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Royal Marines 1854 Britains Sea Soldiers Vol 1 by Cyril Field
NameBLIGHT – William
Regiment (s)Royal Marines
Regiment Number (s) 51 and 8119
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
5 April 1842 / 18 years / Plymouth Devonshire England
Coachman, groom
Description – Height
5 Ft 6½ in
Freckled / Blue / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationService on following ships:
 10th February – 9th August 1845 – 6 months
Constance 6th August 1846 – 4th December 1849 – 3 years 4 months 2 days
Also possibly spent time on Great Tasmania in 1855 during the Crimean War: see newspaper article
Length of Service14 years 2 months 9 days
Afloat 3 years 10 months and 2 days
Ashore 10 years 4 months 7 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 14th June 1856 / Plymouth Devonshire England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Not yet known
Pension Districts1856 1st Plymouth
1857 Exeter
1861 1st Plymouth
1865-c1872 Western Australia (pension details not known)
c1877-1895 South Australia (pension details not known)
Pension Paid£9/4/0 per annum
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
30th September 1865 Portland Dorset England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
VIMIERA 22nd December 1865
Date/Place of Birth5th or 6th April 1824 St Germans Cornwall England
Date/Place of Baptism18th April 1824 St Germans Cornwall England
Date/Place of Birth
BLIGHT Lawrence
bap 21st May 1780 Saint Cleer Cornwall England
Date/Place of Birth
PHILP Elizabeth B Not yet known
M Not yet known
SiblingsJoseph B 8th October 1826 St Germans Cornwall
D Not yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
B 1823 Wembury Devon
Date/Place of Marriage5th September 1844 Stoke Damerel Devon
Children by 1st WifeSarah Jane B 1844 East Stonehouse Devon (Mother Rowse)
Hannah B 1845 Plymouth Devon
Bp 14 December 1845 Charles the Martyr Plymouth Devon
D 1852 Plymouth Devon
Bur 19th June 1853 Plymstock Devon
William who lived at Daly SA
Sarah Jane B 2nd Qtr 1852 East Stonehouse Devon Mother Rowse
D 1852 Staddiscombe Devon
Bur 19th December 1852 Plymstock Devon
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
2nd WifeWILLIAMS Elizabeth father Thomas Williams
B 1829 Kingsbridge Devon
Date/Place of Marriage19th January 1853 Parish Church Stoke Damerel Devon England
Children by 2nd WifeThomas B 1853 Stonehouse Plymouth Devon
Bp 8th September 1858 Heavitree Devon
D Possible:13th July 1894 Old men’s home Perth Western Australia (Epilepsy)
Lawrence B 1854 Stonehouse Plymouth Devon
Bp 8th September 1858 Heavitree Devon
M CHAPPELL Elizabeth Jane 16th September 1876 Residence of John Liddicoat Walleroo Mine Daly South Australia
D 25th May 1916 Narrogin Western Australia
Buried Narrogin Cemetery WA
William Henry B 3rd Qtr 1856 Stoke Demerel Devon (Mother Williams)
Bp 8th September 1858 Heavitree Devon
M BURT Louisa 4th August 1879 Angaston South Australia
M McKERRON Elizabeth nee CANNON 9th March 1931 Adelaide SA
D 11th December 1932 Prospect South Australia
Frederick B c1858 Exeter Devon England
Bp 8th September 1858 Heavitree Devon
Alfred B c1858 Exeter Devon
Bp 8th September 1858 Heavitree Devon
John B 1860 Exeter Devon
Bp 30th April 1860 Heavitree Devon
D 12th January 1873 Wallaroo South Australia His mother was Jane but it may be him
Elizabeth Jane B 8th June 1864 Plymouth Devon
Bp 14th December 1864 Christchurch Plymouth Devon
M RICHARDSON Thomas 27th February 1889 Hindmarsh South Australia
D 13th June 1943 Adelaide South Australia
Charles John B 1867 Perth Western Australia
M HUTCHINS Alice May 27th August 1890 North Adelaide South Australia
D 26th August 1941 Bowden Adelaide South Australia
Land Grants Western
Apparent grant of land but possibly forfeited when he left Western Australia – see letter
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesThe Express and Telegraph Monday 15th July 1878 page 2
South Australian Advertiser 26th July 1897
South Australian Advertiser 5th November 1898
The Express and Telegraph (Adelaide) Saturday 17th March 1900 page 4 death Notice Elizabeth
Observer Adelaide Saturday 10 June 1905
News Adelaide Tuesday 13th December 1932 – page 6
Departure from Western
11th July 1878 per RMS Tanjori from King Georges Sound W. Blight (The family must have followed on another ship)
Date/Place of Death/Burial31st May 1905 Maylands South Australia
2nd June 1905 Hindmarsh Cemetery South Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1st Wife
1852 East Stonehouse Devon
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
2nd Wife
16th March 1900 Brompton Park Hindmarsh South Australia
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationFurther Information Police Constable Devon County Constabulary c1858-1864
Crimean War service on medical staff
William Blight was invalided out of the Royal Marines disability not detailed.
In the 1851 Census William Blight and his family are living at 2 Chapel Lane in East Stonehouse. William is a Royal Marine age 26 and born St. Germans Cornwall. His wife Sarah is aged 28 and her occupation is as a milliner and she was born at Wembury in Devon. Their daughter Hannah is age 5 and she was born at Plymouth in Devon
By the time of the 1861 census William is living at South Cottage Shebbear Village Devon and he is now a County Constable. He is married to his second wife Elizabeth who is age 32 and was born at Kingsbridge in Devon. They are living with their 5 sons Thomas age 8, Lawrence age 7 both born Stonehouse Devon, Frederick and Alfred both age 3 and John age 1 latter three were born in Exeter Devon.
In the 1861 Census their son William Blight age 5 is living with John and Jane Rowse at 53 James Street Stoke Demerel he is described as their son.
2nd January 1883 William Blight was admitted to the (Royal) Adelaide Hospital. At the time he was age 59, married, Church of England living at Bowden, a labourer born Cornwall he had been 4 years in the Colony (SA) and arrived on the Tanjore