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Private Thomas Harrold (.1795......1847)

 

Back To . . .50th Foot West Kent Queen's Own Regiment.
  • Born :  1795
  • Where Born : Parish of Bally Kelly, County of Londonderry, Ireland
  • Occupation : Servant
  • Regimental Number :98
  • Date Arrived :  08 July 1834
  • Ship Arrived on :“Susan”
  • Rank on Discharge : Private
  • Date of Enlistment 10 March 1817
  • Where Enlisted Londonderry, Ireland
  • Date of Discharge 28 February 1838
  • Where Discharged Sydney, New South Wales
  • Died : 06 February 1847 - aged 51 years,
    Where Died / Buried : Sydney Burial Ground in Devonshire Street Sydney . Reinterred at Bunnerong
    [Botany] Cemetery
  • Parents Names :
  • Spouse's Name : Sarah,
  • Date Married : Abt. 1827
  • Where Married : Unknown, possibly Bolton, Lancashire
  • Born : Circa 1795
  • Where Born :
  • Occupation :
  • Date Arrived : 08 July 1834
  • Ship Arrived on : “Susan”
  • Died : 02 May 1848, at Chippendale, Sydney. Sydney Burial Ground in Devonshire Street Sydney . Reinterred at Bunnerong [Botany] Cemetery
  • Where Died / Buried : 02 May 1848, at Chippendale, Sydney.
  • Descendants
    Information supplied Don Wotton dwotton@optusnet.com.au

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       -Area Settled :

    Sydney

      Children :

     
    1 . Thomas Harrold [jr] was christened on
    19 October 1828 at St Peters Parish Church, Churchgate, Bolton-le-Moors; Lancashire, England. No further records exist of Thomas Harrold jr and it is probable that he died in infancy.
    2 . Rachel Harrold, born 08 March 1830 was christened on 21 March 1830 at St Peters Parish Church, Churchgate, Bolton-le-Moors;
    Lancashire, England.
    It is most likely that his wife, Sarah, and daughter, Rachel, emigrated aboard the convict ship “Susan”.

    3 . A Louisa Harrold is recorded as having been buried on 01 December 1833. It is possible that Louisa was born and baptised at sea en-route to Australia. Louisa's address at time of death is recorded as Castlereagh Street, Sydney, NSW. The date of her birth and death closely coincide with the arrival of Thomas Harrold and his family in New South Wales. While it has not been conclusively proven that Louisa was a daughter of Thomas and Sarah Harrold, in all probability this would appear the case. Louisa, aged 3 months, was buried in the Parish of St. James, County of Cumberland, NSW, following a ceremony was performed by Richard Hill, Church of England. Louisa's mother's occupation is stated as being a servant.
     [Ref: NSW BDM Baptisms No 907 Vol: 19]

    4 . Mary Ann Harold [sic] was born to Thomas Harold on 08 August 1835. Mary Ann Harold was baptised in the Parish of Windsor in the County of Cumberland by Henry T. Stiles, Church of England on 23 August 1835.

     History & Achievements :

    Thomas Harrold was born in 1795 in Bally Kelly [Ballykelly], on the coast of Lough Foyle, near Derry [Londonderry] in the County of Londonderry, Ireland. Thomas was working as a servant when he enlisted in the army on the 10 March 1817, aged 22 years. His physical description is given as being of dark complexion, black hair, black eyes, and five feet eight inches tall. After an initial period of training he served 8 years in Jamaica, West Indies, between 08 March 1819 and 21 March 1827. Unfortunately he contracted malaria while serving in Jamaica and it was because of continuing bouts of fever and severe rheumatism exacerbated by the malaria that he was ultimately pensioned from the army on 28 February 1838. Thomas Harrold was born in 1795 in Bally Kelly [Ballykelly], on the coast of Lough Foyle, near Derry [Londonderry] in the County of Londonderry, Ireland. Thomas was working as a servant when he enlisted in the army on the 10 March 1817, aged 22 years. His physical description is given as being of dark complexion, black hair, black eyes, and five feet eight inches tall. After an initial period of training he served 8 years in Jamaica, West Indies, between 08 March 1819 and 21 March 1827. After a further 7 years service in England, Thomas Harrold travelled with his regiment to New South Wales in 1834 aboard the convict ship “Susan”. Unfortunately he contracted malaria while serving in Jamaica and it was because of continuing bouts of fever and severe rheumatism that he was ultimately pensioned from the army on 28 February 1838.

    On leaving the regiment Thomas Harrold settled in Sydney and joined the NSW Police Constabulary. Thomas, a resident of Pitt Street, died in 1847 and was buried in the Sydney Burial Ground in Devonshire Street. His remains were exhumed in the course of the construction of the Devonshire Street Tunnel / Central Railway Station in 1901 and re-interred at Bunnerong [Botany] Cemetery. No record of the gravesite remains. Details of the inscription of his headstone are however recorded in the book Sydney Burial Ground 1819 - 1901.

     Thomas Harrold's parents are unknown.

    Thomas Harrold was appointed to the NSW Police Constabulary in Sydney on 15 May 1843. His salary was paid monthly and in May 1843 he earned 2 pounds, 19 shillings and six pence [2p/19s/6d]. This sum was increased to 5p/5s/0d in June 1843 and was commensurate with his salary for the months of September and November of that year. For the months of July, August, October and December of 1843 his salary was 5p/8s/6d per month. Thomas was admitted to the General Hospital, Sydney from 12 -22 August 1843. As there is no record of any deductions being made to Thomas, pay for the month of August, his hospitalisation may have resulted from a work related injury or a relapse of fever.

     Thomas, who formerly resided in Pitt Street, was buried at the Sydney Burial Ground, Elizabeth and Devonshire Streets, Sydney on 08 February 1847. W.H. Walsh, Church of England, performed the ceremony. Sarah, his wife, was also interred in the same plot on 03 May 1848 following her death on 02 May 1848, at Chippendale, Sydney. P.P Agnew, Church of England officiated at Sarah' s burial. The Sydney Burial Ground was closed in 1901 to make way for the construction of Central Railway Station. At this time the gravesites were cleared and the remains exhumed for re-interment at various other cemeteries in the metropolitan area. The remains of Thomas and Sarah Harrold were re-interred in the Church of England Section, 1N Nr [plot number] 53, Bunnerong Cemetery [now known as Botany Cemetery], Matraville. No physical evidence remains of the burial plot.

     

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