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Sergeant John Marsland (1821...........)

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  • Born : November 1821 at Sale, Manchester, England,
  • Christened : on 6th January 1822, at Cheadle, Cheshire, England.
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  • Occupation : Soldier
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  • Rank on Discharge : Sergeant
  • Regimental # : 2297
  • Date of Enlistment : 25th October 1844, aged 21 years 11 months
  • Where Enlisted : Westminster, Middlesex
  • Date of Discharge : 18th December 1865
  • Where Discharged : Sydney on
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  • Parents Names : John Marsland. (b.........d.) and Mary Marsland. (b.........d.)
  • Spouse's Name : Agnes Farrell
  • Date Married : 4th September 1842
  • Where Married : Collis Parish Church, Manchester
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    ]John Marsland

    The census of 1841 shows that John (then 18) was employed as a servant at a hotel in Manchester. John met his wife Agnes at their place of employment. On 4th September 1842 John and Agnes Farrell were married at Collis Parish Church, Manchester. Shortly after they were married they moved to Hulme, Manchester, where John was employed as a police officer.
    On 25th October 1844, aged 21 years 11 months, John joined the 12th Suffolk Regiment At Westminster, Middlesex. In just over 21 years in the army, John Marsland was stationed at several barracks in England. Prior to coming to Australia in June in 1854 with his wife and family, John was stationed in the Mauritius for 2 years and 4 months. In Australia John was posted at the following places:
    Melbourne: 1854 and several other times (for short periods), to and from other places.
    Hobart: 1854 and 1857.
    Ballarat: 1854. (John was part of the company under Captain Thomas who helped quell the riot at the Ballarat goldfields.....Eureka ).
    Sandhurst: (Bendigo): 1854.
    Adelaide: end 1855 to end 1856, 1857 to mid 1858.
    Sailem Command (Tailem): beginning 1857.
    Goat Island (a gun powder magazine on an island at the mouth of the Parramatta River.): end 1858 to end 1861, and mid 1862 to 1863.
    Parramatta: for most of 1859.
    Victoria Barracks, Sydney: 1860, part of 1862 and 1863, and also 1854 to 1865.
    Lambing Flat (renamed Young in New South Wales in 1863): for most of 1861.
    Cockatoo (in Sydney): end of 1863.
    Many of these postings were guard duty. Such duty included keeping secure the powder magazine on Goat Island.. which is normal army practice. John accompanied by his wife Agnes and three sons arrived at Hobart Town on the 29th May 1854 aboard the “Gloucester”. On June 21st 1854 another son was born at Hobart. Three other children were also born in Australia.
    Of his children 4 remained in Australia, one son (John) joined his fathers regiment as a boy. War Office muster sheets show he was a “letter carrier” on 6th March 1861 and was a drummer by 1862. He served for a short time in New Zealand and returned to England in late 1866. By 1869 he was a Private and was finally discharged at Curragh on 31st March 1874 to the military reserve. His regimental number was 576, 1st Battalion, 12th Suffolk Regiment.
    A daughter (Agnes) born in Sydney returned to England with her parents. Another daughter died as an infant and is buried in the Randwick cemetery.
    1866. John was discharged at Sydney on 18th December 1865 due to ill health, but had to travel back to England where he was finally discharged on 7th August He had an exemplary servcice record, having one good conduct badge when promoted and a total of five good conduct badges on discharge. John was given the medal and gratuity for long service and good conduct.
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    Last revised: April 13, 2004.