- Historical records of the 40th (2nd Somersetshire) regiment by Smythies, Raymond Henry Raymond, Publication date 1894 retrieved through archive.org
Soldiers posted to Ballarat to quell the Eureka Rebellion 1854
In the first instance this list compiled from http://www.eurekapedia.org/Military#40th_Regiment
Muster roll covering December 1854 at mfm PRO 416-6580-Records of the War Office (as filmed by the AJCP)/Fonds WO/Series WO 12/Subseries (Pieces 2118-9899)/Subseries (Pieces 5336-39, 5363-5386)/File 5366. AJCP Reel No: 3777/40th Regiment: 2nd Somersetshire retrieved through https://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-1593342586/view
|regimental number||rank||first name||last name||references||notes|
|Sergeant||Thomas||Bass||Thomas Bass (abt.1831-1912)|
|3066||Private||Josiah||Bigsby||Name: Private Josiah Bigsby Enlistment Age: 23 Discharge Age: 32 Birth Date: abt 1829 Birth Place: St. Gregory, Suffolk Enlistment Year: 1852 Discharge Year: 1861 Regiment: 40th REGT. OF Foot Regimental Number: 3066|
|John||Broadhurst||John Edward Brodhurst (1830-1899)|
|3156||Private||George||Byford||Name: Private George Byford Enlistment Age: 18 Discharge Age: 30 Birth Date: 1830 Birth Place: Foxearth, Essex, England Enlistment Year: 1848 Discharge Year: 1860 Regiment: 40th REGT. OF Foot Regimental Number: 3156. gave evidence identifying a rebel|
|Martin||Cusack||Martin Cusack (1827-1912) died Ballarat 1912|
|Private||John||Donnelly||High treason trial witness|
|Sergeant||Daniel||Hagerty||High treason trial witness|
|3091||Private||Israel||Hales||Private Hales served in New Zealand during the Maori Wars of the early 1860s. He had left the army by 1869, receiving his discharge in New Zealand.  Name: Israel Hales
Birth Year: abt 1830 Birth Place: Suffolk Age at Attestation: 22 Attestation Date: 5 Jun 1852 Attestation Place: Sudbury, Suffolk Regimental Number: 3091 Possible NZ death index 1913/3199 Hales Isreal [sic] 83Y. Israel Hales (40th) mentioned in the laying of a foundation stone for a Veterans' Home in Auckland NZ May 1903
|Sergeant||James||Harris||High treason trial witness|
|R.C.||Hutchings||Robert Charles Hutchings (abt.1829-1912)|
|Samuel||McKee||Samuel McKee (abt.1821-1897)|
|Private||Patrick||O'Keefe||High treason trial witness|
|Private||Patrick||Sinnott||High treason trial witness|
|Captain||John||Thomas||High treason trial witness|
|Private||Joseph||Wall||motally wounded, since dead|
|Captain||Henry C||Wise||dangerously wounded; subsequently died|
List of casualties incurred by the force under the command of Captain J. W. Thomas, 40th Regiment, in the attack on the rebel, camp at Eureka, on the 3rd December, 1854
- -40th Regiment.
- Private Michael Rooney, killed.
- Captain H. C. Wise, dangerously wounded.
- Private John Bryan, severely ditto
- Private Henry Cottes, slightly wounded.
- Private William Juniper, severely ditto.
- Private Bernard O'Donnell, severely ditto,
- Private Joseph Wall, mortally, since dead.
- Private Patrick Sullivan, slightly wounded.
By command, (Signed) E. MACARTHUR, D.A.G.
"A EUREKA VETERAN. HIS DEATH REPORTED: MELBOURNE, Saturday. The death, is reported of Ex-Sergeant Bass at the age of 82, who was a member of the Fortieth Regiment and was present at the Eureka riots".
Martin Cusack Martin Cusack (1827-1912)
MARTIN CUSACK. EUKEKA STOCKADE VETERAN'S DEATH. Martin Cusack, who was the last of the 40th Regiment that was engaged in 1854 in the fight with the early diggers at the Eureka Stockade, died in the Ballarat Benevolent Asylum recently. In the attack on the stockade in the early morning the 40th Regiment was assisted by two companies of the 12th Regiment, which was on service in Australia, while both bodies received the support of a number of naval men belonging to a British cruiser then lying in Hobson's Bay. Cusack, who was 85 years of age, was of opinion that the revolt was a great mistake, and was not justified. Cusack, in conversation with a re-presentative of the "Age", said:— "We of the 40th Regiment marched to Ballarat from Melbourne much against our will. The Ballarat diggers, we knew, were our own kith and kin, and we felt it would be a poor hour of day if we were ordered to fire at them. Many of us prayed during our march through the bush that the men of the Eureka would see that there could possibly be no hope for them in a battle with well-trained Imperial soldiers, such as the 12th and 40th Regiments. Their brush with us was a forlorn hope, and we all wished to avoid meeting them. We quietly agreed among ourselves that if we had to shoot we would fire high in order to frighten the diggers, who, as I have said, were our own kith and kin from England, Ireland, Scotland, and America. Just as we were marching on Ballarat, however, a thing occurred that greatly exasperated the soldiers. We were marching in fours near the Red Hill, when a digger (a colored man) stepped out of his tent, and picking up a quartz boulder, he threw it at our flank, killing our little drummer boy. When the poor little fellow collapsed, and rolled over his drum, we all swore we would revenge his death by showing no quarter in fair battle." The veteran, who enlisted in the 40th Regiment in Ireland in 1850, had been confined to his bed in the Benevolent Asylum for seventeen years..
- ↑ UK, Royal Hospital Chelsea Pensioner Soldier Service Records, 1760-1920 retrieved through ancestry.com (subscription $)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Sydney Morning Herald, 19 December 1854, page 5 http://www.eurekapedia.org/Felix_Boyle
- ↑ "...George Byford, private 40th, recognises Ferguson. Saw him inside the stockade. He had no arms. Saw him run from one tent to another...." BALLAARAT. (1854, December 11). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 5. Retrieved January 9, 2022, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4801610
- ↑ http://www.eurekapedia.org/Israel_Hales
- ↑ UK, Army Regimental Rolls of Non-commissioned Officers and Soldiers, 1806-1892 retrieved through ancestry.com (subscription$)
- ↑ https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/NZH19030526.2.84
- ↑ The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950), Mon 30 Dec 1912, Page 1. Retrieved June 26, 2021, from https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/79937836
- ↑ The Forbes Advocate (NSW : 1911 - 1954), Fri 1 Nov 1912, Page 11. Retrieved June 26, 2021, from https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/113856071
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