GORMAN – James 13th Regiment

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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 / 18 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 Service12 years 327 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 Dublin
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 Birth1819 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 Marriage20th December 1849 Dublin Ireland
Children by 1st WifeMarella or Marsella B 1850 (deduced)
D 1863 Albany Western Australia
Lawrence B 12th September 1852 Dublin Ireland
M COWDON Margaret 1875 Albany Western Australia
D 1947 Bunbury Western Australia
James B Bunbury 1854 Western Australia
M BISPAN Emma 1878 Mount Barker Western Australia
D 1936 Western Australia
Rosanna B 1857 Fremantle Western Australia
M ROBINSON Arthur William 18th August 1879 Albany Western Australia
D 28th July 1930 Albany Western Australia bur Karakatta
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 1934 Guildford Western Australia Bur Karakatta
Edward B 1865 Albany West Australia D 1867
Matthew John B 1867 Albany Western Australia
M SEYMOUR Mary 1907 Perth Western Australia
D 1939 Merriden Western Australia
Ellen B 1869 Albany West Australia
M O’CONNOR Patrick 1888 Albany Western Australia
D 20 Aug 1904 Fremantle, Bur Fremantle Cemetery
Marsala B 1872 Albany Western Australia
D 1916 West Perth Western Australia, B Karakatta 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 employed by Convict Establishment without sanction of Staff Officer Pensions
4th March 1855 employed as Special Constable at Albany
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/Burial22nd 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 InformationDischarged from service at Chatham due to varicose veins in both legs which first appeared on the Retreat from Cabul in 1842

Upon 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

Albany1883 widow corresponded (unsuccessfully) with War Office asking for assistance