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).
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.|
|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.
|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.|
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|
|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.|