In 1755 the 51st Regiment of Foot was renumbered (from the 53rd). It received a county designation in 1782, as the 51st (2nd Yorkshire, West Riding) Regiment of Foot. In 1821 the regiment received royal status, becoming the 51st (2nd Yorkshire, West Riding, The King’s Own Light Infantry) Regiment. During the early 19th century the regiment served in the Napoleonic and Peninsular campaigns and served at Waterloo in 1815.
Between August and December 1837, six convict ships left Britain with 51st Regiment guards on board bound for New South Wales and Van Diemen’s Land. The regiment continued to arrive in Australia as convict guards, and in larger numbers on troopships, during the decade that followed. Some of these ships are profiled on the Ships page. Arguably the most famous of the journeys made by 30 officers and men was on the ship Buffalo. That story can be read on the Anecdotes page.
In June 1840, a detachment of 145 officers and men arrived in Western Australia on Runnymede from Hobart; a further 46 men arrived on Eudora and Champion between 1841 and 1844. Thirty three 51st men took their discharge and settled in Western Australia; one of them was this man featured on the right.
The 51st in Australia left Hobart for India on Java in 1847. Its last port of call was on 15th March 1847 when the balance of the detachment in WA boarded Java on her way to Calcutta.
|NAME: Samuel WYNNE||Name variations: Wynn.|
|Birth Date and Place||c. 1801 Warrington, Lancashire, England [WO97-652-79].|
|Baptism Date and Place|
|Marriage Date and Place|
|Land Acquisition in WA|
|Death Date and Place||22 Apr 1859 Bunbury, Western Australia [WABDM Reg #1297].|
|Burial Date and Place||23 Apr 1859 Bunbury Pioneer Catholic Cemetery, Western Australia [LDS Film #7720548 p.90].|
|Death, Funeral, Obituary Notices||None.|
|Will and Probate||None.|
|Regiment||51st (2nd Yorkshire West Riding, The Kings Own Light Infantry) Regiment.|
|Soldier No. and Rank||#478 Private [WO97-652-79].|
|Attestation Date and Place||14 Oct 1825 Liverpool, Lancashire (aged 24).|
|Physical Description||Height: 5 ft. 8 ins. Complexion: fresh. Eyes: grey. Hair: brown.|
Distinguishing marks: head rather on one side.
|Service/Campaigns||Ionian Islands 5 years 6 months.|
Australian Colonies 7 years 6 months.
|Medals, Clasps and Badges||None.|
|Casualty/Medical||Worn out and not fit for service in India.|
|Regimental or District Courts Martial||Imprisoned from 20 Mar 1832 to 2 May 1832. Possibly Regimental Court Martial.|
Imprisoned from 12 Apr 1836 to 27 Jun 1836. Possibly District Court Martial.
Imprisoned from 27 Oct 1836 to 3 Mar 1837. Possibly District Court Martial.
WO86-002-183 and 218 cite District Courts Martial for a Saml. Wynn in Dublin and Belfast respectively, but the dates are not exactly the same.
|Arrival Australian State: Ship and Date||Augusta Jessie. Embarked 11 Oct 1839, Deptford, London [WO25-3503].|
Arr. 25 Feb 1840 Port Jackson, NSW. Dep. Kingston, Dublin, Ireland 11 Nov 1839 [DPS].
Arr. 4 Apr 1840 Hobart, VDL. Dep. 22 Mar 1840 Sydney, NSW [The Colonist; WO12-6202-19].
|Arrival Western Australia: Ship and Date||Runnymede 25 Jun 1840 from Hobart [TROVE].|
|Military Postings within Western Australia||Williamsburg 25 Jun 1840 to 31 May 1843.|
Perth HQ 1 Jun to 30 Sep 1843 inc. Garrison Duty (Sep).
Bunbury 1 Oct 1843 to 30 Jun 1846.
Perth HQ 1 Jul 1846 to 31 Jan 1847.
On furlough until discharge 11 Mar 1847.
[All sourcing from WO12-6202 TO 6208].
|Courts Martial in Western Australia||None.|
|Discharge Date and Place|
Admitted to Pension
|11 Mar 1847 Perth, Western Australia [WO97-652-79].|
24 Aug 1847 Perth, Western Australia [WO23-149].
|Age at Discharge||45 years 6 months.|
|Length of Service||20 years 288 days [WO97-652-79].|
21 years 3 months [WO23-149].
|Chelsea Pension Reference||WO97-652-79.|
|Pension District||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 Wynne 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].