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Claremont Pensioner Guard Village October 2010 and July 2011 EPG Gazette

40th Somersetshire Regiment
Bronze Star
NameGORDON – Andrew
Regiment (s)40th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 732
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
20th February 1834 / 19 years / Athlone Galway Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 9¾ in
Fresh / Blue / Light Brown /None
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 7 years
Lower & Upper Scinde Baluchistan & Afghanistan – 3 years 11 months
Length of Service15 years 277 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeCorporal / 6th November 1849 / Dublin Ireland
Campaign MedalsMedal for 2nd Afghan Campaign with Kandahar Ghuznee and Kabul clasps
1842 Present at the Battle of Mahan States of Scinde
29th December 1843 granted a Bronze Star
Intended Residence at
Dudley Worcester England
Pension Districts1849 Wolverhampton England
1850-1855 Western Australia
1856-1862 Melbourne Victoria Australia
1865-1871 Victoria
Pension Paid10d 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 Birth1815 Roscommon 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
c1825 Not yet known
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeAndrew B 1851 Perth Western Australia
D 1851 Perth Western Australia
bur 8th November 1851 East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Margaret B 1852 Fremantle Western Australia
Thomas B Not yet known
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
16th July 1850 assigned and occupied P 222 and P241 at Butler’s Swamp/ Freshwater Bay Total acreage 10 acres
Occupation after
Policeman (Reference The Perth Gazette Friday 12th October 1855 page 3)
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette 14th June 1850
Departure from Western
28th October 1855 Left Western Australia without wife and children and arrived 18th November 1855 in Adelaide per Sara
Date/Place of Death/Burial1871 Victoria (Alexander)
Date/Place of Death/Burial
A Mary Ann Gordon died and was buried East Perth Cemetery on 6th October 1875 age 55.
Will or ProbateNone known
Further Information‘Granted a medal inscribed “Candahar” “ Ghuznee” “ Cabool” 1842 for Affghan campaign. Present at the battle of Maharajpore states of Scindiah 27th December 1843. Granted a bronze star’.
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 Andrew Gordon, clerk, 10d, 19th January, married
30th January 1851 Captain Henderson proposed that a gratuity of £5 be paid to the pensioners who instructed the children on the Scindian namely Corporal Gordon and Private Roffey – the Governor divided the £5 between the two men.
Corporal Gordon was also a signatory to 2 petitions regarding the legal right of the pensioners’ families in the event of the pensioners death and the granting of Fee Simple.
29th June 1857 Lt Col Bruce recorded the stoppage from his pension for the support of his wife and children and furthermore recommended 2/3 of his pension be transmitted for their support. After quitting WA Andrew Gordon was charged £3/11/7 for the passage of his wife and in addition had a stoppage on his pension for her support in Western Australia which amounted to £15/3/11 from 1st January 1856 – 30th June 1857