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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 25 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.