MASON Francis

NAME Francis MASONName variations: None encountered.
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Regiment51st (2nd Yorkshire West Riding, The Kings Own Light Infantry) Regiment.
Soldier No. and Rank#512 Private.
Enlistment Date and Place
Medals, Clasps and BadgesGood Conduct Badge 1 Jan 1838, 1d. per diem, Chatham HQ [WO12-6200-204].
Forfeited Pay 5 Oct 1838 after name recorded in Defaulters Book [WO12-6200-528].
Restored 6 Oct 1839 1d. per diem, Hobart VDL [WO12-6201-133].
Good Conduct Badge Jun 1842, 2d. per diem, Swan River, WA [WO12-6204-183].
Forfeited Pay 5 May 1844, 1d. per diem after name recorded in Defaulters Book [WO12-6206-250].
Restored Jul 1845 2d. per diem [WO12-6208-44].
Arrival Australia State: Ship and DateBlenheim. Embarked 23 Apr 1839, paid to 30 Aug 1839.
Dep. London to Kingstown, Dublin April 1839.
Dep. Dublin 19 May 1839; Arr. Port Jackson, NSW 27 Sep 1839.
Arrival Western Australia: Ship and DateRunnymede 25 Jun 1840 from Hobart [TROVE].
Military Postings within Western AustraliaCanning 1 Jul 1840 to 30 Apr 1842.  On Command May 1842.
King George’s Sound 1 Jun to 30 Sep 1842.
Kojonup 1 Oct 1842 to 30 Sep 1843 (except April 1843 in KGS).
King George’s Sound 1 Oct 1843 to 31 Jan 1844.
Perth HQ 1 Feb to 30 Jun 1844 inc. Garrison Duty.
Kojonup 1 Jul to 30 Sep 1844.
King George’s Sound 1 Oct 1844 to 31 Jan 1847.
Perth HQ 1 Feb to 31 March 1847 when discharged.
[All sourcing from WO12-6202 TO 6208].
Courts Martial in Western AustraliaNone.
Discharge Date and Place31 Mar 1847 Perth, Western Australia [WO12-6208-190].
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The only records available for Francis Mason that I can find in print are:
MASON, FRANCIS No. 572 [sic] Private 51st. Stationed at Canning, Oct/Dec 1840 [Whiteley’s Military Establishment in Western Australia p.54.
MASON, (Pte) Francis, of 51st Regt. stationed in WA 1840-1847. At Canning 1840 [Erickson’s Bicentennial Dictionaries p.2147].
WO 12 51st Musters & Pay Lists from 1st April 1837 to 31st March 1847 [TNA via AJCP online].Seeking other records gave a negative response:
WO 12 51st Musters & Pay Lists prior to the dates above not extant in Australia make it impossible to track down a date or place of birth from enlistment details.
WO 97 Discharge to Chelsea Pension – not eligible.
WO 100 Medal Rolls – not eligible.
WO 28 General Orders for discharge period not extant.
BMD – none that can be verified in Australia when the benchmark of birthdate or birthplace are not available.
No records listed in police or warders/gaolers indices or books.
No records can be found in Family Search,, Find My Past, Fold 3, Forces War Records, FIBIS, BISA.
TROVE – none identified as the serving or former 51st soldier.Only two other men in the Swan River Colony named Francis Mason have been found: one a recividist convict transported for theft who re-offended twice for forgery; the other a Surgeon practising in Perth.Please click on email in footer below if you have any information about this Redcoat Settler, or he will remain invisible both before and after his Army service in Australia.