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|PERSONAL DETAILS||John Richard GRAY|
|Birth date and Place:||25 Nov 1831 Chatham, Kent, England.|
|Baptism date and Place:||2 Sep 1832 St Mary’s Church, Chatham, Kent.|
|Census Residences:||Medway Union Workhouse, Rochester, Kent (1841).|
|Occupations pre-WA:||Assistant Warder, Chatham Prison.|
|Physical Description:||Height: 5 ft. 8 ins. Complexion fresh. Eyes: hazel. Hair: dark brown.|
|Marriage date and Place:||1st 25 Dec 1853 Ipswich, Suffolk, England.
2nd 7 Sep 1872 Fremantle, Western Australia.
|Spouse:||1st Isabella KERSEY.
2nd Maria WICKLIFFE.
John Lewis Gray b. 1878 (d. at sea 1878), Tullynewtane, Antrim, Ireland.
Elizabeth Minnie b. 1879, Fremantle, Western Australia.
|Death date and Place:||24 Jun 1891 Adelaide Street, Fremantle, Western Australia.|
|Burial date and Place:||25 Jun 1891 Skinner Street Cemetery, Fremantle, Western Australia.|
|Will and Probate:||Will: 17 Jan 1881. Probate: 30 Jun 1891, Supreme Court of Western Australia.
|Obituaries:||West Australian 26 Jun 1891.
Western Mail 27 Jun 1891.
Colonial Military Gazette Aug 1891.
|Regiment:||57th West Middlesex Regiment. 1 May 1851 transferred to
4th Queens Own Regiment of Light Dragoons.
|Regiment No. and Rank:||#1816 Private (57th).
#1485 Private (4th LD).
|Attestation date and Place:||24 Nov 1845 Rochester, Kent (under-age 15 years).|
|Service/Campaigns:||East Turkey and Crimea 1 year, 10 months.|
|Musters:||1851 Dublin, Ireland (57th Regiment) [WO 12-6673].|
|Medals, Clasps and Badges:||Crimea War Medal with clasps Alma, Balaklava and Sebastopol. Turkish Crimea Medal.
Two Good Conduct Badges.
|Casualty/Medical:||Casualty Roll: Slight wound, action at Balaclava 25 Oct 1854.
26 Oct (1854) to Scutari (Hospital) [WO100-24-201 Medal Roll].
Has for a considerable time suffered from varicose veins of the legs to which some predisposition must have existed.
His disability has not been aggravated by vice or misconduct .
Unfit for further service [13 May 1861].
|Regimental Courts Martial:||None.|
|District Courts Martial:||None.|
|General Courts Martial:||None.|
|Discharge date and Place:
Length of Service:
|13 May 1861, Dublin, Ireland.
12 years, 171 days.
|Chelsea Pension Reference:||WO97/1285/146.|
|Post Discharge Residence:||27 Norwich Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, England.|
|Post Discharge Pension District:||Ipswich (1861), Chatham (1863).|
|Pension Amount:||8d. per diem (for three years) (1861). Pension ceased (1864). Refused increase in pension (1877).
Awarded 5d. per diem Deferred Pension from 24 Nov 1880.
|ARRIVAL and LIFE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA|
|Departure and Arrival:||07 Apr 1866 Portland; 04 Jul 1866 Fremantle.|
|Status/Occupation:||Warder Fremantle Prison [D J Barker pp. 86-87].
Resigned 1887 owing to loss of the use of both legs [M S James p.323].
Source of Land Records courtesy of
|30 Dec 1889 Purchase by Auction from Estate of Sarah Harding (Maria Gray’s widowed sister):
Fremantle Town Lot 303, Cantonment Road,
Fremantle Town Lot 266, Beach Street,
Fremantle Town Lot 561 Adelaide Street,
Swan Location P233, Butler’s Swamp (9½ acres),
*Swan Location 429, 1st & 2nd Avenues? (40 acres).
Inquirer & Commercial News 25 Dec 1889 & 1 Jan 1890 (see sidebar).
* Originally granted to James Harding in 1866 for a sum of £20 [Landgate].
|Misc. Newspaper Articles||Herald 13 Feb & 10 Oct 1873.
Herald 13 Feb 1875.
Western Australian Times 16 Feb 1875.
Belfast Morning, 25 Feb 1879.
Belfast New-Letter 25 Feb 1879.