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50th Regiment Cap Badge
Sutlej Campaign Medal Ferozeshuhur, Aliwal and Sobraon
NameRAY – Thomas
Regiment (s)50th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1894
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
26th June 1841 / 18 years 6 months / London Middlesex England
Description – Height
5 Ft 7 in
Sallow / Grey / Fair / None
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 5 years 286 days
Length of Service7 years 93 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 26th February 1848 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsSutlej Medal exergue Moodkee clasps Ferozeshuhur Aliwal and Sobraon
Intended Residence at
Bethnal Green London England
Pension Districts1848 1st East London
1854-1857 Western Australia
1857-1861 Victoria
Pension Paid7d per diem – Temporary 2 years until 30th September 1850
From 1st October 1850 increased to 8d per diem and made Permanent 7th January 1851
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
5th May 1854 Plymouth England via Gibraltar
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
RAMILLIES 7th August 1854
Date/Place of Birthc1823 St Pancras London England
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
RAY Thomas
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
B 1821 New South Wales
Date/Place of Marriage9 November 1847 Garrison Fort William
Children by 1st WifeJane born 1859 Melbourne Victoria died aged 1 day 1859
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Fruit hawker from a cart
Newspaper ArticlesThe Age Friday 22 March 1861 page 5 Inquest into death of Thomas Ray
Departure from Western
1857 to Victoria
Date/Place of Death/Burial19 March 1861 Melbourne Victoria
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNot yet known
Further InformationIn action at Punniar on 29 December 1843 and served with the Army of the Sutledge in 1845 & 6 was present in the actions at Moodkee Ferozeshuhur Aliwal and Sobraon.
British Army, Worldwide Index
1841 Thomas Ray 1894 location Depot Chatham, Kent
Discharge due to total loss of vision in right eye and impaired sight in left eye (ophthalmic)
1851 Census HO 107/1547/140/26 Thomas ray and his family are living at Batty Gardens St. George in the East London Middlesex
Thomas is aged 28 a labourer and Chelsea Pensioners, born St. Pancras Middlesex is living with his wife Mary A Ray, aged 30 born New South Wales and her two children Elizabeth McCartney aged 13 born New South Wales and Henry McCartney age 7 born East Indies. (The name is spelt McCarthy where as it was actually McCartney as on the India and NSW records and later in Victoria.) WO23 for 1861 states was killed Melbourne in Railway Station accident. This statement is a bit misleading as he actually died after falling from his cart outside the St Kilda station being carted off to the watch tower overnight thought to be drunk and died the next morning from concussion
The report of the Inquest is available on the Archives of Victoria site.
1st marriage of Mary Anne Dickens father Daniel DICKENS
McCARTNEY Arthur B 1814 D 26 July 1847 Fort William India
M 13 March 1837 St Matthew Windsor New South Wales (Anglican)
Elizabeth born 1838 New South Wales
M BROWN James 1865 Melbourne Victoria
Possibly D 11 July 1904 St. Kilda Melbourne Victoria
Henry born 24 April 1843 Cawnpore Bengal India
Bp 8 May 1843 Cawnpore India
M SCOTT Sarah Ann
D 1874 age 32 Melbourne Victoria
Both Thomas and Mary received medical attention on the voyage of the Ramillies Mary for a miscarriage (abortion) and Thomas for an ulcer.