WOODS Henry

NAME: Henry WOODSName variations: WOOD
Birth Date and Placec. 1806 – 1809 Castleblayney, Monaghan, Ireland [WO97-1043-098].
Baptism Date and PlaceNot extant until 1835 [Diocese of Clogher NLI].
Marriage Date and Place1st unknown – UK before 1838.
2nd 30 May 1864 & 7 Jul 1864 Bunbury, Western Australia [WABDM Reg. #2130 & 2160].
Spouse1st Ann PITTS – not verified.
2nd Elizabeth BEALE (Widow of Mr ? BROWN).
ChildrenJames Hamilton b. 1841 Combana Farm, Bunbury, Wellington District, Western Australia [FSLDS Film #7720548].
Charlotte b. 1844 Bunbury, Western Australia [WABDM Reg. #389].
OccupationsLabourer.
Land Acquisition in WANone.
Death Date and Place30/31 Dec 1875 Up and Down Rocks, Grey District, South Australia [SABDM Reg. # 71/106].
Burial Date and Place1 Jan 1876 Lake Terrace Cemetery, Mount Gambier, South Australia.
Location: Section G, Plot 251 [C Ward].
Death, Funeral, Obituary Notices
Will and ProbateNone.

 

BRITISH ARMY
Regiment51st (2nd Yorkshire West Riding, The Kings Own Light Infantry) Regiment. 1 Apr 1847 transferred to
96th Regiment of Foot [WO12-9621-36].
Soldier No. and Rank#655 (51st)
#2017 (96th)  Note discrepancy in records – Musters & Pay Lists record #2017; Discharge to Pension (WO97) records #2020.
Attestation Date and Place21 May 1827 Armagh, Monaghan [WO97-1043-098]
Physical DescriptionHeight: 5 ft. 7 ins. Complexion: fair. Eyes: hazel.  Hair: light brown.
Service/CampaignsAustralia 12 years.
PromotionsNone.
Medals, Clasps and BadgesFour Good Conduct Badges with pay per diem1836 (1d.), 1843 (2d.), 1845 (3d.), 1847 (4d.) [WO97-1043-098].
Casualty/MedicalWorn out and unfit for service in India.
Regimental Courts MartialNone.
District Courts MartialNone.
General Courts MartialNone.
Arrival Australian State: Ship and DateLord Lyndoch.  Embarked 24 Mar 1838 at Deptford. Paid to 31 Jul 1838.
Dep. 4 Apr 1838 London. Arr. 8 Aug 1838 Port Jackson, NSW. [WO12-6200-?].
Arrival Western Australia: Ship and DateRunnymede 25 Jun 1840 from Hobart [TROVE].
Military Postings within Western Australia51st Regiment
Leschenault 25 June 1840 31 Dec 1842.
Bunbury 1 Jan to 30 Sep 1843.
Perth HQ 1 Oct to 30 Nov 1843.
Bunbury 1 Dec 1843 to 30 Jun 1846.
Perth HQ 1 Jul 1846 to 31 Mar 1847 including Garrison Duty Aug & Oct 1846 & Jan 1847.
[All sourcing from WO12-6202 TO 6208].
96th Regiment
1 Apr 1847 to 15 May 1849 when discharged to pension.
[All sourcing from WO12-9624]. Note: WO12-9624 Pay List not extant in WA.
Courts Martial in Western AustraliaNone.
Discharge Date and Place15 May 1849 (conditional) [WO28-266-101].
31 Aug 1849 (approved)  [MSJ p.841].
Age at Discharge43 years.
Length of Service21 years 345 days.
Chelsea Pension ReferenceWO97-1043-098.
Pension DistrictWestern Australia.
Pension Amount1s. 0d. per diem.
Notes on Pension PaymentPaid by Regiment to 31 May 1850.
Paid by Commissariat to 30 Jun 1851.
Thereafter, transferred to Captain Bruce’s Pay List.
There is nothing to suggest Woods 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 [WO22-248-43].
ADDITIONAL DETAILS
Perth Gazette 3 Mar 1865
Lake Terrace Cemetery, Mt Gambier

 

Henry Woods’ first wife died in 1862 in Western Australia [not verified].

Henry married widow Elizabeth Brown, nee Beale, in 1864.  The couple, with an unnamed child, left Fremantle on Ann Saunderson on 2 Mar 1865 and arrived in Adelaide on 26 Mar 1865. The voyage is substantiated by Elizabeth’s record in Adelaide Hospital Admissions Volume 3 Number 652 [courtesy Chris Ward].