PERSONAL DETAILS
Name/AliasJames KEIR (Keer)
Birth date and place9 Jan 1819 Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland.
Baptism date and place30 Jan 1819 Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland.
Civil Census Residences35 Limekiln Street, Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland (1841).
River Row, Brompton, Chatham, Kent, England (1851).
Grove, Portland, Weymouth, Dorset (1871).
Lambeth Workhouse School, Elder Road, Lambeth, Surrey (1881 – widow and daughter).
See Musters below (1851, 1861).
TradeSmith.
Blacksmith Instructor Warder (1871).
Physical DescriptionHeight: 5 ft. 7¼ ins. Complexion: fair – sun burnt. Eyes: blue. Hair: dark brown.
Marriage date and place1850 Q1 Greenwich District, Kent.
SpouseHannah KNOWLES.
ChildrenJames Joseph b. 1851, Brompton, Kent.
William Henry b. 1853 (d.1853), Albany, Western Australia.
Elenor Isabella b. 1854, Albany, Western Australia.
Elizabeth Mary b. 1857, Guildford, Western Australia.
Marion Hannah b. 1861, York, Western Australia.
William James b. 1862 (d.1863), Brompton, Kent.
Frances Margaret b. 1865, Portland, Dorset.
Death date and place1879 Q1 Brentford District, Middlesex (tentative).
Burial date and place
Will and ProbateNone.
Death Notices
ARMY SERVICE DETAILS
Corps and CompanyRoyal Engineers 20th Company (formerly Royal Sappers & Miners).
Service No. and Rank#341 Sapper.
Attestation date and place25 May 1841 Edinburgh, Midlothian.
Service/CampaignsGibraltar 6 years 4 months.
Western Australia 10 years 10 months.
MustersWO11-94 Detachment, Woolwich (1841).
WO11-124 11th Company, Chatham (1851).
WO11-130 (1851) to WO11-207 (1862) Western Australia.
PromotionsSapper to 2nd Corporal 11 Jan 1854.
2nd Corporal to Corporal 29 Dec 1855.
Corporal to Sergeant 1 Jan 1861.
Medals, Clasps and BadgesFour Good Conduct Badges.
Long Service & Good Conduct Medal (with gratuity).
Casualty/MedicalNone.
Regimental Court MartialSentenced to imprisonment 5 Oct to 25 Oct 1845 (offence unknown).
22 times entered in the Company’s Defaulters Book.
Discharge date and place19 Jul 1864 Weymouth.
Length of Service23 years 35 days.
Chelsea Pension ReferenceWO97-1361-194.
Post Discharge ResidenceWeymouth.
Pension District
Pension1/7½d. per diem.
ARRIVAL IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
ShipAnna Robertson.
Departure and Arrival datesDep. Woolwich 10 Sep 1851. Arr. Fremantle 18 Dec 1851.
Occupations post-arrival in WAInstructing Warder [Barker p.117].
King George’s Sound (Albany) Convict Depot Feb 1852 to Dec 1855.
See sidebar.
Subscriptions to FundsNone.
Land AcquisitionNone in Western Australia.
Ship ex-WALincelles.
Departure date and destinationDep. Fremantle 27 Apr 1862 for Cape of Good Hope and London.