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24th Regiment South Wales Borderers cap badge
Punjab Medal (Chilianwala Clasp)
NameBLEWER – William
Regiment (s)24th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 2472
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
29th April 1845 / 20 years 5 months / Westminster Middlesex England
Description – Height
5 Ft 7 7/8 in
Fresh / Hazel / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 3 years 4 months
Length of Service5 years 107 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 13th August 1850 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsArmy of the Punjab 1848-& 1849, present at the storming of Sadoolapore, (Sadulapur) wounded Chillianwallah. Entitled to Punjab Medal
Intended Residence at
Purfleet Essex England
Pension Districts1851 2nd East London
1851 Deptford
1855-1857 Western Australia
1857-1893 South Australia
Pension Paid8d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
5th February 1855 Plymouth England via Cape of Good Hope
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
STAG 23rd May 1855
Date/Place of BirthDecember 1824 Grays near Romford Essex England
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
1781 Essex England
Not yet known
SiblingsGeorge B c1826 Not yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
Date/Place of Marriage18th November 1851 The Assumption Deptford, Kent England
Children by 1st WifeMary Ann B 1850 Not yet known
M BROOKS Alfred 16th September 1871 Presbyterian Manse Port Adelaide South Australia
D 20th February 1931
Buried Cheltenham cemetery
Teresa B 3rd Quarter 1852 Greenwich Kent England
M COOK Henry 7th October 1871 Presbyterian Manse Port Adelaide South Australia
D 1876 Victoria
Agnes B 3rd Quarter 1854 Greenwich Kent England (possible)
M THOMAS William 1870
D 4th April 1918 Everton South Australia
Buried Cheltenham Cemetery.
Catherine B 7th December 1858 Port Adelaide South Australia
M NICHOLSON Thomas 16th September 1873 Presbyterian Manse Port Adelaide South Australia
D 29th June 1894 Rosewater Parkside Adelaide Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
After his arrival in SA he was a boarding house and brothel keeper employing at least 2 of his daughters and his wife see South Australian Chronicle and Weekly Mail Saturday 29th December 1877 – page 22
Newspaper ArticlesThe Perth Gazette and Independent Journal of News and Politics Friday 9th January 1857 – page 3
South Australian Weekly Chronicle Saturday 22nd November 1862 – page 2
The Adelaide Express Friday 29th July 1864 – page 3
The Express and Telegraph Adelaide Wednesday 28th November 1872 – page 2
The Express and Telegraph Friday 30th August 1878 – page 2
Adelaide Observer  Saturday 23rd September 1893 – page 16
The Express and Telegraph Tuesday 19th September 1893 – page 2
Evening Journal Wednesday 20th September 1893 – page 2
Departure from Western
1857 repay £15.10.10 for passage
Date/Place of Death/Burial20th September 1893 Rosewater St. Kilda Adelaide South Australia
Cheltenham Cemetery Adelaide South Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
14th November 1888 Rosewater Adelaide South Australia (Bluver)
Cheltenham Cemetery Adelaide South Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationReason for discharge:
Grapeshot wound of the right foot in action at Chillianwallah 13 January 1849. The ball having penetrated among the metatarsal bones on the outer side of the foot, extensive inflammation and suppuration among the muscles and tendons both on the upper and the sole of the foot ensured and has resulted in adhesions among the muscles and tendons of the bones restricting the proper motions of the foot and ankle.
Invalided 4 September 1849 returned to England 7 February 1850.
1841 Census HO 107/324/12
Poorfleet Street, West Thurrock, Purfleet, Essex
Sarah Blewer, 60, Born Essex, England
George Blewer, 20, Born Essex, England
William Blewer, 15, Born Essex, England
AJCP reel 466/87 part 2 Folio 233
Proceedings of a Court of Inquiry into complaints by the wives of the Pensioner Guard on the Stag into the conduct of the Super Intendent Surgeon Caldwell. Blewer not mentioned.