3793. Pte. Thomas GORMAN. H.M. 50th (Queen's Own) Regiment
(Later, Royal West Kents)
Crimea, Un-Named as Issued
New Zealand, Officially Impressed.
3793. THOs GORMAN, 50th, QN's OWN RGt
Turkish Crimea, Un-named as issued.
A fine trio with unusually complete history and biographical details.
Thomas Gorman was born in BALLINAKILL, Queens County, Ireland in April 1835. He enlisted in the LIVERPOOL District to serve as a Private with H.M. 50th Regiment on 14th January 1853 aged 17yrs and 8 Months. Being described as a Labourer of 5ft 5" tall.
He has a complete history on the Muster Rolls from January 1853 in Preston, Lancs right through to his early death at age 38 from cancer in Colchester in 1873. The roll covers with great detail his ,voyages, travels and service in Ireland, during The Crimean War, in Colombo and Ceylon, in The New Zealand War, and training in Australia and back in England.
He is seen in Scutari (The Crimea Hospital !) on 10th March 1854, in the trenches at Sebastopol in August 1855 and back in Dublin in March of 1857. He sailed for Colombo in August 1857 on the MEDINA and the CAPTAIN COOK where he arrived in October 1857. He served in Ceylon for six years until late 1863 when he sailed for NEW ZEALAND on board the RAGLAN.
He arrived in New Zealand in December 1863 and served there for three and a half years until his departure for Australia (Sydney) NSW, in June of 1867. While in Australia he undertook Musketry Training a "COCKATOO ISLAND" He returned to England on 24th March 1869 on HIMALAYA and landed a Devonport on 14th June 1869 ....a trip of 11 weeks at sea !
On arriving back in England he general guarding duties and canteen and waiter work in Bristol and at Aldershot. His final move to Colchester in July of 1872 sess him in hospital and doing rifle drill and serving with the Garrison Police. He is finally seen back in hospital in July 1973 where he died of cancer on 29th September 1873.
(A Copy Death Certificate is Included)
NOTE: During his time in Ceylon and New Zealand he was also Imprisoned four times, for 7 days at Mount Larna and then for 5 weeks in the military prison in 'Kamaz' then for 6 days in Colombo and finally for 6 days with his pay stopped in Pukeremer (NZ).
He is also seen in hospital on several occassions during his 20 years service.
Included are copy service papers and confirming copy medal rolls for all claps and medals.
A LOVELY TRIO BOUND FOR THE FINEST COLLECTION
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