JAMES GORMAN c1837 – 1883
The only information for James comes from his army records, and they don`t name his parents. His marriage hasn’t been found and there are no original census records for Ireland as 1861 and 1871 were destroyed soon after they were taken,and earlier ones were burnt in a fire in 1922.
Sergeant James Gorman was born at Mountshannon near Scarriff, County Clare. He attested for the 84th Regimental Dublin on 22 September 1851 aged 14. He was underage. From that date until 21 September 1852 he was a private and, on the 2 May 1853, he was promoted to drummer, he was only recognised as being of full age on 22 September 1855. He became a corporal in1858 and was promoted to Sergeant in 1860 when he was transferred to 2ndBatt 23rd Regiment RWF. He served with the RWF until 1865 when he re-engaged at Deal, he served another 3 years until his final discharge at Wrexham.
Lance Sergeant James Gorman was discharged at Wrexham 23 August 1878 2nd Batt23rd regiment RWF.
His papers state he was aged 40 and 11 months. 5ft6in, fresh complexion, hazel eyes, brown hair and his occupation was a clerk.
He had served abroad for 7 years and 9 months. East Indies for 6 years 4 months. Canada for 15 months, and Gibraltar for 2months.
He was in possession of 4 good conduct badges and was entitled to 5 on 7 October 1848. He had the Indian Mutiny medal, long service and good conduct medal. Second class school certificate. His name appeared twice in the regimental defaulter’s book and he was twice tried by court martial in 1874. He was reduced rank for being drunk on the line of march and was demoted to Private, but then promoted to Corporal, then finally to Lance Corporal before he was discharged in 1878. His total service was 22years 338 days.
The first time James is found in a census is 1881; he is in Nelson Street, Wrexham.
He is 45 and still classing himself as a Militia man, his wife Margaret is 39 and both were entered as being born in Dublin, as were the children Mary 13, John 12, Elizabeth9, William (Henry) 8, Maggie 5, Rachel 3, only Ellen May aged 1 was born in Wrexham. This means James was married while still in the Army.
James Gorman died on 25May 1883 aged 46 and was buried in the Ruthin Road Cemetery.
WILLIAM HENRY GORMAN 1873 – 1906
William Henry was born in Kildare on12 July 1873; he was the son of James and his mother is named as Margaret Taylor. He also joined the Army and took his final medical in London on 28 July1888, he was classed as a boy for 68 days, then he was promoted to a drummer in1890 and appointed as a bandsman in 1891. He was promoted to corporal,sergeant, and lance corporal, and was re-engaged to complete 21 years with South Africa Colours.
He had been in India for over 7 years between 1890 and 1897, and in South Africa for over 2 years between 1901 and1903. He had never been wounded.
He was discharged early on 16 May1905 after a total of 16 years and 193 days. The reason was that he was medically unfit.
His discharge papers state he was a Sgt Drummer, permanent staff of 4th Batt. His description state he was 31 years and 9 months old, 5ft 11 tall, chest 36, fresh complexion, hazel eyes, dark brown hair. His occupation was musician. He had 4 good conduct badges, the Queens Medal South Africa with clasps – Cape Colony, Tugela Heights and Relief of Ladysmith. He also had the Kings South Africa medal with clasps.
His special qualification for civil life was a musician. Sadly, William Henry died the following year on 14 November 1906 aged just 33.
He was buried in Wrexham Cemetery with his brother John who died aged 36 on 12 December 1905.
MARGARET GORMAN c 1842 – 1916.
We know from Army records that her maiden name was Taylor, but nothing else. James and Margaret made sure their children were educated well and between 1878 and 1892 some of children are mentioned in the local paper for being awarded prizes and taking part in concerts. Margaret remained in 5 Nelson Street until she died on 28 November1916. She was buried with her 2 sons.
Researched by Annette Edwards, with help from Judy Roberts of Chirk. November 2018. Gravestone photograph by Graham Lloyd.
Grave ref: Wrexham Cemetery A-00038
JAMES GORMAN, LATE OF R.W.FUS. WHO DIED MAY 25TH, 1883. AGED 46 YEARS. AND WAS INTERRED IN RUTHIN ROAD CEMETERY.
ALSO OF JOHN, SON OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED DEC 12TH, 1905, AGED 36 YEARS. (THY WILL BE DONE).
ALSO OF Wm. HENRY (PITT) LATE BAND SERGT, 1ST R.W.FUS. WHO DIED NOV 14TH, 1906. AGED 33 YEARS. (TILL HE COMES).
ALSO MARGARET, WIDOW OF THE ABOVE JAMES GORMAN, WHO DIED NOV 28, 1916. AGED 74 YEARS.