we do know that she was a Protestant.  The witnesses to their marriage were Patrick and Sarah Hannan.
    In a telephone interview the Historian from the NSW Police Public Relations unit informed me that there are two surviving records for Henry Belford.  In the first entry Henry is a Mounted Trooper serving places including Emu Plains, Bathurst and the Blue Mountains.   This record begins at his recruitment date of 1 Aug 1846 and finishes in 1848.  In the second entry Henry is a Sergeant in the Gold Police serving at Bathurst and the Western Districts.  He also served on the Southern Road Patrol between Goulburn and Sydney.  These records extend from 27 November 1852 to 3 March 1856.
    We know that between these two periods Henry was still in the police because when his daughter Caroline was born on 12 February 1849 in Sydney his occupation is recorded on her baptism certificate as "Policeman" (Reference #363 Vol: 50, 14 Mar 1849, NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages).   Henry could have transferred to the Sydney Police.  Until the Police Regulation Act of March 1863 this was a separate organization to the Mounted Police.  Perhaps it meant he would be around home more often than when travelling in the Mounted Police.  Caroline was christened in the same Presbyterian Church where her parents were married, by the same minister.  Their residence is listed as Sydney. Apart from Caroline, Henry and Lydia had five other children, four males and one female, but I have been unable to find any record of them.  The children were reported by Caroline on Henry's death certificate.
    After retiring from the police Henry became a farmer in Penrith.  They lived on the Richmond Road.  Henry died on  7 August 1897 aged 75 years of "dropsy and senile decay", at Richmond Road, Penrith. On his death certificate he is listed as "retired soldier".  He was buried on 10 August at St Stephen's Church of England Cemetery in Penrith.

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