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BRITTON / BRITTAIN – Robert 83rd Regiment

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83rd Regiment Dublin
Regiment (s)83rd Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1278
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
3rd June 1837 / 18 years / Glasgow Lanark Scotland
Description – Height
5 Ft 9 in
Fair / Blue / Red / None
Overseas Service/DurationNorth America – 5 years
East Indies – 6 years 9 months
Length of Service17 years 301 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 30th December 1856 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Not yet known
Pension Districts1857 2nd Glasgow
1857 Paisley
1858 Coal House Point Battery
1858 – 1872 Western Australia
Pension Paid6d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
5th March 1858 Plymouth England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
LORD RAGLAN 1st June 1858
Date/Place of Birth25th December 1821 Glasgow Renfrew Scotland
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
CHRISTIE Margret or Margaret
Not yet known
Date/Place of Marriage3rd February 1858 High Church Paisley Scotland
Children by 1st WifeNot yet known
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 WifePERKINS Henry James
Date/Place of Marriage1872 Perth Western Australia
Children by 2nd HusbandNot yet known
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Warder in Convict Establishment appointed 11 February 1859 – 6 April 1871 when he was found unfit for duty due to a heart defect. He was awarded a pension of £20/13/10 per annum increased to £23/0/6
1871 Held Colonial Wine retail licence for his premises in Hay Street West Perth.
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette and Independent Journal of Politics and News Friday 19 August 1859 Warder Robert Britton gave evidence at inquest into the drowning of a prisoner
The Inquirer and Commercial News Perth Wednesday 21st February 1872 – page 2 Death notice
The Inquirer and Commercial News Perth Wednesday 28th February 1872 – page 2
The Perth Gazette and West Australian Times Friday 1st March 1872 – page 2
Inquirer and Commercial News Wednesday 13 November 1872 page 3- Henry Perkins applies for a liquor licence for the premises previously owned by Robert Britton
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial12th February 1872 Western Australia
Independent Section East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
To The Memory Of
Robert Brittain
Of Her Majestys 83rd Regmt.
Native Of Renfrew, Scotland
Born Decr 25th 1821
Departed This Life February 12th 1872
Aged 51 Years
Dust Thou Art, And Unto
Dust Shalt Thou Return
Gen 3rd 19 vers.
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateSROWA Cons 3403/1873/436
He willed his entire estate to his wife Margaret (now married to Henry James Perkins.)
Further InformationBritish Army, Worldwide index
1841 Location London Canada
1851 Location Karachi, India
Discharge: Due to heart disease.
12th December 1862 Application to purchased Perth Lot H43
Of 10 acres frontages to Murray and Hay Streets between George and Milligan Streets Perth. Full title granted 6th March 1863.
There is extensive information about his life as a warder in Warders and Gaolers page 24
After Margaret Britton married John James Perkins he lost no time in taking over the premises of Robert Britton in Hay Street West Perth, at the time of this marriage the property belonging to a woman became the possession of the husband on marriage. They appear to have left the Colony for Shanghai on the 28th April 1873 on the barque Deux Freres.
In 1874 and 1879 Robert’s widow applied to the War Office but was advised that ‘funds were only available to soldiers themselves.’