Allan Cummins


Cummins traveled with the main body of the Detachment on board the Thames City, arriving in British Columbia in April 1859.

Sapper Cummins' "Final Description on Date of Discharge" in the 24th of October 1863, describes him as 5 foot  7 inches in height; Fresh complexion; Brown eyes; Brown hair; with no "Marks or Scar, whether on face or other parts of body".  Cummins trade is listed as "Nail maker".  His Age is listed at 24 years and 282 days.  His age at enrollment in the Corps of Royal Engineers was 19 years.

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

When Cummins receives his final Discharge, on the 24th of October, 1863, Colonel Moody describes his Character as "Conduct, Very Good".

Cummins remains in the Colony upon the disbandment in 1863.

When the Seymour Artillery Volunteers began in 1866, Cummins is listed as a Trumpeter. It is unclear if this means he was in fact a bugler or if he played the trumpet in the Seymour Artillery Company Band. If he did play the Trumpet, it is also very probable that Cummins was a member of the RE band, under Bandmaster Haynes, RE.

According to Frances Woodward, Cummins received Crown Grant, March 14th 1870 for Lot 43, Group 2, New Westminster District, 150-acre military grant.

From 1876-77, Cummins worked as a blacksmith (which is supported by his trade being listed as "Nail Maker" whilst in the Detachment).

From 1900-1907, Cummins worked as an assistant steward in the Royal Columbian Hospital.

Cummins died in 1911 and was survived by a daughter and 6 grandchildren.