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James Gorman by Jean McDonald and Peter Conole EPG Gazette October 2009

13th Regiment Somerset Light Infantry Cap Badge
An Afghan War Medal
Worked Albany King George Sound 1860
Albany. Stocks at the Old Convict Gaol – built in 1851 as a convict prison
NameGORMAN – James
Regiment (s)13th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1301
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
28th December 1838 / 20 years / Dublin Ireland
Hair Dresser
Description – Height
5 Ft  5¾ in
Fresh / Grey / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 4 years 9 months
Gibraltar – 6 months
Length of Service13 years 3 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeCorporal /10th February 1852 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsThree medals for service in India Afghan Campaign: further information needed
Intended Residence at
Not stated
Pension Districts1852 1st Belfast
1853-1882 Western Australia
Pension Paid8d per diem for 3 years
1855 awarded deferred pension of 4d per diem on attaining 60 years of age
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 Birth1818 St Thomas Dublin 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
B 1834 Ireland
Date/Place of MarriageThere were two records of a marriage between James Gorman and Ellen Fields
1st 20th December 1849 Dublin Ireland
2nd 3rd April 1850 St Patrick’s Belfast City Belfast Antrim Ireland
Children by 1st WifeMarella/ Marcella B 1850
Bp 12th April 1850 St. Patrick’s Belfast City Belfast Antrim Ireland
D 1863 Albany ? Western Australia
Bur 27th April 1863 Skinner Street Cemetery Fremantle WA
Lawrence B 12th September 1852 Belfast Ireland
M COWDON Margaret 1875 Albany Western Australia
D 27th November 1947 Bunbury Western Australia
Obit South West times (Bunbury) 4th December 1947
James B Bunbury 1854 Western Australia
M BISPAN /BISPHAN Emma 1878 Mount Barker Western Australia
D 3rd September 1936 Western Australia
Obit Albany Advertiser 10th September 1936
Rosanna B 1857 Fremantle Western Australia
M ROBINSON Arthur William 18th August 1879 Albany Western Australia
D 28th July 1930 Mt Lawley Western Australia bur Karrakatta
Christopher B 1861 Fremantle Western Australia
M SULLIVAN Bridget 1882 Albany Western Australia
D 24 February 1921 Albany Western Australia Bur Albany
Eliza B 1863 Fremantle Western Australia
M WIMBRIDGE David 1883 Albany Western Australia son of EPG William Wimbridge
D 19th January 1934 Guildford Western Australia Bur Karrakatta
Edward B 1865 Albany West Australia
D 1867
Matthew John B 1867 Albany Western Australia
M SEYMOUR Mary 1907 Perth Western Australia
D 14th July 1939 Merredin Western Australia
Obit Merredin Mercury and Central Districts Index Thursday 20th July 1939 page 5
Ellen B 1869 Albany West Australia
M O’CONNOR Patrick 1888 Albany Western Australia
D 20 Aug 1904 Fremantle, Bur Fremantle Cemetery
Marsala/Marcella B 1872 Albany Western Australia
D 8th December 1916 West Perth Western Australia, B Karrakatta Cemetery
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
Not applicable
Occupation after
1853-1871 employed by Convict Establishment without sanction of Staff Officer Pensions
He had an extensive and varied career as a warder working in the Albany district from 1864 where he elected to take his pension
Pension of £30/7/9 paid from 7th March 1871 increased to from 1st March 1871
Special Constable Albany 1873
Newspaper ArticlesThe Albany Mail and King George’s Sound Advertiser Mon 1 Jan 1883 James Gorman Death

The Albany Advertiser Sat 12 Feb 1898 – Memorial Notice for Ellen Gorman

Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial24th December 1882 Albany Western Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
February 14 1896 Albany Western Australia
Memorial Park; Roman Catholic – Albany
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide index
1841 James Gorman 1201 Private 13th Foot location On route to join at time of muster Cabul Afghanistan
1851 Corporal James Gorman 1301 13th Foot location Stirling Scotland and Manchester
Discharged from service at Chatham due to varicose veins in both legs which first appeared on the Retreat from Cabul in 1842Upon arrival West Aust. Employed by Convict Establishment without sanction of Staff Officer Pensions. Feb 1855 correspondence with War Office – refused further pension which ceased 4/3/1855, same day employed as Special Constable Albany, awarded deferred pension of 4d.
Following Gorman’s death his widow (Ellen) corresponded with War Office in 1883 requesting assistance – reply ‘no funds’.
He employed 2 T/L men 1871 – 1872 Albany
1883 widow corresponded (unsuccessfully) with War Office asking for assistance