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BURGESS – William Rifle Brigade 1st Battalion

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Rifle Brigade Cap Badge
NameBURGESS – William
Regiment (s)Rifle Brigade 1st Battalion
Regiment Number (s) 763
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
24th December 1830 / 23 years 5 months / Tunstall Kent England
Description – Height
5 Ft 10½ in
Fresh / Hazel / Grey / None
Overseas Service/DurationNorth America – 5 years
Malta and Ionian Islands – 4 years 7 months
Cape of Good Hope – 3 years 7 months
Length of Service21 years 294 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 12th October 1852 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNot Known
Intended Residence at
Chatham Kent England
Pension Districts1852 Chatham
1854-1860 Western Australia
1861 2nd West London
1861-1876 In-Patient Chelsea Hospital
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
5th May 1854 Plymouth England via Gibraltar
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
RAMILLIES 7th August 1854
Date/Place of Birthc1807 Bapchild Sittingbourne Kent 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
Not Married
Date/Place of MarriageNot Applicable
Children by 1st WifeNot Applicable
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not Applicable
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not Applicable
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesNot yet known
Departure from Western
1860-1861 to England
Date/Place of Death/BurialJune 1881 London England
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not Applicable
Will or ProbateNot Applicable
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 763 William Burgess Corporal location Weedon, Chester & Dublin
1851 763 William Burgess Private location Dover
In all William Burgess served nine and a half years as a corporal.
1851 Census Private William Burgess. A single man is a serving soldier with his regiment at the Dover Heights Barracks, Hougham, Dover, Kent England
Reportedly served in Kaffir War 1846-7
Discharge due to cough and chest problems
In-Patient Chelsea Hospital between 1861-1875.
1871 Census In-patient Chelsea Hospital, London
Sent to Chelsea Workhouse 29th December 1876 reportedly “insane”.
Listed in 1881 English Census as still being in Chelsea Workhouse and commented as “dying”