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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
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 14th June 1856 / Plymouth Devonshire England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Exeter Devonshire
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 Not yet known
Date/Place of Marriage5th September 1844 Stoke Damerel Devon
Children by 1st WifeHannah B 1845 Plymouth Devon
D 1852 Plymouth Devon
Elizabeth Jane B 1852 Plymouth Devon
D 1872 Daly South Australia
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
B 1829 location not yet known
Date/Place of Marriage1853 Devon England
Children by 2nd WifeThomas B 1853 Stonehouse Plymouth Devon
D 1894 Western Australia
Lawrence B 1854 Stonehouse Plymouth Devon
D 25th May 1916 Narrogin Western Australia
William B 1856 Stonehouse Plymouth Devon
M BURT Louisa 4th August 1879 Angaston South Australia
D 1932 Prospect South Australia
Frederick B 1858 Exeter Devon England
Alfred B 1858 Exeter Devon
John B 1860 Exeter Devon
D 12th January 1873 Wallaroo South Australia
Elizabeth Jane B 1864 Plymouth Devon
M RICHARDSON Thomas 1889 Hindmarsh South Australia
D 1914 Adelaide South Australia
Charles John B 1867 Perth Western Australia
Land Grants Western
Apparent grant of land but possibly forfeited when he left Western Australia – see letter
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesSouth Australian Advertiser 26th July 1897
South Australian Advertiser 5th November 1898
Observer Adelaide Saturday 10 June 1905
News Adelaide Tuesday 13th December 1932 – page 6
Departure from Western
Not clear when he departed for South Australia c1877 (tentative)
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
1900 Hindmarsh South Australia
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationPolice Constable Devon County Constabulary c1858-1864

Crimean War service on medical staff