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).
Occupations pre-WA Labourer.
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.
[Cons 3458-1890-214].
Death Notices and Obituaries West 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 place 7 Apr 1847 Callan, Kilkenny.
Service/Campaigns Crimea.
Musters
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.
Patriotic Fund.
ARRIVAL AND LIFE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Ship Lord Raglan.
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 Geraldton Town Lots [Erickson p.612].
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.