PERSONAL DETAILS
Name/Alias James THOMSON.
Birth date and place 14 Oct 1837 Stirling, Stirlingshire, Scotland.
Baptism date and place
Civil Census Residences
Trade Mason.
Physical Description Height: 5 ft. 7 ins. Complexion: fresh. Eyes: blue. Hair: dark brown.
Marriage date and place 25 Oct 1861 Fremantle, Western Australia.
Spouse Ellen SCOTT.
Children Ellen Louise b. 1862, Ballymore, Westmeath, Ireland.
Elizabeth Grace b. 1864 (d.1865), Weymouth, Dorset, England.
Amelia Grace b. 1866, Weymouth, Dorset.
Clara Madeline b. 1868, Portsea, Hampshire.
Death date and place 17 Feb 1888 Fort George, Inverness, Scotland.
Cause of Death: Pneumonia 8 days.
Certified by L.W. Swabey, L.R.C.P.C. Surgeon Medical Staff.
Burial date and place Feb 1888 Ardersier Cemetery, near Fort George, Inverness (see sidebar).
Will and Probate Inventory & Affidavit, Court Books of Inverness, 19 Mar 1888, pp.295-296.
Personal Estate £153 10s. 3d. Executrix Ellen (nee Scott) Thomson.
Death/Funeral Notices
ARMY SERVICE DETAILS
Corps and Company Royal Engineers 20th Company (formerly Royal Sappers & Miners).
Service No. and Rank #2705 Sapper.
Attestation date and place 14 Dec 1854 Glasgow, Lanark.
2 May 1867 Weymouth re-engaged for a further period of 9 years.
Service/Campaigns Western Australia 5 years 35 days.
Bermuda 3 years 189 days.
Gibraltar 2 years 89 days.
Musters WO11-158 (1858) to WO11-207 (1862) Western Australia.
WO11-362 29th Company, Bermuda (1871).
Promotions Sapper to 2nd Corporal 1 Feb 1864.
2nd Corporal to Corporal 1 Apr 1866.
Corporal to Sergeant 1 Feb 1875.
Medals, Clasps and Badges Four Good Conduct Badges.
Long Service & Good Conduct Medal.
Other Awards 2nd Class School Certificate.
Casualty/Medical None.
Regimental Court Martial 6 Apr to 9 Apr 1867. Tried for drunkenness.
10 Apr 1867 Remitted.
Discharge date and place 21 Aug 1877 Pembroke Dock, South Wales.
Length of Service 21 years 312 days.
Chelsea Pension Reference WO97-1857-31.
Post Discharge Residence Pembroke Dock, South Wales.
Pension District
Pension 19d. per diem.
ARRIVAL IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Ship Nile.
Departure and Arrival dates Dep. Plymouth 23 Sep 1857. Arr. Fremantle 1 Jan 1858.
Occupations post-arrival in WA Instructing Warder.
Subscriptions to Funds None.
Land Acquisition None in Western Australia.
Newspaper Articles
Ship ex-WA Lincelles.
Departure date and destination  Dep. Fremantle 27 Apr 1862 for Cape of Good Hope and London.

[Photographs of James & Ellen Thomson and the Ardersier Gravestone;
Estate Inventory records courtesy of Patsy Graham, New Zealand]