|SURNAME:||Gray||FORENAMES:||John Richard||BORN:||25 11 1832||AT:||Chatham, Kent||BORN:||02 09 1832||AT:||St Marys, Chatham, Kent||OCCUPATION[S]:||No trade||RELIGION/DENOMINATION:||Church of England||FATHER:||William Gray||MOTHER:||Mary Ann Gray née Webb||SIBLINGS:||William Robert Gray||OTHER RELATIONS:||.||NOTES:||.||1st REGIMENT NO:||1485||2nd REGIMENT NO:||.||ENLISTED:||21 11 1845 according to discharge
Honour the Light Brigade has 1851 which appears to be the year he transferred to the 4LD.
However this 1851 transfer entry is missing from the pay and muster rolls.
1Q/1851 enlistments end with No. 1484 and 2Q/1851 enlistments begin with No. 1486.
|ENLISTED BY:||.||BOUNTY:||.||ATTESTED:||24 11 1845 Rochester, Kent||HEIGHT AT ENLISTMENT:||.||HEIGHT AT DISCHARGE:||5' 8"||DESCRIPTION AT ENLISTMENT:||Brown hair, hazel eyes, fresh complexion||DESCRIPTION AT DISCHARGE:||Dark brown hair, hazel eyes, fresh complexion, trade none, 30 and 4/12 Years||TROOP NO:||.||TROOP CAPTAIN:||1861: Captain C.A.G. Browne||RANK:||1851: Private
|PROMOTIONS:||.||REDUCTIONS:||.||NOTES:||3Q/1858: Band member
Reported in his obituary to have been a field trumpeter in the Crimea
|DESERTIONS:||.||COURT MARTIALS:||None||GIVEN UP TO:||.||GOOD CONDUCT BADGES:||2||MEDALS:||Crimean, 4 clasps, and Turkish||EMBARKATIONS:||.||DISEMBARKATIONS:||.||CAMPAIGNS:||Crimean War||OTHER DUTIES:||Also served with 57th Foot: Drummer 1 year 7 months
Also served with 57th Foot: Private [under age] 9 years 9 months
25 10 1854: Slightly wounded at Balaklava
03 02 1855: From Scutari
|TRANSFERRED FROM:||57 Foot 30 04 1851||TRANSFERRED TO:||4th Light Dragoons 01 05 1851||DISCHARGED TO OUT PENSION:||13 05 1861 Dublin||ADMITTED TO OUT PENSION:||21 05 1861 Ipswich||REGIMENTAL BOARD:||Dublin 17 April 1861
Proceedings of a Regimental Board, held this day, in conformity to the Articles of War, for the purpose of verifying and recording the Services, Conduct, Character, and cause of Discharge of No. 1485 Private John Gray of the Regiment above-mentioned [4LD].
President: Major Francis Cornwallis
Members: Captain Browne and Captain Lindesay.
The Board having examined and compared the Regimental Records, the Soldier's Book, and such other Documents as appeared to them to be necessary, report that No. 1485 Private John Gray by Trade [none] was born in the Parish of Chatham in or near the Town of Chatham in the County of Kent and was attested for the 57th Regiment of Foot at Rochester in the County of Kent on the 24th November 1845 at the Age of 15 years that after making every Deduction required by Her Majesty's Regulations, the Service up to this day, which he is entitled to reckon, amounts to 12 years 145 days, as shewn by the detailed Statement on the 2nd page; during which period, he served Abroad 1 and 10/12 years viz:
With the Army in the East, Turkey and Crimea 1 and 10/12 years.
And further, that his Discharge is proposed in consequence of his being unfit for Her Majesty's Service.
No. 1485 Pt. John Gray being asked to what date he has been paid, answered that his Account is balanced up to the latest period required by the Regulations; and being further asked whether he has any claim on the Regiment for Arrears of Pay, Allowances, or Clothing, answered, that he has received all just demands, from his entry into the Service up to the 17th April 1861 and in confirmation therefore, affixes his signature hereto. [Signed John Gray]
Witnessed by Capt. Brown[e] Commanding the Troop to which he belongs.
The Board have ascertained that No. 1485 Pt. John Gray Soldier's Book is correctly balanced, and signed by the Officer Commanding his Company, and they declare, that they have impartially enquired into, and faithfully reported upon all the matters brought before them, in accordance with the Regulations and Instructions issued by Her Majesty's Orders.
Signed by [Honourable] ____, 4th Lt Dragoons, President;
C.A.G. Browne, Capt. 4th Lt. Dragoons, and ____, Capt. 4 Lt. Dragoons, Members.
|MEDICAL REASON:||Pt. John Gray 4th Hussars: Has for a considerable time suffered from Varicose Veins of the legs to which some Predisposition must have existed. His disability has not been aggravated by vice or misconduct.
