PERSONAL DETAILS James (John) GRAY
Birth date and place 10 Jul 1835 North Walsham, Norfolk, England.
Baptism date and place 11 Aug 1835 St Nicholas Church, North Walsham, Norfolk.
Civil Census Residences Reeves Lane, North Walsham, Norfolk (1841).
Reeves Lane, North Walsham, Norfolk (1851).
Occupations pre-WA Butcher.
Physical Description Height: 5 ft. 10 ins. Complexion: fair. Eyes: grey. Hair: light brown. Face: long. Build: middling stout.
Distinguishing marks: Pockmarked.
Marriage date and place Single on arrival in Western Australia. No marriage found.
Spouse
Children
Death date and place 1917 Claremont, Western Australia  [WA GRO Reg No. 165 tentative].
Burial date and place Not recorded on WA Metropolitan Cemeteries Board Index.
Will and Probate
Death Notices and Obituaries
ARMED FORCES
Regiment(s) 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards.
Regiment No. and Rank #7192 Private.
Attestation date and place
Service/Campaigns Crimea.
Musters
Promotions None.
Medals, Clasps and Badges Crimea War Medal clasp Sebastopol. Turkish Crimea Medal [WO100-25-107 see additional information below].
Casualty/Medical
Regimental Courts Martial Conviction(s) for absenting himself, details unknown [PCom2-387-9169].
District Courts Martial Aldershott [WO86-010-10].
Trial: 2 Aug 1858. Desertion. Losing Necessaries.
Sentenced: 168 days hard labour and stoppages.
General Courts Martial Wellington Barracks, Westminster.
Committal: 10 Jul 1858 Woolwich.
Trial: 11 Aug 1858. Attempting to strike Captain G A Ferguson, his superior officer.
Sentenced: Eight years penal servitude.
Prison and Register # 11 Aug to 4 Oct 1858 Wellington Barracks, 2 months.
4 Oct to 17 Nov 1858 Millbank Prison #7866, 1 month 13 days.
17 Nov 1858 to 1 Jul 1859 Pentonville Prison #8351, 7 months 14 days.
1 Jul 1859 to 3 Nov 1860 Portland Prison #9160, 16 months 2 days.
3 Nov 1860 to 11 Feb 1861 Convict ship Palmerston, 93 days passage from Portland.
11 Feb 1861 Fremantle Prison #5867.
Chelsea Pension Reference Not eligible.
Parchment Certificate issued 7 Oct 1858 in Millbank Prison.
Post Discharge Residence Western Australia.
ARRIVAL AND LIFE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Ship Palmerston.
Departure and Arrival 10 Nov 1860 Portland; 11 Feb 1861 Fremantle.
Status/Occupation Convict.
Labourer and Shepherd Toodyay [Acc 1156-R4].
WA Convict # 5867.
WA Ticket of Leave 9 Dec 1861.
WA Certificate of Freedom
WA Conditional Pardon 12 Nov 1864 Toodyay.
Misc. Newspaper Articles
Additional Information In 1906/1907 a survey was undertaken of old people’s homes and asylums on behalf of the WA Colonial Secretary’s Office to identify British military veterans who had been engaged in Imperial wars, including the Crimean War [Cons 752-1919-2479 WA SRO]. James Gray was one such veteran, recorded as “never in an engagement but was on duty in the trenches” [Sevastopol]. This identified Private Gray #7192 as the man sentenced to penal servitude in WA. It distinguished him from Private James Gray #6288 present at Alma, Balaklava and Inkermann on the same Grenadier Guards medal roll [WO100-25 folios 14, 48, 69, 157].