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Pensioner Barracks Fremantle by Jeanette Lee – EPG Gazette 2017 No 3

66th Regiment Badge
Attwood Land Title


NameATTWOOD – Edwin
Regiment (s)66th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1796/568
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
Date of first being attested not known c1841
28th April 1858 / 35 years 6 months / Bristol England
Description – Height
5 Ft 8¾ in
Fresh / Grey / Light Brown / Cicatrix on back of right shoulder and right leg
Overseas Service/DurationGibraltar – 4 years 1 month
West Indies – 3 years 5 months
Canada – 3 years 4 months
East Indies – 5 years 2 months
Length of Service21 years 86 days (Edwin was allowed to reckon his former service in the 66th of 15 years and 58 days added to current service of 4 years and 325 days)
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeCorporal / 24th May 1864  /Netley Hampshire England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Bristol England
Pension Districts1864 Bristol
1865 Tilbury
1865 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/- in 1887 Increased to 1/6d per diem for service in Enrolled Force
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
26th May 1865 Portland England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
RACEHORSE 10th August 1865
Date/Place of Birthc1823 St. Cuthbert Wells Somerset England
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
c1796 Somerset England
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
SEDGWICK Alice Esther aka TURNER for her stepfather EPG John Turner
b c 1849
Date/Place of Marriage1866 Fremantle Western Australia
Children by 1st WifeJohn Edwin B 1868 Western Australia
M CHIDWICK Ellen Fanny 1892 Fremantle Western Australia
D 22nd January 1941 Hollywood Western Australia
bur Niche in Rose Garden Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Ada Elizabeth B 1870 Fremantle Western Australia
M GRAY Herbert Richard 11 November 1889 Fremantle WA
D 5th July 1923 North Fremantle Western Australia
Bur Fremantle Anglican Cemetery
Charles Alfred
B 1872 Fremantle Western Australia
M JOHNSON Alice Lilian May 1896 Fremantle Western Australia
D 25th March 1942 Mosman Park Western Australia
bur ashes taken by funeral director from Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Joseph Sedgwick B 1875 Fremantle Western Australia
M THEAKSTON Edith Alice Maud 1902 Fremantle Western Australia
D 25th October 1955 East Fremantle Western Australia
bur ashes dispersed at Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Harriet Ellen or Helen B 1877 Fremantle Western Australia
M MOFFLIN Frank Wallington 1899 Perth Western Australia
D 1941 Northam Western Australia
Amy Adelaide B 1880 Fremantle Western Australia
M BIFFIN John Aaron 1898 Fremantle Western Australia
D 14th August 1957 East Fremantle Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Evelyn Annie B 1882 Fremantle Western Australia
D 7th July 1958 Fremantle Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Fremantle Cemetery Western Australia
William Hamilton B 1884 Fremantle Western Australia
D 13th October  1956 Fremantle Western Australia
bur Garden of Remembrance Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Esther Alice B 1887 Fremantle Western Australia
M NICHOLLS Rowland John Lewis 1905 Fremantle Western Australia
D 13th October 1956 Fremantle Western Australia
bur Ashes Garden of Remembrance Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
David Sedgwick
B 28 June 1825 Doncaster Yorkshire England
Stepfather Sergeant John Turner 70th & 71st regiment
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Mary Ann Torney daughter of EPG Richard Torney
Born 24 September1829 Bellary Madras India/
Married David Sedgwick 03 Mar 1847 Ireland
Married EPG John Turner 7 April 1852 Downpatrick Down Ireland
Land Grants Western
Perth Lot V153 Havelock Street near the corner of Thomas Street West Perth.
0.3.4 3 roods 4 perches
Assigned 11/11/1881 Title Application 27/09/1883 Deed 6/31
Occupation after
Appointed temporary Night Watchman for dredge party 6 August 1888 at the rate of 5/- per night.
Caretaker Fremantle Pensioner Barracks with right to occupy quarters until his death in 1898 (Unpaid)
Newspaper ArticlesThe West Australian Perth Saturday 12th November 1898 – page 6 Funeral Notice
The West Australian Saturday 8 January 1938 page 15 Obituary Alice Allwood
The Daily News Thursday 12 July 1923 page 3 Obituary of Ada Gray
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial11 November 1898 South Terrace Fremantle Western Australia
Church of England Section Skinner Street Cemetery Fremantle Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
7th January 1938 East Fremantle Western Australia
Anglican Section Fremantle Cemetery Western Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army, Worldwide Index – 1851 Edwin No 1796 was with the 66th regiment at Barbados West Indies. – 1861 No 568 he was stationed at Cannanore East Indies with 66th Regiment

Discharge: Due to chronic rheumatism
Corporal Edwin Attwood appears on the 1880 Nominal Roll for the Enrolled Guard. He served in the Enrolled Guard from 11th November 1880 until it was disbanded 31st March 1887.

When Edwin died on 11 November 1898 he was the Fremantle Barracks caretaker and as such was entitled to occupy quarters in the Barracks, which was where he died.

On 28th November 1891 a survey was taken of the residents of the Fremantle Barracks and it was recorded that Pensioner Attwood was living in four rooms with his wife and eight of his nine children. The children were listed as John aged 24, Alfred aged 19, Joseph aged 17, Harriett aged 14 all in employment, Amy aged 12, Eveline aged 9, Hamilton aged 7 and Ester(sic) Alice aged 4. The missing child is Ada. As a result of the survey John, Alfred and Joseph were ordered to find accommodation outside of the barracks.
By 1902 Mrs Attwood was living in Barracks with one of her sons who was the armourer for the Volunteers and had the right to Barracks quarters but when he decided to relinquish the post she re-applied for quarters which were duly granted.
In the Fremantle rate Books (1880) E. Attwood, Pensioner had two allotments in Attfield Street Fremantle with an unimproved value of £25; he also had a cottage in South Street with an improved value of £10 and an allotment with an unimproved value of £30. Rates payable were 9/- and 2/6 for the South Street properties.
At least one son Joseph Sedgewick Attwood followed his father’s footsteps serving with the Australian contingent during the Boer War.