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McCOURT – James 18th Regiment

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18th Regiment Royal Irish Cap Badge
Name McCourt – James
Regiment (s)18th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 942
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
10th January 1835 / 18 years / Newry Down Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 6¾ in
Sallow / Hazel / Black / None
Overseas Service/DurationCeylon – 3 years 2 months
China – 7 years 6 months
India – 6 years 4 months
Length of Service21 years 72 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 29th July 1856 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNone known
Intended Residence at
St. Werburgh Parish Dublin Dublin Ireland
Pension Districts1856 1st Dublin
1856 Newry
1857 1st Dublin
1862 Bermuda (in transit)
1863-1882 Western Australia
1882-1885 Melbourne Victoria Australia
Pension Paid9d per diem
1873 Increased to 1/1½d per diem for service Enrolled Force
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
30th October 1862 Gravesend England (via Bermuda)
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
MERCHANTMAN 15th February 1863
Date/Place of Birthc1817 Bundoran Donegal 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 1840 or 1844 Ireland
Date/Place of Marriage3rd November 1858 Kingston Dublin Ireland
Children by 1st WifeHugh James (Hugo) B 26th September 1859 6 Great Longford Street Dublin Dublin Ireland
D 15th February 1924 Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Timothy B 18th April 1861 28 Towd Street Dublin Dublin Ireland
D 8th August 1940 Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Daniel (David) B 3rd December 1862 at sea
M BYRNE Helen1889 Caulfield Victoria Australia
D 1931 South Melbourne Victoria Australia
Marion (Marian) (or Maria Anna or Mary Ann) B 24th April 1867 Fremantle Western Australia
M 1st COWAN Henry 1889 Victoria
M 2nd KIDMAN Charles Norman/Nunn 11th July 1900 Adelaide South Australia
D 26th September 1902 Perth Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western AustraliaWilliam Thomas Reddin B 12th October 1868 Western Australia
MANNING Maria 1894 Perth Western Australia
D 2nd February 1945 East Fremantle Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Fremantle Cemetery Western Australia
John B 1877 Western Australia
M BEERE Margaret 1904 Perth Western Australia
D 27th November 1947 Subiaco Western Australia
bur Presbyterian Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
RIDDAN (sic) Hugh James
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
1st September 1881 Application for Fee Simple for Victoria Lot 20 Bootenal –
20 acres 3roods 36 perches
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesTThe Argus 14th May 1885 – page 1
The West Australian Friday 22nd February 1918 page 1 Funeral notice Essy McCourt
Departure from Western
c1882 to Victoria Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial12th May 1885 River Street Yarraberg Victoria Australia
Boroondara General Cemetery Kew Victoria Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
21st February 1918 Subiaco Western Australia
Roman Catholic Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1851 James McCourt 942 Private 18th Foot location Hong Kong and Canton
1861 James McCourt 942 Private 18th Foot location Fort William Calcutta
Discharge due to chronic rheumatism.
The Surgeon Superintendent of the Merchantman considered James McCourt’s conduct Very Good despite neglecting to take his bed on deck and having dirty water in his berth – liquor lost for 3 days. Mrs McCourt he considered ‘a violent and most un-manageable woman. She was reported to me by her husband for keeping company with single men on-board and refusing to come to bed at 10pm’. Timothy McCourt age 1 year 8 months received medical treatment during the voyage.
Mr and Mrs James McCourt sailed from Champion Bay 31st March 1882 as passengers on the Otway to Fremantle and then James left Western Australia for Victoria while Esther, Hugh, Timothy and John remained at Perth. Daniel and Mary Ann also went to the Eastern States about this time.
Cons 3403/1919/198 Essy McCourt
Will of Essy McCourt dated 1 October 1917
I, Essy McCourt leave to my sons Hugh James and Timothy McCourt all I possess to be equally dived between them at my death.
Witnesses: Catherine Blair & Martha Parker
The estate valued at 238 pounds was made up of:
Real estate being Perth Suburban Lot 241 and being lot 65 on plan 326. Improvements being a 3 roomed weather board house in Robinson Street Subiaco with a value of 230 poundsSecond marriage of Marian (Mary Ann) McCourt was to Charles Nunn Kidman the brother of Sir Sydney Kidman so we have a link to the Kidman Family amongst our pensioners although she died after 2 years because of a botched operation. Newspaper reports make interesting reading it looks as if she had an abortion previous to her second marriage which made it impossible for her to have other children (she had a son Henry Cowan) and when she tried to have the damage repaired it all went wrong as she died and resulted in a lengthy court case when he husband sued.