PERSONAL DETAILS
Name/AliasJohn McGRATH
Birth date and placec. 1828 St Finn Barrs, Cork, Ireland.
Baptism date and place
Civil Census ResidencesGandin’s Court, 1 Manor Street, Brompton, Kent, England (1851).
See Musters below (1851, 1861).
TradeTailor.
Physical DescriptionHeight: 5 ft. ? ins. Complexion: fresh. Eyes: dark grey. Hair: dark brown.
Marks or Scars: Marks of cupping on the back of the neck.
[source document badly damaged).
Marriage date and place26 Jan 1851 St Mary Magdalene, Woolwich, Kent.
SpouseIsabella MURRAY.
ChildrenWilliam John b. 1852 (d. 7 wks), Fremantle, Western Australia.
Jane Ann b. 1854, Fremantle, Western Australia.
William Benjamin b. 1858, Fremantle, Western Australia.
Joseph b. 1861, Fremantle, Western Australia.
Death date and place
Burial date and place
Will and Probate
Death Notices
ARMY SERVICE DETAILS
Corps and CompanyRoyal Engineers 20th Company (formerly Royal Sappers & Miners).
Service No. and Rank#2530 Sapper.
Attestation date and place28 Mar 1850 Woolwich, Kent.
Service/CampaignsWestern Australia 10 years 9 months.
MustersWO11-126 Detachment, Chatham (1851).
WO11-130 (1851) to WO11-207 (1862) Western Australia.
PromotionsSapper to 2nd Corporal 29 Dec 1855.
2nd Corporal to Corporal 1 May 1859.
Reduced to Sapper 13 Oct 1859.
Medals, Clasps and BadgesTwo Good Conduct Badges.
Casualty/MedicalDefective vision (both eyes). Not known how the disease was contracted.
Right eye chiefly affected. Cause of disability unknown. The defective vision may materially interfere with his earning a livelihood as he is a tailor by trade. [Curragh Camp, April 21, 1866].
District Courts MartialAwaiting trial 8 Sep 1859 to 12 Oct 1859.
Imprisoned by Sentence of District Court Martial 13 Oct 1859 to 12 Jan 1860.
Offence unknown.
Awaiting trial 28 Dec 1865 to 5 Jan 1866.
Imprisoned by Sentence of District Court Martial 6 Jan 1866 to 12 Mar 1866.
Offence unknown.
Twice entered in the Corps Defaulters Book.
Discharge date and place29 May 1866 Curragh Camp, Ireland.
Length of Service15 years 226 days.
Chelsea Pension ReferenceWO97-1362-94.
Post Discharge ResidenceNo. 5 Rosemount Terrace, Plumstead Common, Woolwich, Kent.
Pension DistrictWoolwich?
Pension8d. 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. 138 see sidebar).
Subscriptions to FundsNightingale Fund 1857.
Indian Relief Fund 1858.
Land AcquisitionNone in Western Australia.
Ship ex-WALincelles. 
Departure date and destinationDep. Fremantle 27 Apr 1862 for Cape of Good Hope and London.