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VANCE – John Royal Artillery Coastal Brigade

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Royal Artillery Badge
British Crimea Medal (Alma Balaclava Inkerman Sebastopol Clasps)
Turkish Crimea Medal
Legion d’Honeur medal
Land Grant
NameVANCE – John
Regiment (s)Royal Artillery Coastal Brigade
Regiment Number (s) 1141
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
3rd August 1841 / 18 years 5 months / Lisburn Antrim Ireland
Helper to a Smith
Description – Height
5 Ft 7½ in
Dark / Grey / Dark / None
Overseas Service/DurationGibraltar – 6 years 1 month
Turkey and Crimea – 1 year 10 months
Length of Service21 years 16 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeGunner / 19th August 1862 / Woolwich Kent England
Campaign MedalsCrimean War Medal with Alma Inkerman Balaklava and Sebastopol clasps
French Military War Medal
Turkish Crimean War Medal
Intended Residence at
Woolwich Kent England
Pension Districts1862 1st East London
1864 Woolwich
1865 Tilbury
1865-1891 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
1887 Increased to 1/2d per diem for service in Enrolled Force
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
26th May 1865 Portland England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
RACEHORSE 10th August 1865
Date/Place of Birthc1823 Belfast Antrim 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
UNKNOWN Margaret
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeAgnes B 1837 (deduced)
M REEVES George 1872
D 1878 aged 41
Bur 24 March 1878 Skinner Street Cemetery Fremantle WA
Eliza B 1840 (deduced)
M AUSTIN Edward Perth 1866
D 1868 aged 28 years
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
Cockburn Sound at Willagee Swamp Lot 228
20 acres
Assigned 26 November 1880
Title application 19 February 1885 Title 6/13
Occupation after
Newspaper ArticlesThe W.A. Record Thursday 29 January 1891 page 8
Death of John Vance
The inquirer and Commercial News Wednesday
11 January 1893 page 2 Injury to Margaret Vance
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial20th January 1891 York Western Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
17 January 1893 Colonial Hospital Perth WA
Bur 18 January 1893 East Perth Cemetery WA
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationOver the years both John and Margaret Vance were charged with a variety of small misdemeanours as well as fishing illegally off Rottnest, using insulting language and stealing various small objects for which they were usually fined or subjected to short periods of incarceration until in 1882 he was charged with stealing 80 pounds of meal, grapes, 10 pounds of potatoes and three soup plates from his master and sentenced to four months imprisonment with hard labour. After inquiry by the Treasury Solicitor it was decided that during the time of his imprisonment half his pension was forfeited and the remainder paid to his wife.

On 6th January 1891 the Resident Magistrate, York, requested the admission of John Vance to the Mt Eliza Depot his pension of five pound six shilling and six pence a quarter to pay for the privilege. Approved 9th January 1891, however as he died at York on the 20th January it looks as if he still living there at the time.