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Private John Hines (1799......1881)


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  • Born : Circa 1799
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  • Occupation : Soldier
  • Date Arrived : 1828
  • Ship Arrived on : "Melville"
  • Rank attained : Private
  • Date of Enlistment : July 1815
  • Where Enlisted : Somerset
  • Transfered :21st Regiment    1st .November .1833
  • Transfered :51st Regiment    1st . April 1838
  • Date of Discharge :-28th February 1842
  • Where Discharged : Hobart
  • Died : 17 July 1881 aged 82 years.
  • Where Died / Buried : Hobart
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    This information Kindley supplied by Gary S Benson Garry's Email address

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    Children :
    1 . Eliza Wentworth HINES (b.........d.)
    History & Achievements :
      My 4th great grand father, John HINES, served with the 63rd and
    stayed on in Hobart where he was eventually pensioned out and died.  Interestingly, he named his first born Eliza Wentworth HINES after D'Arcy WENTWORH.  I have pasted below my notes on him, which is basically all I know about him.  Just thought you may be interested.   According to John's enlistment record, at the age of 16 years he was 5'3" tall with fair complexion, brown hair and grey eyes.
    At the age of 16 he enlisted in the 63rd (West Suffolk) Regiment of Foot at Taunton in the county of
    Somerset in July 1815. He served abroad, was wounded in action and distinguished himself.
    The following is a break-down of his service record:
    REGT RANK STATION      FROM        TO     
    63rd Private England      ....18/07/1815-17/07/1817
    63rd Private                   ......18/07/1817-25/05/1818  
    63rd Private W.Indies     ....26/05/1818-02/07/1819
    63rd Private                   ......03/07/1819-24/05/1825
    63rd Corporal                 .....25/05/1825-03/01/1828
    63rd Private V.D.Land     ...04/01/1828-31/10/1833
    21st Private V.D.Land     ....01/11/1833-31/03/1838
    51st Private V.D.Land     ...01/04/1838-28/02/1842
    During his service in the West Indies with the 63rd Regiment, John was wounded in action against the
    French. During the latter part of 1827 his regiment was transferred to Van Diemen's Land aboard the ship "Melville" which probably arrived in Hobart Town in 1828 under the command of Major D'Arcy Wentworth.
    During the outward voyage John held the rank of Corporal and was in charge of the Regiment's baggage.
    For some unknown reason, he was demoted from Corporal to Private on 3 January 1828.
    By his own request, John transferred from the 63rd Regiment of Foot to the 21st Regiment of Foot in 1833
    where he served for 4 years, 151 days. When the 21st Regiment was recalled to England in 1838 John wanted to remain in Hobart with his wife and children so he transferred to the 51st Regiment on 1 April 1838 at the age of 38 years, 8 months. He remained in his new regiment for 3 years, 334 days.
    At the age of 44 years and 7 months he was pensioned out of the 51st Regiment on the grounds of ill health.
    He had served in Hobart for a total of 13 years, 140 days.
    Before he could be pensioned out of the service, John went before a Military Board comprising the
    regimental surgeon and senior officers. Their task was to examine his years of service and assess his physical condition. They reported as follows:
    Details of a Special Report of: Private John Hines ...of the 51st Regiment, invalided to settle in Van
    Diemen's Land as from the end of February, 1838. Age: 44 years 7 months. Appearance: Hair: Brown; Complexion: Fair; Eyes: Grey; Height:5 feet seven and a half inches; Service 26 years 7 months.
    He is suffering from Chronic Rheumatism attributed to his long service. His condition has not been
    aggravated by vice or misconduct. Has not been treated in hospital but has not been doing military services for several years having been in the public employ.
    Private John Hines had been personally examined by the surgeon who reported: this is a case of disease or
    disability contracted in the service without being attributable to design, vice or misconduct. Character: Has been good. Discharged on the character reported by the Regimental Board. Pension Awarded.
    Proceedings of a Regimental Board held in conformity to the articles of War for the purpose of verifying
    and recording the services, conduct, character and cause of discharge of No.1243 63rd Regiment, 21st Regiment, ....John Hines, Private in the 51st Regiment of Foot, Hobart Town .... 14th February 1842. Officers in charge: Major Mainwaring and Lieutenants A.T. Rice and E. Isham.
    As a private citizen John and his wife lived in Upper Goulburn Street, Hobart and it is unknown whether
    John worked after receiving his pension. He died in Hobart on 17 July 1881 aged 82 years.
     (1) Australian Vital Record Series 1788 - 1905 Discs 1 to 4 (2)
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