Admitted -

District - East London

Ship - Berwick Castle

Pension - Chelsea Hospital Pension 9d. per day

Rank - Corporal

Unit - East India Company No. 102

Born - circa 1807

Abode - Onehunga and later Otahuhu

Parents -

Status - Married, probably with children

Wife - LUCY .....

Description - This man died too early for his description to be found at National Archives of New Zealand. Fencibles who died prior to 1863 were recorded in an early Pension Register which has been lost over the years.

** PERIN is the name used on correspondence relating to "Berwick Castle" men while PENN appears as the name on the nominal roll of men lately arrived per this ship who were seeking work, I.A.1. 1852/2888, National Archives of New Zealand. The following letter from the Public Record Office at Kew is reprinted courtesy Miss Colleen Palmer, of Mangapai.
WO 4/288 125592, 3/NZ/949, pages 280-281

Staff Officer 11 May 1852
East London (Immediate)


As it will probably be several months before an opportunity offers for sending pensioners to Australia in the capacity of Convict Guards, and as a vessel will shortly sail to New Zealand in which accommodation can be provided for a limited number of pensioners [probably three or four] to join the Local Battalion in that Colony. I am directed by the Secretary at War to request that you will immediately report whether any of the men named in the margin are desirous of proceeding to that Colony instead of Australia, on the Conditions referred to in the War Office Circular of 30th August 1851, and which you will communicate to them in order that they may be aware of the nature of the Service for which they engaged.

East India Company No. 520 Pension 6d DANIEL MURRAY

East India Company No. 167 Pension 9d JAMES FLOOD

East India Company No. 102 Pension 9d EDWARD PERIN

I have the honour to be etc

Signed Lieut-Colonel ALEXANDER M. TULLOCH

Died at Otahuhu 27th October 1855, EDWARD PENN, Corporal and Enrolled Pensioner, of congestion of the brain and spasms of the stomach, aged 48 years.
Informant - Lucy Penn, widow, Otahuhu. RG 1855/990