|Birth date and place||14 Oct 1837 Stirling, Stirlingshire, Scotland.|
|Baptism date and place|
|Civil Census Residences|
|Physical Description||Height: 5 ft. 7 ins. Complexion: fresh. Eyes: blue. Hair: dark brown.|
|Marriage date and place||25 Oct 1861 Fremantle, Western Australia.|
|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.
|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.|
|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||19d. per diem.|
|ARRIVAL IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA|
|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.|
|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]