|PERSONAL DETAILS||Thomas GRADY|
|Birth date and Place||18 Sep 1835, Claddagh, Galway, County Galway, Ireland.|
|Baptism date and Place|
|Physical Description||Height: 5 ft. 5¼ ins. Complexion: fresh. Eyes: blue. Hair: dark brown.|
|Marriage date and Place||6 Aug 1855, St Peter’s, Liverpool, Lancashire [GRO Vol. 8b Page 54].|
|Spouse||Catherine DEVENY (DAVENY).|
|Children||Mary Ellen b. 1851, Liverpool, Lancashire.|
Martin John b. 1862 Liverpool, Lancashire.
|Death date and Place||19 May 1891 Immigrants’ Home, Melbourne, Victoria.|
|Burial date and Place||21 May 1891 Melbourne General Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria.|
|Will and Probate||None.|
|Obituaries||Gippsland Times 22 May 1891.|
Town and Country Journal 30 May 1891.
Argus 24 Jun 1891.
|Regiment||99th (Lanarkshire) Regiment. 15 Feb 1854 transferred to|
4th (The King’s Own) Regiment.
|Regiment No. and Rank||#3319 (4th) Private.|
|Attestation date and Place||18 Jun 1853 Liverpool, Lancashire.|
|Service/Campaigns||In the East (Crimea) 1 year.|
|Medals, Clasps and Badges||Crimean War Medal clasps Alma, Inkermann, Sebastopol. Turkish Crimea Medal.|
Distinguished Conduct Medal (annuity).
Victoria Cross (annuity).
The Victoria Cross medal is now in the care of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ID Ref No. REL/11986.001.
Citation for Victoria Cross: For having, on the 18th October, 1854, volunteered to repair the embrasures of the Sailors’ Battery on the Left Attack, and effected the same, with the assistance of one other volunteer, under a very heavy fire from a line of batteries.For gallant conduct on the 22nd November, 1854, in the repulse of the Russian attack on the advanced trench of the Left Attack, when, on being severely wounded, he refused to quit the front, encouraging, by such determined bearing, the weak force engaged with the enemy to maintain its position. [London Gazette 23 Jun 1857, page 2165].
|Casualty/Medical||Severely wounded. [London Gazette 22 Nov 1854, page 4047].|
When on duty in the trenches before Sebastopol received a gunshot wound of left arm – the ball passing through deltoid muscle and grazing the bone. Since that time he has had numbness and loss of power in left arm, and he cannot use his musket properly, nor can he lift any weight with it. Unfit for the service.
|Regimental Courts Martial||None.|
|District Courts Martial||None.|
|General Courts Martial||None.|
|Discharge date and Place||28 Oct 1856 Chatham, England.|
|Length of Service||3 years 41 days.|
|Chelsea Pension Reference||WO97/1395/72.|
|Post Discharge Residence||Liverpool.|
|Post Discharge Pension District:||1st Liverpool (1856). Galway (1859). Western Australia (1862). Melbourne (1867–March 1891).|
|Pension Amount||8d. per diem. £5 annuity (DCM). £10 annuity (VC).|
|ARRIVAL and LIFE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA|
|Departure and Arrival||16 Mar 1862 Portland; 09 Jun 1862 Fremantle.|
|Status/Occupation||Enrolled Pensioner Force.|
|Land Grant/Purchase||None in Western Australia.|
|Subscriptions||Lancashire Relief Fund 1863.|
Greenough Fire Fund 1864.
|Departure from WA||17 Nov 1866 Gem to Melbourne.|
|Newspaper articles in Victoria||Argus 18, 20, 21 Jun 1890.|
Argus 28 Jan 1891.
Traralgon Record 09 Jan 1891.
Kilmore Free Press 05 Mar 1896.