DOYLE James

NAME: James DOYLEName variations: None encountered.
Birth Date and Placec. 1805/1806 Coachford, Cork, Ireland [WO97-1039-45].
Baptism Date and PlaceRecords not extant.
Marriage Date and Place
Spouse
Children
Occupations
Land Acquisition in WA
Death Date and Place
Burial Date and Place
Death, Funeral, Obituary Notices
Will and ProbateNone.
BRITISH ARMY
Regiment95th (Derbyshire) Regiment. 17 Feb 1824 transferred to
96th Regiment of Foot.
Soldier No. and Rank#293 Private [WO97-1039-45].
Attestation Date and Place27 Dec 1823 Cork, Ireland.
Physical DescriptionHeight: 5 ft. 6½ ins. Complexion: fair. Eyes: blue. Hair: light brown.
Service/CampaignsBermuda and North America 12 years.
Australasia 8 years.
PromotionsNone.
Medals, Clasps and BadgesNone.
Casualty/MedicalUnfit for service in India and worn out.
Courts MartialSee Additional Details (below).
Arrival Australia: Ship and DatePrince Regent.  Embarked 1 Jul 1841 Gravesend.
Dep. 7 Aug 1841 Dublin. Arr. 3 Jan 1842 Hobart. Disembarked 6 Jan 1842 [WO12-9613-232 & DPS].
Arrival Western Australia: Ship and DateJava 24 Feb 1847 from Hobart, embarked 27 Jan 1847 [WO12-9620-335].
Military Postings within Western AustraliaYork 24 Feb to 31 Dec 1847.
Perth HQ 1 Jan to 31 Jul 1848 inc. On Guard (Apr).
Rottnest 1 Apr to 31 Dec 1848.
Perth HQ 1 Jan to 8 Mar 1849 inc. On Guard.
Perth HQ 9 to 13 Mar 1849 Confined to Gaol until Court Martial on 13 Mar 1849 (see below).
[All sourced from WO12-9620 TO 9622].
Courts Martial in Western AustraliaGarrison Court Martial 13 Mar 1849.  Gaoled in Round House, Fremantle for 56 days [Errington].
Conviction: Habitual Drunkenness. Sentence: 1 month Hard Labour; 1 month Solitary; Stoppages [WO86-6-119].
Discharge Date and Place
Admission to Pension
15th May 1849 Perth, Western Australia [WO97-1039-45].
9th Oct 1849 Perth, Western Australia [WO23-150].
Age at Discharge43 years.
Length of Service22 years 280 days [WO97-1039-45].
23 years 4 months [WO23-150].
Chelsea Pension ReferenceWO97-1039-45.
Pension DistrictsPerth Oct 1849 to 30 Sep 1857. Adelaide Oct 1857 to Jun 1858. [WO22-248,250,252].
Pension Amount1/0d. per diem.
Notes on Pension PaymentPaid by Regiment to 31 May 1850.
Paid by Commissariat to 30 Jun 1851.
Thereafter, transferred to Captain Bruce’s Pay List.
There is nothing to suggest Doyle was taken onto EPF strength, this was merely a means of receiving his pension entitlement as a military pensioner once Perth became a Pension District with the arrival of Captain John Bruce and the EPF men [WO22-248-43].
ADDITIONAL DETAILS
James Doyle has just about the worst military service record of any soldier I have encountered.  He seems to have been a career prisoner.  His record will speak for itself – if you can read it; my apologies for the image at left, the best I could do [WO97-1039-45 folio 3]. It seems, however, that he managed to keep his nose clean until two days prior to his discharge; celebrating perhaps?  His farewell to the Army meant hard labour, solitary confinement and no beer! [WO86-6-119].

 

Mr Doyle in civilian life was no less a problem – to the researcher, at least.  He received his pension in Perth until 30th June 1857.  Sometime after October that year he made his way to Adelaide where he is listed resident until the end of June 1858.  At that point there is no record of him receiving his pension – although his name appears on the pension returns.  There are notes on the last page of his discharge documents shown below.  I have – on previous occasions tried to work out the War Office reference numbers for what is obviously correspondence and/or forms – but to no avail.  It would appear the War Office was looking for him, as am I.  A contact in South Australia reports that the name James Doyle is recorded in the Police Gazettes on five occasions. I would not be surprised. We may, when the Gazettes for this era come online, catch up with him as the police seem to have done!