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BETTS – William 13th Light Dragoons

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13th Dragoons – Hussars
NameBETTS – William
Regiment (s)13th Light Dragoons
Regiment Number (s) 800
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
3rd June 1829 / 20 years / Westminster Middlesex England
Description – Height
5 Ft 8 in
Dark / Hazel / Dark Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 10 years
Length of Service23 years 193 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 25th October 1853 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Banbury Oxfordshire England
Pension Districts1853 Coventry
1856-1858 Western Australia
1858 Coventry
1859 1st West London
1859-1875 Coventry
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
5th June 1856 Plymouth England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
RUNNYMEDE 7th September 1856
Date/Place of Birth1809 Banbury Oxfordshire England
Date/Place of BaptismBp 6 August 1810 Banbury Oxfordshire England
Date/Place of Birth
BETTS William
Date/Place of Birth
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
b 1834 Oxfordshire
Date/Place of Marriage3rd Qtr 1862 Banbury Oxford England
Children by 1st WifeWilliam b 1864 Banbury Oxfordshire
Ellen b 1865 Banbury Oxfordshire
Mary b 1866 Banbury Oxfordshire
Eliza b 1871 Neithrop Oxfordshire
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Not applicable
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesNot yet known
Departure from Western
1858 to England
Date/Place of Death/Burial1885 Banbury Oxfordshire England
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Possibly December 1878 Banbury, Oxfordshire
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationWas present at the Kurnool campaign 1839
British Army Worldwide Index
1841 William Betts, 800 location Canterbury and Margate
1851 William Betts, 800 location Edinburgh
Discharge due to chronic rheumatismDecember 1856 Private Betts, 13th Regt struck of list for being drunk. (SROWA Cons 36 Vol 362 folio 195)
William Betts was paid in Western Australia to December 1858 when he returned to England and his pension paid Coventry
1871 Census William is living with his family at Towns End Neithrop Banbury Oxfordshire, he is working as a skinner’s labourer (fellmonger)
1881 Census William is still living in Neithrop and is unemployed curiously he does not say he is a pensioner although his pension is recorded as being paid in Coventry up to 1875(no further records). Sarah is not with the family although William is married not a widower.