In 1755 the 51st Regiment of Foot was renumbered (from the 53rd). It received a county designation in 1782, as the 51st (2nd Yorkshire, West Riding) Regiment of Foot. In 1821 the regiment received royal status, becoming the 51st (2nd Yorkshire, West Riding, The King’s Own Light Infantry) Regiment. During the early 19th century the regiment served in the Napoleonic and Peninsular campaigns and served at Waterloo in 1815.
Between August and December 1837, six convict ships left Britain with 51st Regiment guards on board bound for New South Wales and Van Diemen’s Land. The regiment continued to arrive in Australia as convict guards, and in larger numbers on troopships, during the decade that followed. Some of these ships are profiled on the Ships page. Arguably the most famous of the journeys made by 30 officers and men was on the ship Buffalo. That story can be read on the Anecdotes page.
In June 1840, a detachment of 145 officers and men arrived in Western Australia on Runnymede from Hobart; a further 46 men arrived on Eudora and Champion between 1841 and 1844. Thirty three 51st men took their discharge and settled in Western Australia; one of them was this man featured on the right.
The 51st in Australia left Hobart for India on Java in 1847. Its last port of call was on 15th March 1847 when the balance of the detachment in WA boarded Java on her way to Calcutta.
|NAME Charles HORN||Name variations: Horne|
|Birth Date and Place||c.1818 Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England [WO12-6207-47].|
|Baptism Date and Place||Possibly a non-conformist chapel – not verified.|
|Marriage Date and Place||August 1845 Swan, Western Australia [WABDM Reg.#147].|
|Spouse||Sarah MARSHALL [WABDM Reg.#147].|
[Sources include birth registrations
|Charles b.1846 Guildford, Western Australia.|
Frederick b.1847 Guildford, Western Australia.
Albert b.1848 Guildford, Western Australia.
Rosa Hellen b.1851 Guildford, Western Australia.
Alice Elizabeth b.1854 Beverley, Western Australia.
Edwin b.1856 Beverley, Western Australia.
Andrew b.1859 ‘Addington’, Beverley, Western Australia.
Walter b.1862 ‘Low Dale’, Beverley, Western Australia.
William b.1868 Beverley, Western Australia.
|Occupations||Shoemaker (England & Middle Swan, WA) [WO12-6207-47 & WABDM].|
Royal Mail Carrier York to Toodyay 1848 [Inquirer 5 Jul 1848].
Night Warder Convict Establishment Aug-Sep 1852 [BARK p.107].
Mounted Police 10 Apr 1855 to 11 May 1858 [PASH Index].
Saddler York 1859 [WACEN].
Confectioner 1862 [ERIC p.1531].
|Land Acquisition in WA|
|Death Date and Place||28 Jan 1869 Perth, Western Australia [WABDM Reg.#4136].|
|Burial Date and Place||29 Jan 1869 East Perth Cemetery, Western Australia [EPCEM].|
|Death, Funeral, Obituary Notices||None.|
|Will and Probate||None.|
|Regiment||51st (2nd Yorkshire West Riding, The Kings Own Light Infantry) Regiment.|
|Soldier No. and Rank||#1296 Private.|
|Enlistment Date and Place||01 Jan 1839 Warden District, Bedfordshire (?)|
Age 21 years. Bounty paid to recruit £2 10s. 0d. [WO12-6200-560].
|Physical Description||Height: 5 ft. 6 ins.|
|Medals, Clasps and Badges||None.|
|Arrival Van Diemen’s Land: Ship and Date||Hindostan. Embarked 1 May 1839, paid to 7 Sep 1839 [WO12-6201-12].|
Arr. 12 Sep 1839 from London, England dep. 9 May 1839 [DPS].
|Arrival Western Australia: Ship and Date||Runnymede 08 Jun 1840 from Hobart [TROVE].|
|Military Postings within Western Australia|
King George’s Sound (KGS) Jun 1840 to Jan 1841.
|Courts Martial in Western Australia||None.|
|Discharge Date and Place||31 Dec 1844 Perth, Western Australia [WO28-266-46].|
Gratuity of £20 to be paid by Regiment Agent in Swan River Colony [WO12-6207-47].
|Age at Discharge||c. 26 years [deduced].|
|Length of Service||Six years [deduced].|