PERSONAL DETAILSMartin COMMERFORD (Cummerford)
Birth date and place7 Apr 1830, Killmanaugh, Callan, Kilkenny, Ireland.
Baptism date and place
Civil Census ResidencesRegimental Barracks, Sunderland, Durham, England (1851).
Occupations pre-WALabourer.
Kilkenny Fusiliers Militia (1856-1858) after discharge from the Army.
Physical DescriptionHeight: 5 ft. 9½ ins. Complexion: fresh. Eyes: grey. Hair: dark brown.
Marriage date and place
SpouseEllen JONES or JAMES.
ChildrenSusan Nora 1857, Ireland (tentative).
Brigid 1859, Geraldton, Western Australia.
Helen/Ellen 1862, Geraldton, Western Australia. aka Sister Mary Augustine of the Sisters of Mercy.
Elizabeth 1864, Geraldton, Western Australia.
Martin 1866 (d.1867), Geraldton, Western Australia.
Mary May 1869, Geraldton, Western Australia.
Morris William 1871, Geraldton, Western Australia.
Edward John (john Edward) 1874, Geraldton, Western Australia.
Death date and place15 Dec 1889, Marine Terrace, Geraldton, Western Australia.
Burial date and place18 Dec 1889, Geraldton Cemetery (Roman Catholic).
Will and ProbateLetters of Administration: 7 Feb 1890. Probate: 11 Feb 1890, Supreme Court of Western Australia.
[Cons 3458-1890-214].
Death Notices and ObituariesWest Australian 17, 18 & 19 Dec 1889.
Western Mail 21 Dec 1889.
Victorian Express (Geraldton) 21 & 28 Dec 1889.
ARMED FORCES
Regiment(s)33rd (Duke of Wellington’s) Regiment.
Regiment No. and Rank#2412 Private.
Attestation date and place7 Apr 1847 Callan, Kilkenny.
Service/CampaignsCrimea.
Musters
Promotions & ReductionsPrivate to Corporal 1 Apr 1852.
Corporal to Private 6 Jan 1853.
Medals, Clasps and BadgesCrimea War Medal clasps Alma, Inkermann, Sebastopol.  Turkish Crimea Medal.
Casualty/MedicalRendered unfit for service in consequence of the loss of the left thumb from a gunshot wound received in the trenches before Sebastopol on the 4th December 1854.
Regimental Courts MartialTried by Regimental Court Martial for neglect of duty when on escort and sentenced Reduction.
In confinement 31 Dec 1852 to 5 Jan 1853.
District Courts MartialNone.
General Courts MartialNone.
Discharge date and place3 Jul 1855 Chatham.
Length of Service7 years 83 days.
Chelsea Pension ReferenceWO97/1497/137.
Post Discharge ResidenceNot stated.
Post Discharge Pension District1st Dublin.
Pension Amount8d. per diem.
Patriotic Fund.
ARRIVAL AND LIFE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
ShipLord Raglan.
Departure and Arrival05 Mar 1858 Plymouth; 01 Jun 1858 Fremantle.
Status/OccupationEnrolled Pensioner Force 1858-1865.
Champion Bay (Geraldton) ‘Tide Waiter’/Customs Officer from 1858.
Geraldton Postmaster from 1864.
Geraldton Municipal Councillor.
Geraldton Rifle Volunteer, B Co. 3rd Battalion, Infantry Brigade. Enlisted 1 Oct 1876 to 1885 [Vigilans].
Land Grant/Purchase1867 Geraldton Town Lots 268, 287 purchase [Broomhall:91, Erickson:612].
1867 Geraldton Suburban Lot 20 purchase [Broomhall:91].
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Subscriptions & Donations1863 Lancashire Relief Fund 5 shillings.
1868 Perth New Convent and Female Orphanage £2.
1869 Pensioners Benevolent Fund.
1871 Geraldton Working Men’s Society.
1872 New Catholic Church at Geraldton £5.
Misc. Newspaper ArticlesCommerford has generated a large amount of newsprint. From 1858 – 1889 over 50 articles appear in Western Australian newspapers on a range of topics.
Departure from WANot applicable.