PERSONAL DETAILS
Name/AliasEdward Metcalfe GRAIN
Birth date and place29 Mar 1827 Gibraltar.
Baptism date and place
Civil Census ResidencesMelcomb Place, St Marylebone, Middlesex, England (1841).
Milton Barracks & New Tavern Fort, Milton-next-Gravesend, Kent, England (1881).
ProfessionOfficer in the British Army, Corps of Royal Engineers.
Marriage date and place19 Jun 1855 Alverstoke, Hampshire.
SpouseElizabeth Mary COCK.
ChildrenEdward Francis 29 Apr 1856 (d. 1859), Westbury, Wiltshire.
Charles 20 Sep 1857, Chelsea, Middlesex.
Rosa Cleeve 5 Feb 1859, Gravesend, Kent.
Reginald Coysgarne 20 Apr 1860, Fremantle, Western Australia.
Emily Beatrice 14 Dec 1861, Fremantle, Western Australia.
Frederick Haddock 5 Apr 1864, Colchester, Essex.
Elizabeth May 10 Dec 1865, Gillingham, Kent.
Evelyn Maud 4 Mar 1868, Gillingham, Kent.
Death date and place13 Jun 1884 Gillingham, Kent.
Burial date and place
Will and Probate5 Aug 1884, Grain, Edward Metcalfe Esq. Personal Estate £551 12s. 2d.
The Will of Edward Metcalf Grain formerly of the Woodlands Gillingham but late of the Grange Gillingham in the County of Kent Esquire a Retired Major-General in Her Majesty’s Army who died 14 June 1884 at the Grange was proved at the Principal Registry by Elizabeth Mary Grain of the Grange Widow the Relict the sole Executrix.
Death NoticesPall Mall Gazette 16 Jun 1884.
London Evening Standard 18 Jun 1884.
Canterbury Journal & Kentish Times 28 Jun 1884.
Daily News (Western Australia) 1 Aug 1884.
ARMY SERVICE DETAILS
Corps and CompanyRoyal Engineers.
Service No. and Rank2nd Lieutenant (from Cadet Company).
Commission date1 May 1846 Woolwich.
Service/CampaignsWest Indies 4 years 274 days.
Crimea 142 days.
Western Australia 3 years 338 days.
Hong Kong 3 years 89 days.
For Service at Home see WO25-3913 in sidebar.
MustersWO11-166 (1859) to WO11-207 (1862) Western Australia.
Promotions2nd Lieutenant  to 1st Lieutenant 29 Oct 1846.
1st Lieutenant to 2nd Captain 14 Mar 1855.
2nd Captain to 1st Captain 1 Apr 1859.
1st Captain to Major (Brevet) 12 Feb 1870.
Major to Lieutenant Colonel 28 Jan 1871.
Lt. Colonel to Colonel (Brevet) 28 Jan 1876.
Colonel 1 Oct 1881.
Major General (Honorary) 19 Oct 1881.
Medals, Clasps and BadgesCrimea War Medal clasp Sevastopol. Turkish Crimea Medal.
Casualty/MedicalNone.
Courts Martial (and type)None.
Discharge date and place19 Oct 1881 Gravesend, Kent.
Length of Service35 years 171 days.
Retirement Pay: £550 per annum + gratuity £500.
War Office ReferenceWO25-3913-180.
Post Discharge ResidenceGillingham, Kent.
ARRIVAL IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
ShipSultana.
Departure and Arrival datesDep. 29 May 1859 Plymouth. Arr. 19 Aug 1859 Fremantle.
Occupations post-arrival in WACaptain in command of 20th Company, Royal Engineers in Western Australia.
20 Aug 1859 to 27 Apr 1862.
Subscriptions to FundsNone.
Land AcquisitionNone.
Ship ex-WAMadras.
Departure date and destination2 Mar 1863 Albany for Galle en route to England.