Gray, James


Birth date and place10 Jul 1835 North Walsham, Norfolk, England.
Baptism date and place11 Aug 1835 St Nicholas Church, North Walsham, Norfolk.
Civil Census ResidencesReeves Lane, North Walsham, Norfolk (1841).
Reeves Lane, North Walsham, Norfolk (1851).
Occupations pre-WAButcher.
Physical DescriptionHeight: 5 ft. 10 ins. Complexion: fair. Eyes: grey. Hair: light brown. Face: long. Build: middling stout.
Distinguishing marks: Pockmarked.
Marriage date and placeSingle on arrival in Western Australia. No marriage found.
Death date and place1917 Claremont, Western Australia  [WA GRO Reg No. 165 tentative].
Burial date and placeNot recorded on WA Metropolitan Cemeteries Board Index.
Will and Probate 
Death Notices and Obituaries 
Regiment(s)3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards.
Regiment No. and Rank#7192 Private.
Attestation date and place 
Medals, Clasps and BadgesCrimea War Medal clasp Sebastopol. Turkish Crimea Medal [WO100-25-107 see additional information below].
Regimental Courts MartialConviction(s) for absenting himself, details unknown [PCom2-387-9169].
District Courts MartialAldershott [WO86-010-10].
Trial: 2 Aug 1858. Desertion. Losing Necessaries.
Sentenced: 168 days hard labour and stoppages.
General Courts MartialWellington 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 ReferenceNot eligible.
Parchment Certificate issued 7 Oct 1858 in Millbank Prison.
Post Discharge ResidenceWestern Australia.
Departure and Arrival10 Nov 1860 Portland; 11 Feb 1861 Fremantle.
Labourer and Shepherd Toodyay [Acc 1156-R4].
WA Convict #5867.
WA Ticket of Leave9 Dec 1861.
WA Certificate of Freedom 
WA Conditional Pardon12 Nov 1864 Toodyay.
Misc. Newspaper Articles 
Gray’s Medals and Clasp for Sebastopol
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].