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50th Regiment Cap Badge
Sutlej Campaign Medal Ferozeshuhur, Aliwal and Sobraon
NameGORMAN – John
Regiment (s)50th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1797
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
11th June 1841 / 18 years / Liverpool England
Description – Height
5 Ft 5 in
Swarthy / Grey / Light Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 4 years 220 days
Length of Service5 years 23 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 13th July 1847 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsHe had medals for his service in India type not specified- see obituary
Sutlej Medal for Moodkee Clasps Ferozeshuhur Aliwal and Sobraon
Intended Residence at
London England
Pension Districts1847 2nd North London
Pension Paid8d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
16th July 1851 Plymouth England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
MINDEN 14th October 1851
Date/Place of Birthc1823 Chelsea Middlesex England
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
c1828 Sligo Ireland
Date/Place of Marriage5th November 1848 Strand London
Children by 1st WifeMary Calistus B 2 September 1849 London
Bp 7 October 1849 Soho Square Westminster London
M JONES Alfred 1871 Fremantle WA
D 26 February 1925 Bur Karrakatta RC Cemetery
Ellen Minden
B 2 August 1851 at sea
Bp 24 August 1851 on board the Minden also 9 November 1851 Perth WA
M GOODMAN Thomas 1876 Perth WA
D 29 August 1919 West Perth Bur Karrakatta RC
Elizabeth Minden
B 2 August 1851 at sea
Bp 24 August 1851 on board the Minden also 9 November 1851 Perth WA
James McDonough B 1855 Perth Western Australia
Walter John B 1857 Perth Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
2nd Wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Date/Place of Marriage c1862 Perth Western Australia
Children by 2nd WifeJohn Phillip B 1863 Western Australia
M FISHER Catherine Belmont 1887 Albany WA
D 14 September 1925 Bur Karrakatta Cemetery
GORMAN Julia b 13 August 1869 Perth WA
D 15 August 1869 Perth WA
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Enrolled Pensioner Force Commandant’s Clerk
Sergeant Major to the Garrison Company and Staff Sergeant to the Staff Officer of Pensioners (will)
Newspaper ArticlesInquirer and Commercial News Wednesday 24 April 1872
page 1 Obituary
The Inquirer and Commercial News Wednesday 24th April 1872 – page 2
The Perth Gazette and West Australian Times Friday 26th April 1872 – page 2 Death of John
Perth Gazette and Independent Journal of Politics and news Friday 16 June 1854 page 3 Staff Sergeant Gorman gives evidence in court case.
WA Record Saturday 6 September 1919 page 19 Obituary Ellen Goodman
The Daily News Friday 18 June 1920 page 7 Funeral notice Julia Rowe
The Daily News Friday 27 February 1925 page 8 Funeral Notice Mary Jones
Western Mail Thursday 24 September 1925 page 35 death notice John Phillip
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial13th April 1872 Stirling Street Perth Western Australia
East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1st Wife
8th June 1860 Perth Western Australia
East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
2nd Wife
Julia Rowe died 17 June 1920 age 90 Guildford WA Bur Karrakatta Cemetery RC
Will or ProbateSROWA Cons 3403/1875/481
On 24 September 1871 John Gorman made his will leaving his house and land at Stirling Street Perth and all his worldly possessions to his wife Julia Gorman. Julia Gorman was named as sole executrix.
Further InformationPrior to enlisting in the British army John had been studying for the priesthood having accompanied Dr Golding to Port Jackson in 1835 finding he was not suited to the priesthood he returned to London and enlisted in the British army. (See profile FamilyWest Library EPG files)
John was discharge due to an injury to his index finger of his left hand caused by an injury at the battle of Sobraon 10 February 1846. He had been present at the action at Punniar, and the army of Sutlej 1845-6 and present at the action at Moodkee, Ferozoshar, Aliwal, and Sobraon.
In the 1851 Census John Gorman is living with his wife Catherine and daughter Mary at Palace St. Westminster, London
John Gorman wrote a journal of the voyage of the Minden wherein he mentions the birth of his daughters, deaths at sea and any major events of the voyage as well as a muster held in Perth shortly after the ships arrival.
John Gorman was given the local rank of Sergeant major
After John’s death Julia married detective Thomas Rowe in 1875 at Fremantle WA