|PERSONAL DETAILS||James McCORMACK|
Name variations: McCORMICK
|Birth date and place||From 1826 to 1831 (see Additional Details).|
|Baptism date and place|
|Physical Description||Height: 5 ft. 7½ ins. Complexion: dark. Eyes: dark hazel. Hair: dark brown. Face: round. Build: middling stout.|
Distinguishing marks: marks on left hand; anchor on left arm; scar on left cheek; pockmarked.
|Marriage date and place||Single.|
|Death date and place||8 Apr 1888 Alvarenga’s Coffee Palace and Boarding House, Pakenham Street, Fremantle, Western Australia.|
Cause of Death: Suicide by strychnine poison (determined by Inquest Monday 9 Apr 1888, Fremantle Courthouse).
|Burial date and place||Apr 1888 Skinner Street Cemetery, Fremantle, Western Australia – not verified.|
|Will and Probate||None.|
|Death Notices and Obituaries||Daily News 9 Apr 1888.|
Inquirer and Commercial News 11 Apr 1888.
|Regiment(s)||28th (North Gloucestershire) Regiment – not verified.|
|Regiment No. and Rank||# illegible. Private.|
|Attestation date and place|
Malta and Turkey.
|Medals, Clasps and Badges||Crimea War Medal clasp Sebastopol [WO100-28-147 as McCormick].|
Turkish Crimea Medal.
|Regimental Courts Martial||None.|
|District Courts Martial||None.|
|General Courts Martial||Malta [WO90-42].|
Trial: 5 Feb 1857. Absenting himself from drill and striking his sergeant.
Sentence: Seven years penal servitude [PCom2-38-4204].
|Prison and Registers #||Malta from 5 Feb 1857, 5 days.|
On Board Ship 10 Feb 157 to 17 Feb 1857, 17 days.
Millbank #4204. 17 Feb 1857, 24 days. Parchment Certificate of Discharge received and issued 2 Mar 1857.
Pentonville #7115.23 Mar 1857 to 24 Dec 1857.
Chatham #1505. 26 Dec 1857 to embarkation on convict ship.
Edwin Fox sailed 26 Aug 1858 Plymouth, arriving 20 Nov 1858 – a passage of 86 days.
|Chelsea Pension Reference||Not eligible.|
|Post Discharge Residence||Western Australia.|
|ARRIVAL AND LIFE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA|
|Departure and Arrival||26 Aug 1858, Plymouth; 20 Nov 1858 Fremantle.|
|WA Convict #||Fremantle Prison #5104 and #9978.|
|Dates and Details||Click here to read offences from 1860 to 1865 before a Resident Magistrate.|
On 1 or 2 Mar 1870 he committed larceny with two other men. They were sentenced in the Supreme Court, Criminal Proceedings to three years imprisonment.
|WA Ticket of Leave||1st: 8 Apr 1860. 2nd: 7 Sep 1872.|
|WA Certificate of Freedom||1st: 10 Feb 1865. 2nd: 7 Jul 1873.|
|WA Conditional Pardon||None.|
|Misc. Newspaper Articles||Perth Gazette 8 Apr 1870 and The Herald 9 Apr 1870 – Larceny.|
|There is a considerable discrepancy in McCormack’s recorded birthdate – at least a five-year range.|
The WO90 Court Martial register record does not mention his age; nor does the HO11 Transportation Register for Edwin Fox.
Although we know of no injuries or medical conditions arising from McCormack’s service in the Crimean War, there are a number of Convict Establishment records of his medical issues. These can be found in records digitised by ancestry.com.au, in its Card Catalogue under Western Australia, Australia, Convict Records, 1846-1930, part of the ‘Court, Criminal, Land & Wills’ set of records.
McCormack could neither read nor write and his occupations would be found by waiting it out in the Colony’s Convict Hiring Depots in Perth, Fremantle, Bunbury and Toodyay. He worked as a labourer at Victoria Plains and Sussex and also as a General Servant. It seems from his inquest that he had been a shepherd working in the north-west of the State.