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James Birch (c.1832........)

 

Back to . . . 12th Foot East Suffolk Regiment

  • Born : circa 1832
  • Where Born : Tyrone
  • Occupation : Soldier
  • Date Arrived : 16th October. 1854 Melbourne
  • Ship Arrived on : Camperdown
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  • Date of Discharge : 1862
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  • Died : 1891
  • Where Died / Buried : Sydney / Waverley cemetery.
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  • Spouse's Name : Mary Ann
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    Information was supplied by Bill Birch, ......... e-mail bbirch@museum.vic.gov.au
     
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    History & Achievements :
    James and John were twin brothers. Both arrived in Melbourne in 1854, disembarking on 16th October.
    James was married with a young son at the time. John was in a detachment of the 12th that was sent to Ballarat to assist in maintaining order on the goldfields. He may have been present at the Eureka Rebellion and deserted the regiment in Ballarat in January 1855. James stayed in Melbourne during this period (his son died in December) and was demoted from Corporal to Private in February 1855 (possibly in connection with his brother's desertion). James stayed with the regiment until about 1862, became a NSW policeman for a year or two, then spent the rest of his working life as a teacher, rising to be an Inspector of Schools. He died in Sydney in 1891 and is buried in the Waverley cemetery. He and his wife Mary Ann had 13 children, most of whom died young. One son, Richard John, born in 1874, was my great grandfather
     
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    bmchapman@iprimus.com.au
    Copyright B & M Chapman (QLD) Australia
    Last revised: May 06, 2007.