Signed W. H___. Surgeon Major 4th Lt Dragoons.
Opinion of the Principal Medical Officer at Dublin 7 May 1861: Unfit for further service. Geo Cleri__ew M.D., Deputy Inspector General, Adjutant General's Office, Dublin 13 May 1861. The Discharge of the Man above mentioned is approved by the General Commanding, W. B[ellars]
|NOTE:||Kilmainham No Report 784 504-22/6/64||STATEMENT OF SERVICE:|| 57 Foot: Private from 24 11 1845 to 23 11 1848, total under age
57 Foot: Private 24 11 1848 to 30 09 1849, 311 days
57 Foot: Appointed Drummer, 01 10 1849 to 30 04 1851, total 1 year 212 days
Total service with 57 Foot: 2 years 158 days
4LD: Transferred, Private from 01 05 1851 to 31 03 1857, total 5 years, 335 days.
Entitled to 1 Ring, 24 11 1853 GCP
Forfeited 1 Ring 17 11 1854 GCP
Total Service allowed to 31 03 1857, 8 years 128 days.
4LD: Private from 01 04 1857 to 17 04 1861, total 4 years 17 days
Restored 1d G[ood][ C[onduct] Pay 12 06 1857
Good C[onduct] Pay at 2d from 12 06 1859.
Further Service from 18 04 1861 to 13 05 1861 when finally discharged, total 26 days
Total Service allowed to reckon to the day of final discharge 12 years 171 days.
The foregoing Report is hereby confirmed by me G. Brown, Lt. Col. Commanding 4 Regt. of Lt. Dragoons.
|PENSION DISTRICT:||1861: Ipswich
|PRÉCIS OF SERVICE ON DISCHARGE:|| Examined [by Pension Board] 13 05 1861
Private, 4 years 1 month
Under age 3 years
Total service 12 years 5 months 8 days
Pension claim 3 years
Turkey and Crimea 1 year 10 months
|CHARACTER:||With regard to the Character and Conduct of No. 1485 Pt. John Gray the Board have to report, that upon reference to the Defaulter's Book, and by the Parole testimony that has been given, it appears that of a good soldier. He is in possession of 2 good conduct Badges, also the Crimean and Turkish medals. He has never been tried by Court Martial||NOTES:||[T]84504 C[on] fm AU
H57274 5d D[ischarge] P[ension] from 24 Nov 1880 Bd 4.10.87/11
[J]11701 Rest[oratio]n of old T.P. W.O. far___g A44 to W.O. 4 encl. Expl[ainin]g that there is no claim to anything but D[ischarge] P[ension] ___ P.31 ___ 29 04 188
|POST DISCHARGE MILITARY SERVICE:||.||POST DISCHARGE OCCUPATION[S]:||Intention to live 27 Norwich Road, Ipswich, Suffolk
Appointed assistant prison warder at Chatham Prison 09 07 1863
Applied for assistant prison warder position in Western Australia on 02 03 1866 with his wife.
Emigrated to Western Australia on Belgravia, arriving on 04 07 1866.
|DIED:||24 Jun 1891, near Fremantle, Australia, aged 60 years||BURIED:||25 Jun 1891, Alma Street Cemetery, Fremantle, Australia.||WILL:||17 01 1881. Probate 30 06 1891, Western Australia||BENEFICIARY:||Wife, Maria Gray||NEXT OF KIN:||.||PRIZE MONEY:||.||NOTES:||.||1ST WIFE:||Isabella Kersey, daughter of Thomas and Rachel Kersey of Ipswich, Suffolk||MARRIED:||25 12 1853 Ipswich, Suffolk||DIED:||Presumably between 1866 and 1872||NOTES:||.||2ND WIFE:||Maria Wickliffe, daughter of James Wickliffe of Glenavy, Co. Antrim||MARRIED:||Sep 1872, Fremantle, Western Australia||NOTES:||.||1ST CHILD:||John Lewis [Johnnie] Gray||BORN:||16 05 1878 Glenavy, Co. Antrim||DIED:||16 11 1878 at sea, en route from London to Fremantle, Western Australia, aged 6 months||NOTES:||.||2ND CHILD:||Elizabeth Minnie Gray||BORN:||1879 Fremantle, Western Australia||MARRIED:||Thomas Flintoff, 1902||NOTES:||.||TNA SOURCES:||WO/12/659
|BL SOURCES:||.||OTHER SOURCES:|| Honour the Light Brigade
The Belfast Morning 25 Feb 1879
The Belfast Newsletter 25 Feb 1879
|ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS||Pam Mikus, Diane Oldfield, Philip Boys|
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