PERSONAL DETAILS
Name/Alias James LOWRIE
Name variations: Laurie, Lawrie.
Birth date and place 7 Jul 1812 Stobo, Peebles, Peeblesshire, Scotland.
Baptism date and place
Civil Census Residences Oliver Cottage, High Street, Cheriton, Elham, Kent, England (1861).
Old School House, Cheriton, Elham, Kent (1871).
See Muster below (1851).
Trade Mason.
Overseer of Stores, Royal Engineers Department (1861).
Physical Description Height: 5 ft. 6¾ ins. Complexion: fair. Eyes: blue. Hair: Light Brown.
Marks: Scar over right eye from falling off a scaffold.
Marriage date and place 1 May 1844 St Mary Magdalene Church, Woolwich, Kent.
Spouse Elizabeth KNOWLES.
Children Eleanor Isabelle b. 1845, Gibraltar.
Eliza Hannah b. 1847, Gibraltar.
William James b. 1850, Woolwich, Kent.
Joseph Adam b. 1853, Fremantle, Western Australia.
James Andrew b. 1856, Fremantle, Western Australia.
Matilda Martha b. 1859, Cheriton, Kent.
Death date and place 20 Apr 1878 Cheriton, Kent.
Burial date and place
Will and Probate None.
Note: Widow Elizabeth Laurie’s Probate record in 1902.
Death Notices
ARMY SERVICE DETAILS
Corps and Company Royal Engineers 20th Company (formerly Royal Sappers & Miners).
Service No. and Rank #1494 Private.
Attestation date and place 6 May 1833 Edinburgh.
Service/Campaigns Corfu 4 years 5 months.
Gibraltar 4 years 6 months.
Western Australia 4 years 6 months.
Musters WP11-126 20th Company, Woolwich (1851).
WO11-130 (1851) to WO11-146 (1856) Western Australia.
Promotions Private to 2nd Corporal 10 Jul 1844.
2nd Corporal to Corporal 1 Apr 1846.
Corporal to Sergeant 1 Sep 1848.
Sergeant to Colour Sergeant 15 Aug 1855.
Colour Sergeant to Sergeant 1 Apr 1856 (appointment reverted).
Medals, Clasps and Badges None.
Casualty/Medical Chronic Rheumatism.
Since the year 1852 has been subject to rheumatism pain chiefly affecting the left shoulder; these pains are much increasing by variable weather.  He has been unable to perform his regular duty for the last eight months. Disability caused by his military service. Unfit for service on account of chronic rheumatism.
Courts Martial See sidebar [Barker p.131]
Discharge date and place 13 Jan 1857 Chatham.
Length of Service 23 years 253 days.
Chelsea Pension Reference WO97-1362-59.
Post Discharge Residence Shorncliffe, Kent.
Pension District Canterbury (1857).
Pension 1/11d. per diem.
ARRIVAL IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Ship Anna Robertson.
Departure and Arrival dates Dep. Woolwich 10 Sep 1851. Arr. Fremantle 18 Dec 1851.
Occupations post-arrival in WA Instructing Warder [Barker p.131].
Subscriptions to Funds None.
Land Acquisition None in Western Australia.
Newspaper Articles Inquirer & Commercial News 14 Jul 1852.
Ship ex-WA Esmeralda.  See Crimean War Connection.
Departure date and destination Dep. Fremantle 25 Feb 1856, via Cape of Good Hope and St Helena to London.