Name/Alias James Allison LAING 
Birth date and place 11 May 1838 Baltinglass, Wicklow, Ireland.
Baptism date and place
Civil Census Residences Craven Street, Liverpool, Lancashire (1851).
School of Military Engineering, Brompton Barracks, Gillingham, Kent (1871).
Royal Military Asylum, King’s Road & Cheltenham Terrace, Chelsea, London (1881).
See Musters below (1861, 1871).
Trade Silver Plater (Smith).
Sergeant Cook (1881).
Physical Description Height: 6 ft. 0 ins. Complexion: fresh. Eyes: blue. Hair: light brown.
Marriage date and place 20 Apr 1865 St Mary Magdalene Church, Gillingham, Kent.
Spouse Elizabeth KEELING.
Children Florence Elizabeth b. 1867, Brompton, Kent.
Edith Eleanor b. 1869, Brompton, Kent.
Death date and place 1882 Q2 Chelsea District, London.
Burial date and place
Will and Probate None.
Death Notices
Corps and Company Royal Engineers 20th Company (formerly Royal Sappers & Miners).
Service No. and Rank #4225 Private.
Attestation date and place 11 Feb 1856 Birmingham, Warwickshire.
13 Jul 1867 Rochester, re-engagement for 9 years 301 days.
Service/Campaigns Western Australia 5 years 35 days.
Musters WO11-158 (1858) to WO11-203 (1862) Western Australia.
WO11-363 38th Company, Chatham (1871).
Promotions Private to Sapper 1 Oct 1859.
Sapper to 2nd Corporal 1 Aug 1862.
2nd Corporal to Sergeant Cook 29 Sep 1863.
Medals, Clasps and Badges Five Good Conduct Badges.
Long Service & Good Conduct Medal (with gratuity).
Casualty/Medical None.
Courts Martial None.
Discharge date and place 17 Jul 1877 Brompton Barracks.
Length of Service 21 years 68 days.
Chelsea Pension Reference WO97-1853-112.
Post Discharge Residence Pension Office, Birmingham.
Pension District Birmingham (1877). Chelsea?
Pension 26½d. per diem.
Ship Nile. 
Departure and Arrival dates Dep. Plymouth 23 Sep 1857. Arr. Fremantle 1 Jan 1858.
Occupations post-arrival in WA Instructing Warder [Barker p.121].
Subscriptions to Funds None.
Land Acquisition None in Western Australia.
Ship ex-WA Lincelles.
Departure date and destination Dep. Fremantle 27 Apr 1862 for Cape of Good Hope and London.