PERSONAL DETAILS
Name/AliasJames Allison LAING 
Birth date and place11 May 1838 Baltinglass, Wicklow, Ireland.
Baptism date and place
Civil Census ResidencesCraven 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).
TradeSilver Plater (Smith).
Sergeant Cook (1881).
Physical DescriptionHeight: 6 ft. 0 ins. Complexion: fresh. Eyes: blue. Hair: light brown.
Marriage date and place20 Apr 1865 St Mary Magdalene Church, Gillingham, Kent.
SpouseElizabeth KEELING.
ChildrenFlorence Elizabeth b. 1867, Brompton, Kent.
Edith Eleanor b. 1869, Brompton, Kent.
Death date and place1882 Q2 Chelsea District, London.
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#4225 Private.
Attestation date and place11 Feb 1856 Birmingham, Warwickshire.
13 Jul 1867 Rochester, re-engagement for 9 years 301 days.
Service/CampaignsWestern Australia 5 years 35 days.
MustersWO11-158 (1858) to WO11-203 (1862) Western Australia.
WO11-363 38th Company, Chatham (1871).
PromotionsPrivate to Sapper 1 Oct 1859.
Sapper to 2nd Corporal 1 Aug 1862.
2nd Corporal to Sergeant Cook 29 Sep 1863.
Medals, Clasps and BadgesFive Good Conduct Badges.
Long Service & Good Conduct Medal (with gratuity).
Casualty/MedicalNone.
Courts MartialNone.
Discharge date and place17 Jul 1877 Brompton Barracks.
Length of Service21 years 68 days.
Chelsea Pension ReferenceWO97-1853-112.
Post Discharge ResidencePension Office, Birmingham.
Pension DistrictBirmingham (1877). Chelsea?
Pension26½d. per diem.
ARRIVAL IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
ShipNile. 
Departure and Arrival datesDep. Plymouth 23 Sep 1857. Arr. Fremantle 1 Jan 1858.
Occupations post-arrival in WAInstructing Warder [Barker p.121].
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.