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Corporal Frederick Gurney (c1818........1872)

Back To . . .96th Foot Manchester Regiment.
 99th Foot Wiltshire Duke of Edinburgh Regiment.
  • Born :circa 1818
  • Where : Westbere or Sturry, Kent, England
  • Occupation : Soldier 96th Regiment,  mail coach driver
  • Date Arrived :22nd June, 1840
  • Ship Arrived on : ''Eden''
  • Port Arrived : Sydney
  • Rank on Discharge : Corporal
  • Date of Enlistment : 1 February 1839
  • Regimental # : 1280
  • Where Enlisted :
  • Transfered : 99th Regiment 1 February 1849
  • Date of Discharge : 27 September 1850
  • Where Discharged: Adelaide
  • Died : 1 January 1872
  • Where Died / Buried :  / Burra, SA
  • Parents Names : Robert Gurney & wife Mary Ann (nee Shrubsole)
  • Spouse's Name : Lucy Knaggs 
  • Born : circa 1830
  • Where : Mullingar, Westmeath, Ireland
  • Occupation :  Servant, Home Duties
  • Date Arrived :before 1852, Adelaide
  • Ship Arrived on :
  • Died : 30 July 1890
  • Where Died / Buried : Buried : Burra, SA
  • Date Married :  1852-01-11
  • Where Married : Gawler, SA
  • Spouse's Parents George Knaggs, Mother – Unknown
  • Descendants :

    Some Information supplied by Judy Evans ( Nee Gurney

    Children :
    1. Mary Ann born 1852 Kilkenny, Adelaide, died 1933 Auburn, NSW m Samuel John Hall
    2. Frederick born 1854 Burra, SA (no further information)
    3 . Alfred born 1856 Burra, SA, died 1926 Cue, WA (single)
    4 . George born 1858 Burra, SA, died: 1947 Karrakatta, WA m Jane Roberts.
    5 . Robert born 1861 Burra, SA, died 1950 Broken Hill, NSW m Louisa Wilhelmina Kernchen
    6 . William born 1865 Burra, SA, died 1868 Burra, SA
    7 . Emma born 1868 Burra, SA, died 1885 Burra, SA (single)
    8 . Arthur William born 1871 Burra, SA, died 1911 Broken Hill, NSW m Lilly Rawlins and he then died 2 weeks later

    Area Settled :


    Gawler, SA

    History & Achievements :

      The first reference to him is about May 1839 and he was stationed at a place called Haydeck Lodge in England, then Liverpool later that year.
     Escort on convict ship Eden (? writing not clear) to Norfolk Island and looks like he was there in first half of 1841.
    Next Muster Roll he was found transferred to Port Arthur and recorded as 'disembarking from Prison ship Duncan(?) 16/4/1`841 at Hobart Town
    January 1842-December 1843 all listings show him in Adelaide
    January 1843-March 43 Murray River
    April 1844-March 45 Port Lincoln
    End of 1845 - Adelaide,
    1.4.1846 on detachment to Adelaide
    April-June 1847 in hospital 19 days
    Jan-March 1848 Hobart Town
    CORPORAL from June 1848
    July 1848-December 1848 Tasman's Peninsula
    1st February 1849 Attached to 99th Foot


      Frederick was driving a coach on New Year’s Day in 1872 with his son Frederick Jr sitting beside him when the coach hit a stone on the road and threw him off the seat and onto the road and he died when he sustained an injury to his head. Lucy, his wife died in 1890 and they are both buried in the Burra cemetery in addition to two of their children. Arthur Stanley Gurney VC (ww11 )  was a grandson.

    Australian Victoria Cross Winner

    Private Arthur Stanley Gurney 2/48th Battalion
    Born 15 December 1908 at Dayawn, Western Australia
    Date of action  22 July 1942
    Place    Tel el Eisa, Egypt
    Details   During an attack Gurney’s company was held up by machine-gun fire from posts 100 metres in front, and all the officers were killed or wounded. Gurney, without hesitation, charged the nearest machine-gun post, bayoneted three men and silenced the post. He continued on to the second post, bayoneted two men and sent a third out as prisoner. Stick grenades were thrown at him and he was knocked to the ground, but he got up and charged the third post. Gurney disappeared from view and later his body was found in an enemy post.
    Died  22 July 1942
    Buried or Commemorated El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt
    Current location of the VC Australian War Memorial


    A short story about Frederick can be found in the book ‘The Story Of The Monster Mine The Burra Burra Mine And Its Townships 1845-18777 by Ian Auhl.
    Military records  ,Pay rolls, Pay Musters, Cemetery Records, Church Records & General Muster Records, Mitchell Library ,Sydney Australia
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