|NAME Francis MASON||Name variations: None encountered.|
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|Regiment||51st (2nd Yorkshire West Riding, The Kings Own Light Infantry) Regiment.|
|Soldier No. and Rank||#512 Private.|
|Enlistment Date and Place|
|Medals, Clasps and Badges||Good 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 Date||Blenheim. 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 Date||Runnymede 25 Jun 1840 from Hobart [TROVE].|
|Military Postings within Western Australia||Canning 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 Australia||None.|
|Discharge Date and Place||31 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, Ancestry.com, 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.
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