DAVIS – John Law HEIC 2nd Madras European Light Infantry

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John Law Davis arrived Dudbrook 1853

The Law Davis property 1 Surrey Street Guildford

John Law Davis and Family EPG Gazette January 2008

Class of 1853 – EPFs Who became Constables – by Peter Conole and Jean McDonald – April 2013 EPG Gazette

NameDAVIS – John Law
Regiment (s)HEIC 2nd Madras European Light Infantry
Regiment Number (s) 235
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
c1846 / 24 years /  Not yet known
Description – Height
5 Ft 6½ in
Fair / Hazel / Dark Brown / Head injury
Overseas Service/DurationHEIC Madras Presidency – 2 years
10th November 1847 embarked from England for India per “Thetis”
Length of Service2 years 4 months
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 17th April 1850 / Not yet known
Campaign MedalsNot yet known
Intended Residence at
Not yet known
Pension Districts1850 2nd East London
1853 – 1870 Western Australia
Pension Paid9d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
22nd November 1852 London England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
DUDBROOK 7th February 1853
Date/Place of Birthc1827 Newry Down Ireland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
DAVIS Benjamin
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
LAW Martha
1796 Wales
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
WOOD Amelia Sarah
B Not yet known
Date/Place of Marriage3rd July 1856 location not yet known
Children by 1st WifeAmelia B 1857 Swan District Western Australia
M YOUNG William 5th June 1876 Western Australia
William Henry B 19th June 1858 Western Australia
M HARDWICK Ada Emily 16th June 1887 Western Australia
D 6th August 1931 Western Australia
bur Baptist Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Frederick B 1859 Western Australia
D 6th July 1918 Western Australia
John B 1863 Western Australia
D 1865 Guildford Western Australia
Benjamin Henry B 1863 Western Australia
M OAKLEY Arabella Jane 1st June 1884 Western Australia
D 11th November 1930 Claremont Western Australia
Elizabeth (Bessie) Fanny B 1866 Western Australia
M SINCLAIR George Jeffrey 6th November 1889 C. of E. Perth Western Australia
Joseph B 16th August 1868
M MONK Sarah 26th March 1899
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
WOOD Peter
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Not yet known
2nd Husband of WifeBATES John
Date/Place of Marriage1873 Western Australia
Children by 2nd HusbandMaria Sarah
B 1873 Guildford
M STYLES Charles F 1911 Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia
D 27/09/1943 Belmont, Perth, Western Australia
John Thomas
B 1875 Guildford
D 08/02/1942 Maylands, Western Australia
Land Grants Western
1857 occupying West Guildford Lot P114: 10th October 1864 applied for Title to West Guildford Lot P114
(Title Deeds data SRO Cons 5000/477 – DAVIES)
The property did not pass to his wife, although she lived there until her death in 1890.
The Law Davis property 1 Surrey Street Guildford has been renovated and is still standing. The cottage was lived in until after WWII and was eventually handed over to the care of Bassendean Historical Society who maintain it.
Occupation after
Caretaker / Guard of unoccupied EPF cottages at Guildford
Served briefly as a WA Police Constable (Source: Broomhall, F.W. The Veterans B73)
Newspaper ArticlesThe West Australian, 11 May 1909 Obituary A S Bates (Amelia Sarah Wood)
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial2nd June 1870 Western Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
8  May 1909 Jolimont, Perth Western Australia
Karrakatta Cemetery
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationDischarged due to injury on head from accident on duty, during India mutiny.

On the 27th November, 1857 after his arrival in Western Australia John Law Davis was made caretaker of the EPF cottages at Guildford. Several cottages were built in the vicinity of Surrey St and North Rd but only one was still standing in the 1940s. Among them was one called ‘The Retreat’ at 1 Surry St which was used by Law Davis – (Lot P114 – Title Deeds data SRO Cons 5000/477 – Davis). and remained the home of Law Davis until his death in 1870.

Law Davis served briefly as a WA Police Constable (Source: Broomhall, F.W. The Veterans B73; Bicentennial Dictionary of Western Australians Vol. 2, D-G P781). His Grandson Ernest William a public servant who began work as a messenger in the WA Police Force and eventually ended up as a member of the Police Commissioner’s office staff. (Source: Bentley, M. Grandfather was a
Policeman p.36 & Bicentennial Dictionary Vol. 2, PP776 and Western Australia Police: service record of Ernest William Davis)