THORNTON – James 16th Regiment and Royal Canadian Rifles

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NameTHORNTON – James
Regiment (s)16th Regiment and Royal Canadian Rifles
Regiment Number (s) 1675 (16th)
98 (Royal Canadian Rifles)
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
11th May 1841 / 20 years / Glasgow Lanarkshire Scotland
Weaver
Description – Height
Complexion/Eyes/Hair/Scars
5 Ft 6½ in
Fresh / Blue / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationWest Indies – 1 Year
North America – 7 years 6 months
Length of Service21 years 59 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 8th July 1862 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Discharge
Glasgow Scotland
Pension Districts1862 2nd Glasgow
1864 Tilbury
1864-1868 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/1d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
1st July 1864 Portland Dorset England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
MERCHANTMAN 2th September 1864
Date/Place of Birthc1821 Bleris Antrim Ireland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Father
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother
Date/Place of Birth
Marriage
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
UNKNOWN Eliza
c1830 (tentative)
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeNone
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Marriage
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Australia
None
Occupation after
Arrival
Not yet known
Newspaper Articles
Departure from Western
Australia
 Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial11th November 1868 Perth Western Australia
Church of England Section East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Wife
31st December 1891 Colonial Hospital Perth Western Australia
East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationIn both the 1841 and 1851 UK Census James Thornton is an unmarried soldier residing at the Infantry barracks at Canterbury and Hythe.
British Army Worldwide Index
1841 James Thornton 1675 recruit 16th Foot 10th May 1841 Enlisted at Glasgow age 20 location Canterbury
1851 James Thornton 1675 Private 16th Foot depot location Hythe
1861 James Thornton 98 Private Royal Canadian Rifles location Montreal
Discharge: Having claimed it at the termination of having completed 21 years’ service he is entitled to permanent pension
James Thornton and his wife Eliza arrived on the Merchantman 1864, their conduct on board was ‘very good’.