PERSONAL DETAILS John VANCE
Birth date and place c. 1823 Belfast, Antrim, Ireland.
Baptism date and place
Civil Census Residences
England, Wales & Scotland
No. 2 Battery, Sandhills, Worth, Eastry, Kent, England (1861).
See Musters below (1851, 1861).
Occupations pre-WA Helper to a Smith/Labourer.
Physical Description Height: 5 ft. 7½ ins. Complexion: dark. Eyes: grey. Hair: dark.
Marriage date and place 25 Nov 1850 Belfast, Antrim, Ireland.
Spouse Margaret FERRIS (widow of James Everall).
Children
Death date and place 20 Jan 1891 York Hospital, York, Western Australia.
Burial date and place
Will and Probate None.
Death Notices and Obituaries Inquirer & Commercial News 21 Jan 1891.
Eastern Districts Chronicle 24 Jan 1891.
WA Record 29 Jan 1891.
ARMED FORCES
Regiment(s) Royal Artillery, 4th Battalion, 12th Battalion & Coast Brigade.
Regiment No. and Rank #1141 Gunner.
Attestation date and place 3 Aug 1841 Lisburn, Antrim.
Service/Campaigns Gibraltar 6 years 1 month.
Turkey & Crimea 1 year 10 months.
Musters 1851 Charlemont, Ireland (8th Co., 4th Battalion) [WO10-2066].
1861 various regions UK (Coast Brigade) [WO10-2820].
Promotions None.
Medals, Clasps and Badges Crimea War Medal clasps Alma, Balaklava, Inkermann, Sebastopol. Turkish Crimea Medal.
French Military Medal.
Four Good Conduct Badges.
Casualty/Medical None.
Regimental Courts Martial None.
Thirteen times entered in the Regimental Defaulters Book.
District Courts Martial None.
General Courts Martial None.
Discharge date and place 19 Aug 1862 Woolwich.
Length of Service 21 years 16 days.
Chelsea Pension Reference WO97/1354/27.
Post Discharge Residence 1st East London (1862).
Post Discharge Pension District Woolwich.
Pension Amount 1/- per diem. Increased to 1/2d. per diem on 18 Jan 1881 for service EPF.
Patriotic Fund.
ARRIVAL AND LIFE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Ship Racehorse. 
Departure and Arrival 26 May 1865 Portland; 10 Aug 1865 Fremantle.
Status/Occupation Enrolled Pensioner Force.
Land Grant/Purchase 20 Jul 1885 Cockburn Sound, Willagee Swamp No. 228, 20 acres (grant).
Subscriptions None.
Misc. Newspaper Articles The Herald 18 Jan 1868 – theft.
Inquirer & Commercial News 22 Jan 1868 – illegal fishing.
Eastern Districts Chronicle 3 Feb 1882 – theft.
Eastern Districts Chronicle 13 Jun 1885, 3 Apr 1886, 20 Oct 1888 – drunkenness.
Departure from WA Not applicable.