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|NAME John WILLIAMS||Name variations: None encountered.|
|Birth Date and Place||1807 Andrews Street, Liverpool, Lancaster, England [Liverpool Record Office 283-PET-8-1].|
|Baptism Date and Place||19 Jul 1807 Parish of St Peter, Liverpool, Lancaster [ditto].|
|Marriage Date and Place||21 Feb 1835 St Mary’s Church, Buttevant, County Cork, Ireland [NLI 04998-01-p.281].
Roman Catholic Diocese of Cloyne.
|Spouse||Margaret HAYS or HAYES.|
|Children||Robert b.1837 Shankill, Belfast, Antrim, Ireland [NLI 05470-01].
Mary Jane b.1841 Dale Station, York, Western Australia [FSLDS 007720553-244-33].
|Occupations||Native Police Constable.
|Land Acquisition in WA|
|Death Date and Place||3 Aug 1889 Northam, Western Australia [WABDM Reg.431].|
|Burial Date and Place||Aug 1889 Northam, Western Australia [Oz Burials].|
|Death, Funeral, Obituary Notices|
|Will and Probate||None.|
|Regiment||51st (2nd Yorkshire West Riding) The Kings Own Light Infantry Regiment.|
|Soldier No. and Rank||#435 Private [WO97-652-68].|
|Attestation Date and Place||5 Jul 1825 Liverpool, Lancaster.|
|Physical Description||Height: 5 ft. 5½ ins. Complexion: fair. Eyes: hazel. Hair: brown.|
|Service/Campaigns||Ionian Islands 10 Sep to 12 Jun 1834.
Australian Colonies 29 Mar 1838 to 11 Mar 1847.
|Medals, Clasps and Badges||16 Aug 1839 Good Conduct Badge 1d. per diem [WO12-6202-137]
1 Sep 1842 Good Conduct Badge 2d. per diem [WO12-6204-207]. Forfeited 17 Jun 1843 [WO12-6205-191].
|Casualty/Medical||Chronic Rheumatism and deafness and totally worn out – Assistant Surgeon.
Unfit for the duties of a soldier in consequence of age and infirmities – Principal Medical Officer [WO97-652-68].
|Regimental Courts Martial||See Western Australian records.|
|District Courts Martial||None.|
|General Courts Martial||None.|
|Arrival Australian State: Ship and Date||Lord William Bentinck. Embarked 29 Mar 1838 paid in advance to 5 Aug 1838 [WO12-6200-242].
dep. Portsmouth 14 Apr 1838; arr. Hobart Town, Van Diemen’s Land 26 Aug 1838 [DPS].
Note: John Williams and 22 other troops disembarked on 3 Sep 1838 [WO12-6200].
|Arrival Western Australia: Ship and Date||Runnymede 8 Jun 1840 from Hobart [TROVE].|
|Military Postings within Western Australia||
Dale Jun 1840 to Aug 1841 [WO12-6202/6203].
|Regimental Courts Martial in Western Australia
(also see above)
|16 June 1843 to serve 40 days with hard labour (repairing roads etc). 17 Jun 1843 entry in Defaulters Book.
17 Apr 1844 to serve 20 days.
4 Sep 1944 to serve three months solitary confinement then six months hard labour (cook for gaol, quarrying stones) but discharged 29 January 1845.
Confinement in the Round House, Fremantle [ERRI].
|Discharge Date and Place||11 Mar 1847 Perth, Western Australia [WO97-652-68].
24 Aug 1847 Horse Guards, Westminster, London [WO97-652-68].
|Age at Discharge||39 years 8 months.|
|Length of Service||21 years 63 days.|
|Chelsea Pension Reference||WO97-652-68.|
|Pension District||Perth, Western Australia.|
|Pension Amount||1/0d. per diem.|
|Notes on Pension Payment||Paid by Regiment to 31 Mar 1848.
Paid by Commissariat to 30 Jun 1851.
Thereafter transferred to Captain Bruce’s Pay List.
There is nothing to suggest Williams was taken onto EPF strength, this was merely a means of receiving his pension entitlement as a military pensioner once Perth became a Pension District with the arrival of Captain John Bruce and the EPF men [WO22-248-39].
|Permission has been given by Graham Leader for a more detailed background of John Williams’ Army Career prior to arriving in Western Australia and his personal life beyond. Click here.
John Williams authored A Note Book (1840) extant in the State Library of Western Australia, Acc No. 678A.