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42nd Regiment Royal Highland Cap Badge
British Crimea Medal Alma Balaclava Sebastopol Clasps
Turkish Crimea Medal


NameARMSTRONG – Alexander
Regiment (s)42nd Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 2711
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
21st December 1849 / 21 years 9 months /Thurso Caithness Scotland
Description – Height
5 Ft 6 in
Fresh / Black / Black / None
Overseas Service/DurationBermuda – 198 days
Turkey and Crimea –  2 years 76 days
Length of Service6 years 348 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeSergeant / 2nd December 1856 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsCrimea War Medal with Alma Balaclava and Sebastopol clasps
Turkish Crimea War Medal
Intended Residence at
Weymouth Dorset England
Pension Districts1856 Salisbury
Pension Paid8d per diem Temporary for 2½ years until 23rd June 1859
Deferred pension of 4d per diem awarded 31 March 1879 on attaining 50 years of age.
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
6th October 1861 Portland via Cape of Good Hope
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
LINCELLES 28th January 1862
Date/Place of Birthc1828 Bower Wick Caithness Scotland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
ARMSTRONG William Alexander
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
UNKNOWN Isabella
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
GROAT Christiana
1829 Wick Scotland
19th April 1835 Thurso Caithness Scotland
Date/Place of Marriage13th April 1847 Wick Caithness Scotland
Children by 1st WifeWilliam Alexander B 1849 Wick Caithness Scotland
D 1893 Albany Western Australia
Annie B c1851 Wick Caithness Scotland
Bp 7 December 1851 Andersier, Inverness, Scotland
M ROBINSON George 1868Albany WA
Elizabeth B c1853 Dundee Scotland
Alexander B c1856 Wick Caithness Scotland
M HOLDER Mary Sarah 1891 Albany Western Australia
D 24 April 1936 Albany WA
Isabella B c1858 Weymouth Dorset England
M DAVISON Thomas William 1888 Albany Western Australia
James B c1860 Portland Dorset England
D 1878 Western Australia
Christina B 1862 Fremantle Western Australia
M INCE John 1882 Albany Western Australia
M PATTINSON Henry 1915 Victoria
D 25 October 1945 Toorak, Victoria
Mary Jane B c1864 Albany Western Australia
D 1864 Albany Western Australia
Sarah B 1870 Albany Western Australia
M WATERS George 1890 Albany Western Australia
D 1941 Albany WA
Stillborn Male B 1872 Albany Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
GERRY Isabella
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Employed as Warder Convict Establishment from 1862 to 1871 in both areas around Perth and Albany. Pension awarded 13th April 1871 of £21.6.10 per annum. See Barker page 7-8
Owner operator launch service Albany
Newspaper ArticlesWestern Mail Saturday 26 October 1901 page 17 Obituary Alexander
The Daily News Thursday 5 December 1901 page 2 Other People’s Money
The Albany Advertiser Saturday 30 April 1904 page 3 death of Christina
Western Mail Saturday 7 May 1904 page 17 Obituary Christina
Albany Advertiser Monday 27 April 1936 page 6 Obituary Alexander
The Albany Advertiser Monday 12 January 1942 Page 4 Obituary of Sarah Waters
The Argus Friday 26 October 1945 page 2 Death notice Christina Pattinson
Departure from Western
Not Applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial21st October 1901 Albany Western Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
25th April 1904 Albany Western Australia
Not yet known
Will or ProbateSROWA Cons 3403 1901/137
Alexander Armstrong made a will leaving all his real and personal property to his son Alexander Armstrong and his son-in-law George Waters with the proviso they were to lodge and provide for his dear wife Christina as long as she may live in the same state and condition of life as at the time of his death. He added a codicil bequeathing the sum of 150 pounds to his daughter Isabella the wife of Thomas William Davidson (sic).
The estate consisted of a 1/3 interest in the firm A. Armstrong & Sons which amounted to £2,636.19.11 (The other 2 partners were his son Alexander and son-in-law George Waters.)
Further InformationDischarge due to varicose veins in both legs said to be caused by restriction of the garters during the march in the Crimea.
British Army, Worldwide Index
1851 Alexander Armstrong 2711 location Bermuda
In the 1851 Census of Scotland Christina Armstrong is recorded in the Scottish way under her maiden name of Groat.
She is living at Brown Street Wick, Pulteneytown, Caithness with her parents Donald Groat age 70, fisherman and her mother Ann age 52 born Kildonan.
Also with the family are Christina’s siblings Donald age 20, John age 18 both of whom are fishermen, younger son George age 14, sisters Ann age 13 and Isabella age 9.
Christina is a married woman age 22 with her children William Armstrong age 3 and daughter Ann who was born in 1850.
The family with the exception of sons Donald and John are listed as paupers and with the exception of mother Ann Groat were all born in Caithness
The Armstrong family is re-united in the 1861 census of England and living at Alma Terrace, Portland Dorset.
William age 31 is employed as an assistant warder at Portland prison, Christina is age 31, Children William age 12, Ann age 10 both born Wick, Caithness, Elizabeth age 5 born Dundee, Alexander age 5 born Wick Caithness, Isabella age 3 born Weymouth Dorset, and James age 1 born Portland, Dorset.
The assets listed in the will of Alexander Armstrong consisted of:
Albany Town lot 80 of 2 roods and 27 perches with 2 cottages and part of Albany Town lot 81 of 18 perches, the value being £505.
Launch Bruce £2000
Launch Escort £1000
Launch Jessie £600
Launch Loch Lomond £500
Launch Dunstay £2300
All with gear and appurtances
3 Iron lighters and Dock £1000
Wooden lighter £200
Cash in Bank £743.15.8
Total Assets £8343.15.8
Liabilities amounted to £2048..06.0
Value of assets £6295.09.9
Probate payable on 1/3 share £2636.19.11