Looking for a De lamont, possibly named Thomas Bernard or Bernard Frances, birthplace unknown, who was in the British Army and went to fight in the Maori Wars in New Zealand in the 1860s. The regiment then proceded to NSW Australia. De lamont then appears to have worked at Victoria Barracks in Sydney, though for the British or Australian forces is not clear. He fathered an illegitimate daughter in 1873, to a servant at the barracks, Emily Jones. They apparently lived together until his death between 1875-79. No record of this death can be found in Australia. The child was named Clelia Maud Mary Jones, and Emily conveniently altered her name at this time to Emeline Lamont Jones
Perhaps he was already married in England and this is why he didn't marry Emily. She apparently used his name, at least after his death, for when she married Joseph Petherbridge in 1879, she was Christabella Emeline Lamont, spinster.
When the daughter Clelia married, she stated her name as Celelia Maud mary DE Lamont and her her father as Thomas Bernard De Lamont, but given the proclivity to changing names, there is no guarantee that this is correct.
Do you have any missing Delamonts who disappear from England never to return?Any little leads at all would be appreciated as I have really hit a brickwall with this chap.
Despite the illegitimacy, which I think was well hidden at the time, Delamont has become a family name and is handed down in each generation, with Malcolm Delamont Brown being the current Australian bearer of the name. Thanks in anticipation, Marie in Sydney