GANE / GAME – Charles Royal Marines and 17th Regiment

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NameGANE / GAME – Charles Hessman
Regiment (s)Royal Marines and 17th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 920 – 17th Regiment
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
1) Royal Marines
August 1827 / 16 years / Portsmouth England
Wool Comber
2) 17th Regiment
15th March 1833 / 23 years 4 months / Leicester England
Description – Height
5 Ft 7½ in
Fresh / Grey / Fair / None
Overseas Service/Duration(With 17th Regiment)
New South Wales – 3 years
East Indies – 10 years 5 months
Length of Service1) Royal Marines: 4 years 3 months 17 days (bought himself out of the Royal Marines for £20)
2) 17th Regiment: 15 years 275 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 10th April 1849 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsGhuznee Medal (1839 Afghanistan)
Intended Residence at
c1810 Hitchin Hertfordshire England
Pension Districts1849 Halifax
1850 Leicester
1853-1861 Western Australia
Pension Paid8d 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 Birth16th November 1811 Hitchen Hertfordshire England
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
GANE James
16th November 1777 Hitchen Hertfordshire England
Date/Place of Birth
BODEN Sophia
10th August 1781 Hitchen Hertfordshire England
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
22 May 1818 Wigston Leicestershire England
Date/Place of Marriage16th June 1850
St Margaret’s (C. of E) Leicester Leicestershire England
Children by 1st WifeCharles William B 6th January 1851 Leicester England
D 23rd June 1851 Leicester England
Charles William B 29th February 1852 Leicester England
D 20th May 1855 Fremantle Western Australia
Louisa B 4th July 1854 Fremantle Western Australia
D 4th November 1938 Fremantle Hospital Western Australia
James Samuel B 14th August 1856 Fremantle Western Australia
D 4th October 1856 Fremantle Western Australia
Samuel Joseph or James B 14th August 1856 Fremantle Western Australia
D 12th November 1919 Perth Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Fremantle Cemetery Western Australia
Caroline Jane B 15th March 1858 Fremantle Western Australia
D 11th December 1858 Fremantle Western Australia
Edmund Charles B 30th June 1861 Guildford Western Australia
D August 1861 Fremantle Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
DURANT Susannah
Not yet known
2nd Husband of WifeGAY John (convict on Lincelles)
B 1826 Not yet known D 1884
Date/Place of Marriage1868 Fremantle Western Australia
Children by 2nd HusbandNone
Land Grants Western
Not yet known
Occupation after
1853-1857 Assistant Warder Fremantle
1857-1861 Warder at Convict settlement Guildford
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette 22 March 1861 : “Charles Gane was found drowned in the Swan near Guildford. The deceased left his house on Saturday afternoon, and was not again seen alive, and from the circumstance of his having divested himself of his watch and whatever money he had on his person before he left his house, it is presumed that the unfortunate man terminated his existence while laboring under a fit of temporary insanity. The deceased was generally deemed of unsound mind.”
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/BurialMarch 1861 Guildford Western Australia (found drowned near Guildford)
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1884 Fremantle Western Australia (as GANE)
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationElizabeth Gane’s brother Thomas Davenport was also an EPG, traveling with his wife and children to Western Australia aboard the “Dudbrook” .

Elizabeth second husband, John Gay, had previously been convicted in the London Central Criminal Court in 1860 with stabbing with intent, for which he was sentenced to life and transported to WA. On 4th January 1865 he received his Ticket of leave issued at Fremantle. On 22nd May 1872 a Conditional Pardon was issued at Fremantle. Discharged from ‘Horse Guards’ at Chatham as ‘being unfit for Service’, suffering from long standing Hepatic Disease & Dyspepsia (unable to carry pack). During the voyage to WA aboard Dudbrook wife Elizabeth had to attend sick bay’ a number of times during November & December 1852.


Barker’s Warders and Gaolers summary of Widow Gane : “Widow received £13 from Pensioners Benevolent Society. Paid 5s per week from Compassionate Fund for 6 months from 18.3.1861. Widow left destitute; pregnant with two young children. She has suffered real poverty [and] deprivation in silence…(RM. Fremantle 13.4.1863)…has been a hard working industrious person…having always taken care in the midst of her poverty that her children should regularly attend my Sunday School…(Reverend Bostock 12.4.1864). Granted outdoor relief 16.4.1864 for remainder of current month. If unable to provide for herself; to go to Poor House.”