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James Porter 71st Foot Reg

Postby eviecat88 » Wed Mar 05, 2014 2:29 am

Can someone please help me find the birth of James Porter in Scotland possibly Glasgow to James Porter and Elizabeth Young. He was born about 1833.
In 1849 he joined the Military 71st Foot Reg. Service number 3021. In 1854 - 1855 he served in Crimea. In 1859 he was in India. I am not sure when and how he got from India to Australia but he married in Melbourne in May 1861.
I have been able to trace his life in Melbourne until his death in 1881. He died as the result of a fall in the Richmond Barracks and had a police funeral. He was the first Drill Sergeant for the Victorian Police Force. His rank was Sergeant First Class.
Any info on this person and his military service would be appreciated.
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Re: James Porter 71st Foot Reg

Postby g w aldous » Wed Mar 05, 2014 12:37 pm

71st regt of foot, the highland light infantry.

The Crimean War broke out in 1854. The 71st Highlanders were at the Siege of Sevastopol from September 1854 and the Kerch Expedition to Eastern Crimea from May to June 1855.
The 71st were sent to India in 1858 where they helped suppress the Sepoy Rebellion in Central India. By 1863 the regiment was based on the North West Frontier where they fought in the Battle of Ambela.
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Re: James Porter 71st Foot Reg

Postby Millst » Sun Mar 09, 2014 7:49 pm

Perhaps he changed regiments. The newspaper archives might help you find out which regiments went to Australia at that time which might narrow it down a bit. I search for "The Army" and get lists of where the regiments were serving or moving to or from.

Have you tried to find his army record on FindMyPast? Look at the Military records on Ancestry in the medals lists re Crimea and Indian Mutiny.

Perhaps after all that he bought himself out of the army. My ancestor paid £20 to be discharged from the regiment as he wanted to stay in India and they had been posted elsewhere.
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Re: James Porter 71st Foot Reg

Postby Sylcec » Wed Mar 12, 2014 9:52 pm

He may have been discharged after completing a limited period of service, or indeed bought his way out. Although transportation to the eastern states (NSW) had ceased, it is possible that he may have been an escort or prisoner guard for offenders sent from India to Western Australia. Have you looked for a WO97 service record for him?
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Re: James Porter 71st Foot Reg

Postby junkers » Thu Mar 13, 2014 1:10 am

You seem to have some details of his military service but I cannot find a record of him in the Army Pensions series (WO 97) at The National Archives (TNA) at Kew, he should have received a pension having served for at least 7 years. The Pay Lists/Muster Rolls (series WO 12 at TNA) should say what happened to him after 1859.
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Re: James Porter 71st Foot Reg

Postby eviecat88 » Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:32 am

Hi All Thanks for the information on James Porter. I have a copy of his Police Record in which he states he served 11and a half years in the 71st Reg. The details I have say he enlisted Glasgow district to serve as a private with HM71st Reg on 3 Sep 1849. Regimental Number 3021 He is described as 17 years an 5'5''. Appears on muster rolls Oct1849-Mar 1850 Naas, 1850 -1851 Dublin, 1851 Mullingar, 1851-1852 Newry, 1852 at sea to Canada, 1852-1853 Kingston, 1853- 1854 Quebec. Promoted to Corporal Jun 1854. Oct-Dec Canada/at sea. 24 Nov 1854 embarked for Crimea ? on Royal Albert. Oct 1855 - Jun 1856 Perth Scotland. Promoted to Sergeant Oct 1855.He was in Malta 1856-1858. He left for India Jan 1858 arriving 7 Feb then marched to Mhow. He served in Mhow, Goonah, Gwalior and Morar. He embarked for Australia early Jan 1861. The National Archives ref W012/7889-7901 Regimental Muster Rolls. I have been unable to locate his arrival but know that he married in Melbourne 20 May 1861. After arriving he was appointed the first drill sergeant for the Victorian Police Force and his appointment was questioned in Parliament. He was promoted to Sergeant 1st class on date of joining. As I live in Australia how do I get a copy of his records to find out how he got to Australia. The information above came from another family member. Regards
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