Colour Sergeant John MALONE

John Malone was born on 4 June 1833 in Newport, Tipperary, he was the son of Peter Malone and Ellen Callinan.

John joined the Army and was a Corporal in the 50th Regiment, he was based at Fullwood barracks in Preston.  On 23 December 1852 he married Elizabeth Smalley a dressmaker    aged 22 at St John, Preston.  John’s father was a “pensioner” so probably had also been a soldier. Elizabeth’s father was Joseph Smalley.

By 1858 the couple are in Trincomalee, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) a daughter Ellen was born on 2 September 1857 and Alice was born there on 25 September 1859.   In May 1861 a son Alexander was born in Colombo but he died there on 7 Sept 1861.  His mother Elizabeth had sadly already died on 2 July 1861.

John then went to Australia where he married Elizabeth McKay on 19 August 1868 in Adelaide,  Elizabeth was the daughter of Hugh and Betty McKay.  By 1869 they were in England and  son Thomas James was born in Devonport. The family moved to Wrexham by 1871 and were living in Walnut Cottages,  Rhosddu.

John was a pensioner late 50th Regt. and on the permanent staff of Royal Denbigh Militia. His wife Elizabeth was 27 and had been born in Ireland. Alice and Thomas James were also there. It`s not sure where Ellen was but she married Stephen Fagg in 1874 in Queensland, Australia.

John`s army records show he had  spent 6 years in Ceylon on garrison duty, over  2 years in Malta, Turkey and the Crimea, and over  5 years in Australia.

On 20th May 1871 the  Wrexham Advertiser published an article about The Militia.

The Review And Inspection and John was mentioned.

Colour-Sergeant Malone, late of the 50th Regiment, has recently joined the Denbighshire Militia Staff, and last week a most elegant and valuable cup was presented to him by Major Leach, captain of his former company. The cup, which was accompanied by a congratulatory address, before the following inscription: Presented by Major Leach, 50th King’s Own, to Colour-Sergeant John Malone on his leaving the regiment, as a small token of regard. 28th February, 1871.” We may state that the recipient had been 22 years in the 50th Regiment, and has seen a good deal of active service, having served through the Crimean campaign, and was at the battles of Alma, Inkerman, and Sebastopool. He possesses the Crimean and Turkish medals, and a medal for the New Zealand campaign of 1863-4. He likewise wears a medal for long service and good conduct, and was greatly respected and liked in his regiment. Although he has only joined the Militia Staff a short time ago, he has won the admiration and esteem of the men for his upright, honest, and ,steady conduct, and he has made friends of all with whom he has become acquainted. 

By 1881 they had moved to Shrewsbury Road (Salop Road) and John was a Quartermaster Sergeant in the Denbighshire Militia.   Another daughter Teresa had been born in Ireland about 1871, and  sons Hugh aged 7 and John  aged 5 were both born in Wrexham.

Alice was in Prestwich working as a house servant for the Allen family, she was with them for at least 20 years, but by 1911 had moved to Southport with another family.

 John`s wife Elizabeth Malone died on 18 November 1882 at Albert Street, she was only 40.

 On 27 October 1900 there was a report in the newspapers about Sanitation  in the area.

The inspector   wrote ;  I have served two notices upon the tenant of a small two-roomed house situate in Pool- mouth Valley, and upon John Malone, agent for the Stansty  estate. There are 9 persons who occupy 1 small bedroom 11 feet square, namely, the tenant, and a family  consisting  of the parents and six children.

In April 1901 John and Teresa were at Stansty Hall and later that year she married Joseph Woollam a farmer from Moss. Teresa died in 1946.

In 1912 Alice married Richard Williams at Haslingden, Lancashire.  She died 12 March 1936 at New Road, Brynteg. 

John was still at Stansty in 1913 when he endorsed  a product   which claimed to improve the eyesight.  Mr James Williams was advertising his  “TOUR FOR SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER, 1913” in many Welsh newspapers   and on  Sept. 1st he was at Trevor’s Hotel, Regent Street Wrexham.

To Restore the Eyesight. TO RESTORE THE HEARING. A NEW SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY. JAMES WILLIAMS, The Woodlands Birkenhead. The greatest discovery of the age for the cure of eye affection of every kind and at all stages. Short sight. Cataract, Fatigued Eyes, Cross Eyes. Cloudy Vision, Inflamed and Watery Eyes made clear and strong. Strained eyes caused by constant Concentration on fine work, such as Metal Engraving, Watchmaking, Dressmaking, become strong, and Headaches disappear. Indispensable to those whose daily occupations are under artificial light. COLLIERS IN PARTICULAR. Loom workers, constantly staring at vibrating fibres and colours of various hues. Eye-Exerciser (patented in Great Britain and on. the Continent) invented by James Williams, 61, The Woodlands, Birkenhead. Those that are troubled with defective hearing and noise in the head will do wise in consulting Mr. Williams.

Stanley  ( Stansty) Hall, Wrexham, 1st July, 1913.

Dear Sir.  I have every reason to believe that I would be stone blind long since if I had not come under your treatment the time I did. Yours truly,  JOHN MALONE.

Mr. Jas Williams, Birkenhead. Mr. Malone is over 80 years of age, and can read and write without aid of glasses.

John died at Laburnum House, 1 New Road, Brynteg on 1 January 1918. He left effects of £52. Administration was granted to his son Hugh who was a publican. 

John was buried with Elizabeth.


HUGH MALONE  1874 – 1963

EDITH MALONE 1881 – 1957

Also buried with John and Elizabeth are his son Hugh Malone and his wife Edith.

Hugh had been born in Wrexham  on 18 June 1874 and in 1878 he started school at Dr Williams’ Foundation/Victoria British School, Wrexham.

When he was aged 9 years and 6 months he was in Dublin, he had been admitted to the Royal Hibernian Military School, his records show he was 4ft 4in tall, weighed 4 stone 7 lbs, his chest was  25 ¾ inches  and his trade was a tailor. He was there for over 4 years until he joined the Army  in Dublin in February 1888, his occupation then was a tailor. He was only 14 years and 5 months old, was 5ft 2 ¾  tall, weighed 108 lbs,  and his chest measured 31”. He had brown hair and grey eyes He was declared fit and was appointed to the Royal Welsh Fusiliers for 12 years service. He served at home until November 1896 when he was sent out to Malta,  Crete, Egypt,  back to Crete, China and India  before finally coming home  in January 1905. Over the years he was promoted to sergeant, and in 1899 he was permitted to re-engage to complete 21 years with the colours. 

Hugh’s medical   records show he had been ill quite a few times while overseas with ague, bronchitis, fever and an eye injury which resulted in a Court of Enquiry in Kandia, Crete.

Hugh married Edith Roberts on 23 July 1907 at St Mary’s RC Church in Wrexham and in 1911 they were living in 3 Saxon Street, Wrexham.  Edith was 29, and had been born in Wrexham in July 1881; they had a daughter also Edith aged 2. It`s not known who Edith’s parents were.

Hugh re – enlisted in October 1914, he was now aged 40, he had gained 5 inches in height, and put on 40 lbs, his chest was now 38 inches.

His records show he was “at home” until July 1918. Edith’s address was given as the Grosvenor Arms, Cefn. This matches the details from John Malone`s probate when Hugh was a publican. 

 In June 1919 he was discharged as being unfit due to defective eyesight.  By 1939 Hugh and Edith were in Afoneitha, close to Ruabon, they both remained there until Edith died in May 1957 aged 75 and Hugh in May 1963 aged 84.

Researched by Annette Edwards. With help from Judy Roberts of Chirk. April 2019.

Grave ref: A-00307 & 00308

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