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Obituary 1900
British Crimea Medal – 4 clasps
Turkish Crimea Medal


Indian Mutiny Medal w Lucknow Clasp
20th Regiment Lancashire Fusiliers Badge
57th Regiment West_Middlesex Badge
NameBEWSHER – William
Regiment (s)57th and 20th Regiment 1st Battalion
Regiment Number (s) 1264 – 20th Regiment
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
9th March 1837 / 18 years 11 months / Bow Street London Middlesex England
Description – Height
5 Ft 7½ in
Fair / Grey / Light / None
Overseas Service/DurationBermuda – 5 years 190 days
North America – 6 years 56 days
Crimea – 1 years 310 days
East Indies – 314 days
Length of Service21 years 276 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeCorporal / 19th April 1859 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsCrimea War Medal with Alma Balaclava Inkerman and Sebastopol clasps
Turkish Crimea Medal
Indian Mutiny Medal with Lucknow clasp
Intended Residence at
Not stated
Pension Districts1859 2nd Plymouth
1863 Tilbury
1863-1900 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/1½d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
15th March 1863 Portland Dorset England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
CLYDE 29th May 1863
Date/Place of Birthc1819 Lymington Hampshire England
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
SOMERS / SUMMERS Eleanor / Elenore  /Elinor
B c1828 Halifax Nova Scotia Canada
Date/Place of Marriagec1849 unknown location
Children by 1st WifeFrederick George B 1850 Halifax Canada
Walker Mary 1874 Perth WA
D 11th October 1931 Perth Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Elizabeth B 1852 Halifax Nova Scotia Canada
M GRIFFIN George 1867 Bunbury
D 4th August 1943 Western Australia
bur Baptist Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
William Henry B 1858 Plymouth Devon England
D 10th February 1933 Perth Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Edward Thomas B 1860 Devonport Devon England
D 7th April 1921 Boogardie Mt Magnet Western Australia
bur Mt Magnet Western Australia
Harriet Martha B 1862 Stoke Damerel,Devon England
D 1877 Picton Western Australia
Arthur John B 1868 Bunbury Western Australia
D 26th August 1944 Perth Western Australia
bur Baptist Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
2nd Husband of WifeHEXLEY John David
Date/Place of Marriage1903 unknown location
Children by 2nd HusbandNone
Land Grants Western
Granted Lot 26 of 2 acres in Bunbury (mentioned in probate settlement
Occupation after
Newspaper ArticlesBunbury Herald 23rd and 25th August 1900
The West Australian Saturday 23rd October 1915 page 1 Death notice Eleanor Hexley
Mt Magnet Miner and Lennonville Leader Saturday 9th April 1921 page 2 Death of Edward Bewsher
Daily News Monday 12th October 1931 page 1 Obituary Frederick Bewsher
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial24th August 1900 Bunbury Western Australia
St Mark’s Church and Picton Cemetery Picton Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
30th October 1915 Fremantle Western Australia
Baptist Section Fremantle Cemetery Western Australia
Will or ProbateWill: 12 Jun 1880. Probate: 13 Sep 1900, Supreme Court of Western Australia.
[Cons 3403-1900-090]
William Bewsher left his estate consisting of a block of land on the Picton road at Bunbury with a 6 roomed brick and weather board house to his three sons Frederick, William and Edward to be divided equally amongst them, Frederick being named the executor. His wife (Ellen) Bewster and daughter Elizabeth Griffin lodged a caveat against the will. The value of the estate was £121/14/6.
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1851 William Bewsher 1264 Private 20th Foot location Montreal Canada
Discharge due to chronic rheumatism, a slight wound to the
back of the neck at Lucknow caused by a musket ball. Failing health.
In the 1851 Census RG09/1450/85/19 William a Chelsea pensioner is living with his wife and family at 72 Pembroke street Stoke Dameril Devonport England.
Eleanor his wife is aged 33 and was born at Halifax North America
Son Frederick aged 11 was born Canada as was Elizabeth who was aged 9. William aged 3 years was born at Plymouth Devon and Edward aged 1 at Devonport Devon.