|PERSONAL DETAILS||Martin COMMERFORD|
|Birth date and place||7 Apr 1830, Killmanaugh, Callan, Kilkenny, Ireland.|
|Baptism date and place|
|Civil Census Residences||Regimental Barracks, Sunderland, Durham, England (1851).|
Kilkenny Fusiliers Militia (1856-1858) after discharge from the Army.
|Physical Description||Height: 5 ft. 9½ ins. Complexion: fresh. Eyes: grey. Hair: dark brown.|
|Marriage date and place|
|Spouse||Ellen JONES or JAMES.|
|Children||Susan 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 place||15 Dec 1889, Marine Terrace, Geraldton, Western Australia.|
|Burial date and place||18 Dec 1889, Geraldton Cemetery (Roman Catholic).|
|Will and Probate||Letters of Administration: 7 Feb 1890. Probate: 11 Feb 1890, Supreme Court of Western Australia.|
|Death Notices and Obituaries||West Australian 17, 18 & 19 Dec 1889.|
Western Mail 21 Dec 1889.
Victorian Express (Geraldton) 21 & 28 Dec 1889.
|Regiment(s)||33rd (Duke of Wellington’s) Regiment.|
|Regiment No. and Rank||#2412 Private.|
|Attestation date and place||7 Apr 1847 Callan, Kilkenny.|
|Promotions & Reductions||Private to Corporal 1 Apr 1852.|
Corporal to Private 6 Jan 1853.
|Medals, Clasps and Badges||Crimea War Medal clasps Alma, Inkermann, Sebastopol. Turkish Crimea Medal.|
|Casualty/Medical||Rendered 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 Martial||Tried 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 Martial||None.|
|General Courts Martial||None.|
|Discharge date and place||3 Jul 1855 Chatham.|
|Length of Service||7 years 83 days.|
|Chelsea Pension Reference||WO97/1497/137.|
|Post Discharge Residence||Not stated.|
|Post Discharge Pension District||1st Dublin.|
|Pension Amount||8d. per diem.|
|ARRIVAL AND LIFE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA|
|Departure and Arrival||05 Mar 1858 Plymouth; 01 Jun 1858 Fremantle.|
|Status/Occupation||Enrolled 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/Purchase||1867 Geraldton Town Lots 268, 287 purchase [Broomhall:91, Erickson:612].|
1867 Geraldton Suburban Lot 20 purchase [Broomhall:91].
|Subscriptions & Donations||1863 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 Articles||Commerford 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 WA||Not applicable.|