Drummer John Eagan (c.1839.........)

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  • Born : c.1839
  • Where Born : Athlone Ireland
  • Occupation : Soldier
  • Date Arrived : Empress Eugenie
  • Ship Arrived on :
  • Rank on Discharge : Drummer
  • Regimental # : . 3059
  • Date of Enlistment : 10th February 1852 aged 13
  • Where Enlisted : Ireland
  • Date of Discharge : Died in Service 8th September 1860
  • Where Discharged : Sydney NSW Australia
  • Died : 8th September 1860
  • Where Died / Buried : Victoria Barracks Paddington /Sydney NSW Australia interred in the Roman Catholic burial grounds.
  • Parents Names :
  • Spouse's Name : Never Married
  • History & Achievements :

    John Eagan died from a heart related condition on the 8th September 1860 at Victoria Barracks Paddington Sydney NSW Australia and was interred in the Roman Catholic burial grounds.
    John Eagan was the first military casualty at the Eureka gold fields Ballarat where he was shot in the leg by  a miner as a detachment of the 1st Battalion entered the gold fields on the evening of the 28th November 1854 after a forced march of two days from Melbourne.
    From his Death Certificate (NSW 1860 / 002463) and from the references in the Regiment's Pay Rolls and
    Musters (PRO3722 WO12/2980 pages 66 and 88), we now know that John was aged 21 years at the time of his death and that he was single. He was born in Athlone Ireland in 1839 and enlisted as a Boy in the Regiment on the 10th February 1852 aged 13. He was a Drummer with the 1st Battalion when it arrived in Melbourne Australia in October and November 1854.
    Promoted to Private shortly after the Eureka Rebellion he was re-appointed Drummer in July 1859.
    Between 1854 and 1860 John had been on Sick Report on several occasions and had also been confined to cells on a couple of occasions, most notably for the month of August in 1859. John was not sent to the Moari War in July 1860, probably because of his poor health.
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