Sapper

Thomas Walsh

As a Sapper Walsh's Regimental Pay per Diem would have been 1s. 2 1/2d. plus Working Pay per Diem of 1s. to 4s.

Thomas Walsh appears to have been a Tailor in the Detachment.  He traveled to British Columbia on board the "Thames City in 1858.

We can assume that, since his son was born during the voyage, that his wife accompanied him.

Upon arriving in the Colony, it appears that Walsh's son dies.

"...Nor is it known why the young son of Sapper Thomas Walsh was buried in neither of the (HBC Fort Langley) cemeteries.  According to tradition, Walsh...buried his son on the sloping ground to the North of the Fort...

The lone grave was moved c. 1914-15 to accommodate construction of the Canadian Northern Railway.  As the HBC cemetery had long since been  closed, young Walsh's remains were likely reburied in the municipal Fort Langley Cemetery."

-- Pg. 33, "Frail Memorials: The Cemeteries of Langley"

 1863 - Discharged, New Westminster

"Just previous to Governor Seymour arriving, there was a company formed called the Seymour Artillery, and the belts, pouches and sword (bayonet) and rifles formerly belonging to the RE, which had been left behind, were
served out to the Seymour Artillery.  I know, because Father was one of the principles in the Seymour Artillery, and I saw it done.  I remember when the uniforms were made by one of the tailors in New Westminster, Tommy Walsh, Thomas Walsh, who had been in the RE and they (Seymour Artillery) were the ones who received Governor Seymour on his arrival at the Camp"

 -- from the reminiscences of John Murray,
son of Sapper John Murray, RE.
20 Aug. 1938

1868- 1887 - Tailor, New Westminster (Woodward)

 7 Dec. 1871 -  Received Crown grant, for Section 18, Block 4 North, Range 6 West, purchase. (Woodward)

 1908-1909 - Sons carried on Walsh and Sons, tailors, New Westminster  (Woodward)