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CALDWELL/COLDWELL – James 57th Regiment

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57th Regiment West Middlesex Badge

Class of 1851 – EPFs Who became Constables – by Peter Conole and Jean McDonald – July 2012 EPG Gazette

Regiment (s)57th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 295
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
5th August 1824 / 16 years / Manchester Lancashire England Silk Weaver
Description – Height
5 Ft 6 ½ in
Fair / Blue Eyes / Light Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationNew South Wales Australia – 5 years 3 months
East Indies – 15 years 4 months
Length of Service21 years 8 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeCorporal /10 August 1847 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Manchester Lancashire England
Pension Districts1847 Stockport
1849 2nd Manchester District
1850-1857 Western Australia
1857-1862 Melbourne Victoria Australia
1862-1865 Western Australia
1866- 1872 Victoria
Sept Qtr 1872 Bengal India
1873 London W
1873-1874 In Patient Royal Chelsea hospital
1874 West London and Stafford (Newcastle-under-Lyme)
1875-1877 Melbourne
Pension Paid1/3½d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
4th March 1850 Portsmouth Hampshire England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
SCINDIAN 1st June 1850
Date/Place of Birth1808 Manchester Lancashire England
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Date/Place of Birth
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
Captain Henderson recorded him as being married
Not yet known
2nd Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
COLGAN Margaret
B 1843
Date/Place of Marriage1862 Victoria
Children by 1st /2nd WifeNot yet known
Father of 2nd Wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 2nd Wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Street Keeper (Constable) Perth October 1850-December 1850
Night Warder Convict Establishment 13th June 1851 dismissed 6th August 1853
1855 2nd Master of Perth Boys’ School (Erickson) also newspaper
Custodian and Librarian Mechanics Institute – music teacher
Conductor Perth Philharmonic Society
Band Master Volunteers Band
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette 14 June 1850 arrival of Scindian
Departure from Western
1857 15th August to Melbourne per City of Palaces
1862 10th November returned to WA per Tein Tsin
1865 11th September 1865 per Clarence Packet
1872 to India
1873 to United Kingdom West London and Stafford
1875 returned to Melbourne
Date/Place of Death/Burial12th June 1877 aged 68 years in Victoria
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 James Coldwell (sic) 295 Corporal 57th Foot location Fort St George Trichinopoly Madras
Discharge due to being worn out
After the arrival of the Scindian at Fremantle Captain Henderson wrote a report listing the rank name, trade or calling, rate of pension, date of enlistment for 5 months service, marital status, and number of children for each pensioner. Sometimes the trade of calling differed from that recorded at the time of attestation.
Corporal James Caldwell, clerk, 1/3 ½ , 21st January, married
James Caldwell was an inpatient of Royal Chelsea hospital from 1st December 1873 to 1st August 1874 when he left to join his wife in Australia. When he was admitted as an In-patient James said he had left his wife provided for in Australia
Margaret Caldwell married John Smart 1879 Victoria died 1915 Geelong Victoria. Her father was Patrick Colgan and mother Honor O’Neill