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DURNIN – James / John 38th Regiment

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38th Regiment 1856 Uniforms
Granted land at Coogee – Pensioner Guard Memorial


NameDURNIN – James / John
Regiment (s)38th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1713
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
10th January 1839 / 20 years / Enniskillen Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 9 in
Sallow / Grey / Dark brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationMediterranean – 2 years 6 month
Gibraltar – 2 years 8 months
Jamaica – 2 years
Length of Service14 years 310 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 22nd November 1853 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Not stated
Pension Districts1853 London South
1854 Turkey
1854 Enniskillen
1856 Monaghan
1857 Enniskillen
1858 Newry
1859 Armagh
1859 Drogheda
1860 Cavan
1860 Newry
1860 Monaghan
1861-1879 Western Australia
Pension Paid6d per diem
20th May 1879 Increased to 1/0d per diem  for 17 years’ service in the Enrolled Force Western Australia
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
10th November 1860 Portland Dorset England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
PALMERSTON 11th February 1861
Date/Place of Birth1819 Derivolland Lisnarrick Fermanagh Ireland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
DURNIN Charles
B 1778 Ireland
Date/Place of Birth
UNKNOWN Catherine
B 1782 Ireland
Not yet known
SiblingsWilliam B 1804
Bernard B 1806
Charles B 1815
John B 1820
Eloner (sic) B 1807
Sarah B 1810
Catherine B 1817
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
Not yet known
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeCharles Andrew B 1857 (deduced)
D 20th March 1922 Fremantle Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
James B 1862 (deduced) Western Australia
M DUNN Mary Jane Western Australia
D 16th January 1930 East Fremantle Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Fremantle Cemetery Western Australia
Edward B 1st September 1864 Western Australia
M PENNY Ann 1888 Greenhills (near Northam) Western Australia
D 10th August 1935 Mt Lawley Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Mary Ann B 24th June 1866 Perth Western Australia
bap 2nd July 1866 Perth Western Australia
M REID Forbes Charles James 1901 Western Australia
D 11th November 1919 Claremont Western Australia
bur Presbyterian Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Helena B and D 1869 Fremantle Western Australia
Buried Skinner Street Cemetery Fremantle WA
Patrick B 11th February/March 1870
bap 18th April 1870 Fremantle WA
M BIDSTRUP Florence Gertrude 1901 Northam Western Australia
D 28th October 1938 South Fremantle Western Australia
bur Presbyterian Section Fremantle Cemetery Western Australia
Catherine B 21st December 1871 Western Australia
bap 17th January 1872 Fremantle WA
M HOCKING William Robinson 1892 Fremantle Western Australia
D 12th July 1904 Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Fremantle Cemetery Western Australia
William B 20th October 1873 Western Australia
bap 7th November 1873 Fremantle Western Australia
M LEE Annie 1932 Fremantle Western Australia
D 26th July 1941 East Perth Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Elizabeth B 7th September 1876 Western Australia
bap 2nd October 1876 Fremantle Western Australia
M McCORRY Alma Constantine 1894 Northam Western Australia
D 7th May 1923 Nungarin 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
Assigned 7th November 1876 Location P7 Lake Koojee Cockburn Sound
20 acres, Title Application made 23rd February 1884 (Title 5/215)
Occupation after
Police Constable in charge of the Toodyay lockup in 1865
Temporary Assistant Warder at Fremantle Prison for periods between 1867-1869
Newspaper ArticlesWest Australian Thursday 23rd March 1922 – page 1
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial15th December 1879 Fremantle Western Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
24th December 1888 Western Australia
Not yet known
Will or Probate In 1899 second son James applied for Letters of Administration to administer his father’s estate as his mother had died in 1888. His older brother Charles Andrew had left the state and the family believed he had since died. Lot P7 at Lake Coogee was the only asset – valued at £100 (SROWA Cons 3458/1899/091)
Further Information1841 Worldwide Army index 1841
James Durnin, 1713, Private 38th Location Zante, Ionian Islands. WO12/5206
1851 Worldwide Army index 1851
James Durnin, 1713, Private, 38th, location Depot Chester Castle
Discharge due to varicose veins in the left leg partly caused by military service and partly by constitutional informality
James Durnin’s pension was paid in Turkey in January 1854 and although his WO22 does not state it – he could have been recruited for the Ambulance Corps.
The Ambulance Corps was raised in 1854 for non- combatant service at the Crimean war battlefields they were former Army servicemen who had been discharged to pension. Consisting of four officers and two hundred other ranks and equipped with wagons for transporting the wounded and the necessary medical supplies they embarked at Woolwich on the 10th June 1854 for duty at Crimea where they were to act as stretcher bearers on the battlefield, provide transport for the sick and wounded from battle field to hospital, serve as hospital orderlies and servants for the medical staff. Totally untrained and already found unfit for service in the Army the Corps was not a success and within twelve months was disbanded the pensioners returned to the UK and their duties taken over by the Land Transport Corps and the Medical Staff CorpsFremantle Police Files AN5 Cons 419,
Item 3 Occurrence book 1 May 1869-24 June 1869
13 November 1868. JAS DURNIN, pensioner, summonsed Joseph Dean CP for assaulting his wife MARY ANN DURNIN on the 8th inst. Dismissed, DURNIN having committed the first assault.
8 December 1868. MARY ANN DURNIN, summonsed Eliza Daw, married woman for assaulting her on the 7th by throwing water over her. Fined 5/- or 48 hours imprisonment.
Item 5 Occurrence Book 20 September 1871-22 August 1872
3 November 1871. J. DURNIN, pensioner, brought to station at 8pm J. Brennan who absconded from the invalid depot at 3pm.
1821 Census of Derryvullan, Fermanagh, Lisnarrick Village Piece 182
All information regards the Durnin Family but it says James was aged 8 making his D of B 1813.