Four line infantry regiments with the numeral 96 were raised and disbanded between 1761 and 1818. A fifth 96th was raised in February 1824 at Salford Barracks, Manchester. It was later allowed to carry the battle honours awarded its predecessor – Peninsular, Egypt and the Sphinx.
Over the next decade, the regiment spent eight years in Halifax, Nova Scotia and two in the West Indies. It then garrisoned in Britain until 1839, when it was tasked with guarding its first of many convict ships bound for Australia. Some of these are profiled on this website’s Ships page.
During the regiment’s time in Australia, the 96th served in Windsor, Sydney and Parramatta, New South Wales; Hobart and Launceston, Van Diemen’s Land; and Adelaide, South Australia. In VDL many of the troops were garrisoned at Port Arthur, the major convict prison. The Anecdotes page of this website will take you to a story of the ‘Military Outrage’ in Launceston in May 1845.
The 96th sent a detachment to New Zealand in 1844 where it remained during the New Zealand Wars until the end of 1846. Again, the Anecdote page will write of the regiment’s missing medal roll.
In February 1847, 111 officers and men arrived in Western Australia on Java from Hobart; a further two arrived on John Bagshaw in January 1849. Thirty seven of the Java men took their discharge and settled in Western Australia; one of them was this man featured on the right. Four of the men transferred to a detachment of the 99th Regiment to receive their final pay.
The 96th in Australia left for India in two waves. In February 1849 General Hewitt left Launceston and then in April the balance left Hobart on Ratcliffe, picking up the 96th detachment from Western Australia on its way to Calcutta.
|NAME Crispin George ATKINSON||Name variations: George Crispin|
|Birth Date and Place||c.1812 [deduced].|
|Baptism Date and Place|
|Marriage Date and Place|
|Land Acquisition in WA|
|Death Date and Place||NOT 5 Jul 1895 Mt Eliza Depot, Perth, Western Australia [WABDM Reg.1032]. This man is Convict #197 arr. 1851 Mermaid.|
|Burial Date and Place||NOT 6 Jul 1895 East Perth Cemetery, Western Australia [EPCEM]. This man is Convict #197 arr. 1851 Mermaid.|
|Death, Funeral, Obituary Notices|
|Will and Probate||None.|
|Regiment||96th Regiment of Foot.|
|Soldier No. and Rank||#681 Private.|
|Attestation Date and Place||1831 [deduced].|
|Arrival Van Diemen’s Land: Ship and Date||Lord Lyndoch.|
Dep. 11 Sep 1840 Plymouth. Arr. 05 Feb 1841 Hobart [WO12-9612-299 & DPS].
|Arrival Western Australia: Ship and Date||Java 14 Feb 1847 from Hobart, embarked 27 Jan 1847 [WO12-9620-334].|
|Military Postings within Western Australia||Kojonup 14 Feb 1847 to 30 Nov 1847. Perth HQ Dec 1847 [WO12-9620 & 9622].|
Kojonup 1 Apr 1848 to 31 Dec 1848.
Albany 1 to 31 Jan 1849.
Perth HQ 1 Feb to 27 Apr 1849 [deduced as WO12-9624 Musters & Pay Lists not extant in WA].
The detachment left for Calcutta on 18 May 1849 with the regiment [TROVE].
|Courts Martial in Western Australia||None.|
|Discharge Date and Place|
14 May 1849 Perth, Western Australia – Conditional,
|Age at Discharge||36 years 6 months [WO28-266-102].|
|Length of Service||18 years 98 days [WO28-266-102].|