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COMMERFORD / COMERFORD – Martin 33rd Regiment

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33rd Regiment – Duke of Wellington West Riding Cap Badge
Crimean War Medal with Sebastopol Inkerman & Alma Clasps
Turkish Crimea Medal


Martin Commerford Memorial Window in Geraldton’s St Francis Xavier Cathedral w daughter Susan


Regiment (s)33rd Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 2412
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
7th April 1847 / 17 years / Callan Kilkenny Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 9½ in
Fresh / Grey / Dark Brown / loss of left thumb
Overseas Service/DurationCrimea – unknown
Length of Service7 years 83 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 3rd July 1855 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsCrimea War Medal clasps Alma, Inkermann, Sebastopol  Turkish Crimea Medal
Intended Residence at
Not yet known
Pension Districts1855 Kilkenny
1856 Kilkenny militia
1856 Birr
1857 Birr paid to 31 December 1857 transferred to 1st Dublin
1858 1st Dublin
1858-1889 Western Australia
Pension Paid8d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
5th March 1858 Plymouth England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
LORD RAGLAN 1st June 1858
Date/Place of Birthc1830 Killmanaugh Callan Kilkenny Ireland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
bap 30th September 1836 Nenagh Tipperary Ireland
Date/Place of Marriage5th May 1856 Nenagh Tipperary Ireland
Children by 1st WifeSusan Maria bp 27 February 1857 Nenagh Tipperary Ireland
D 3 August 1942 age 85 Perth WA
Bur Karrakatta Cemetery RC
Bridget B 1859 Geraldton Western Australia
Bp 5th November 1859 Champion Bay Western Australia
D 10 November 1927 Adelaide SA
Ellen B 1862 Geraldton Western Australia
D 31 October 1892 York Western Australia
Ellen was a Sister of Mercy nun Sister Mary Augustine
Elizabeth B 1864 Geraldton Western Australia
M Joseph James GRIFFIN 1886 Geraldton WA (Elizabeth Cecilia Cummerford sic)
D 17 March 1927 Perth WA
Bur Karrakatta Cemetery RC
Martin B 1866 Geraldton Western Australia
D 1867 Western Australia
Mary May aka Mary Frances B 1869 Geraldton Western Australia
M John M DREW 1895 Geraldton WA
D 31st July 1942 age73 Perth WA
Bur Karrakatta Cemetery RC
Morris (Maurice) William B 1871 Geraldton Western Australia
D 27th April 1883 Geraldton Western Australia
Bur Urch Street Cemetery now Apex Park Geraldton Western Australia
Edward John B 1874 Western Australia
D 1876 Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
In January 1860 he was appointed as Magistrate’s Clerk but his appointment was terminated in February as he was unable to take dictation.
1858 – 1889 Customs Officer Geraldton (Tidewaiter)
1864-1889 Postmaster Geraldton
Newspaper ArticlesThe West Australian Tuesday 8th May 1883 page 3 Death of Morris William Commerford
Western Mail Perth Saturday 21st December 1889 – page 19 Obituary
Victorian Express Geraldton Saturday 21st December 1889 – page 3 ditto
Geraldton Express 26 June 1922 Obituary Ellen Commerford
Geraldton Guardian Tuesday 27 June 1922 page 2 Obituary Ellen
The Daily News Friday 28 April 1933 page 8 Wife of the Chief Secretary Mrs JM Drew nee Mary Frances Commerford
Geraldton Guardian and Express Wednesday 5th August 1942 page 2 Short obituary Susan Commerford
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial15th December 1889 Geraldton Western Australia
Urch Street Cemetery now Apex Park Geraldton Western Australia (Headstone)
Date/Place of Death/Burial
26th June 1922 Geraldton Western Australia
Roman Catholic Section Urch Street Cemetery now Apex Park Geraldton Western Australia
Will or ProbateCons 3458/1890/214 Letters of Administration Martin Commerford
Cons 3458/1922/238 Letters of Administration Ellen Commerford
Further InformationAlthough discharge document shows nil service overseas it also shows loss of left thumb due gunshot wound in trenches before Sebastopol 4th December 1854. (Before refers to location not prior as in time)
British Army, Worldwide Index
1851 Location Newcastle on Tyne
1851 Census HO 107/2397/297 Sunderland Durham
Martin Comerford (sic) unmarried age 21, Private soldier 33rd Regt born Ireland
Martin Commerford was a member of the Geraldton Municipal Council for many years. He was also the quarter master and sergeant for the Geraldton Rifle Volunteers He was a well-liked and respected man as shown in his obituaries. His daughter Susan followed him into the Post Office where she worked for all her adult life. His daughter Mary was the wife of the Chief Secretary JM Drew.
Land Geraldton
Lots 265&267 (Could be 268) about ½ acre each. Opposite J. Wellcock Centre. 265 (near beach)
Lot 20 Lester Avenue, South side ¼ acre Now Wheat Board Office (Land Information Stan Gratte)
SROWA Cons 527/1891/309 On 18 September 1890 Ellen Commerford wrote to the Resident Magistrate Geraldton requesting “a substantial recognition of the service rendered by my late husband during his long service under the Government.”
She detailed Martin Commerford’s service from when he was appointed as a Custom’s officer in 1858 at a rate of £35 per annum which was later increased to £50 per annum. In May 0f 1864 he was appointed to the additional role of Post Master with an added income of £25 per annum, both were increased to £60 in 1870 and 1873 respectively. In 1886 the joint income was increased to £200 per annum. He also was responsible for the telegraph department from 1874. For 31 years he had never taken leave of absence. The RM referred the request to the appropriate channels and in 1893 she was awarded a gratuity of £100. After another approach to the Resident magistrate she was awarded another £100 in 1897.
Her daughter Susan was the administrator of her will which amounted to £1654/6/5 after all her debts were paid. The balance was distributed evenly between her 4 daughters
The sponsors at the baptism of Bridget Commiford (sic) were Cornelius Glasson and Maria Fitzgerald.