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James Rourke – WA Quarter Sessions – February 2010 EPG Gazette

Claremont Pensioner Guard Village October 2010 and July 2011 EPG Gazette

27th Regiment Inniskilling Crest
South Africa Medal
NameROURKE – James
Regiment (s)27th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 266
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
18 May 1825 / 16 years / Belturbet Cavan Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 5 in
Fresh  / Grey / Grey / None
Overseas Service/DurationWest Indies – 4 years 335 days
Cape of Good Hope – 12 years 230 days
Length of Service21 years 19 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 13 June 1848 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsSouth Africa Medal (Kaffir Campaign) 1834-1853
Intended Residence at
Ashton under Lyne Manchester England
Pension Districts1848 1st Manchester District
1848 2nd West London District
1850 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
4th March 1850 Portsmouth Hampshire England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
SCINDIAN 1st June 1850
Date/Place of Birthc1809 Drumlane Killishander Cavan 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
Not yet known
Date/Place of Marriage23RD January 1832 St. John Limerick Ireland
Children by 1st WifeMargaret B c1837 unknown location
M HANNON/HANNAN George 4th October 1852 Fremantle Western Australia
James B c1849 unknown location
D 10th April 1850 on board the Scindian
Thomas B Not yet known
D Not yet known
Mary Jane B 1851 Fremantle Western Australia
D Not yet known
Unknown Child
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
1850 assigned Lots P15 and P17 at Freshwater Bay – Resigned them
Occupation after
6th October 1850- 1st November 1850 temporary warder Convict Establishment
Recommended he be appointed as Warder to Mr. Hillman’s land party.
17th May 1851 reappointed Warder
Dismissed 20th June 1852
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette 14th June 1850
The Perth Gazette and Independent Journal of Politics and News Friday 8th October 1852 page 3 Trial of James Rourke
The Inquirer and Commercial News Wednesday 7th November 1855 page 2 Passenger list Vivid
Departure from Western
1st November 1855 Mrs Rourke and 3 children left Western Australia per Vivid for South Australia
Date/Place of Death/BurialNot yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 James Rourke 266 Private 27th Ft Depot location Templemore and Galway
Discharge due to chronic rheumatism
After the arrival of the Scindian at Fremantle Captain Henderson wrote a report listing the rank name, trade or calling, rate of pension, date of enlistment for 5 months service, marital status, and number of children for each pensioner. Sometimes the trade of calling differed from that recorded at the time of attestation:
Private James Rourke, indecipherable, 1/-, 17th January, married 5 children
6th October 1852 convicted of stealing a whetstone the property of Thomas Kneale and sentenced to 6 months imprisonment with hard labour and pension suspended
1854 Refused restoration of pension by War Office