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PERSONAL DETAILS Thomas GRADY
Birth date and Place 18 Sep 1835, Claddagh, Galway, County Galway, Ireland.
Baptism date and Place
Census Residences
Occupations pre-WA Labourer
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.
ARMED FORCES
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.
Musters
Promotions None.
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: Galway & Liverpool (1856). 1st Liverpool & Galway (1859).
Melbourne 1867–March 1891.
Pension Amount 8d. per diem. £5 annuity (DCM). £10 annuity (VC).
Patriotic Fund.
ARRIVAL and LIFE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Ship Norwood.
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.