BUTLER – William 9th Regiment

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The Girl and the Army! Behind many good men was an even stronger woman – Mary Polson

9th Regiment Royal Norfolk Cap_Badge

Obituary South Australian Chronicle 29 Oct 1892

Afghan War (Cabul Medal 1842)

Sutlej 1845-1846 with clasps Moodkee Ferozashar and Sobraon







NameBUTLER – William
Regiment (s)9th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 917
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
14th April 1831 / 20 years /  Dublin Ireland
Cabinet Maker
Description – Height
6 Ft 0½ in
Fair / Hazel / Dark Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationMauritius 2 years 195 days
East Indies 11 years 124 days
Length of Service20 years 357 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 18th May 1852/ Galway
Campaign Medals1st Afghan War (Cabul Medal 1842)
Sutlej 1845-1846 with clasps Moodkee Ferozashar and Sobraon
Intended Residence at
Dublin Ireland
Pension Districts1852 Dublin
1853 West Australia
1857  – 92 South Australia
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
2nd February 1853 Portsmouth England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
PYRENEES 30th April 1853
Date/Place of Birthc1811 St Werburgh Dublin Ireland
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
POLSON Mary Ann (Marianne)
B  5th November 1820, bap 31st January 1821, Cannanore, Madras, India
Father David (sic) Sgt 69th Regiment, Mother Hannah
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeJohn bap 17th May 1846 Williamstown Tipperary Ireland
M McMAHON Ellen 11th April 1871 St. Francis de Sales Mt Barker South Australia
D 11th June 1874 Port Adelaide SA
Charles bap 26th June 1849 Newry Down Ireland
M UNKNOWN Elizabeth
D 16th March 1889 Port Adelaide
bur 18th March 1889 Woodville South Australia
William B c 1851 (appears three times on Pyrenees II Surgeon’s Sick list, not found in Australia on passenger list for Swallow)
D Not yet known
Patrick B c December 1852 (from Surgeon’s Sick list)
D c 1856 Western Australia
Mary Ann bap 24th December 1854 Fremantle Western Australia
M ANDERSON Charles 29th November 1883 Port Adelaide South Australia
D Not yet known
Thomas c 1857 Western Australia
D Not yet known
James B 25th July 1860 Port Adelaide South Australia
D Not yet known
Robert 4th December 1862 Port Adelaide South Australia
M CHAMBERS Mary Ann 6th February 1894 Registry Office Port Adelaide South Australia
D 14th March 1940 Sandwell Port Adelaide South Australia
Joseph B c 1865 South Australia
M 1. CAMENS Alma Agnes 14th October 1891 St Augustine’s Unley South Australia
2. UNKNOWN Mary Adelaide date and location not yet known
D 26th June 1941 Bunbury Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
POLSON Daniel (Sergeant 44th and 69th Regiment)
B 1795 Glasgow Scotland dies 3rd  January 1840 Chinsurah, Bengal, India
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
1st Marriage of Wife
Children of 1st Marriage
M 20th June 1836 St Peter’s Church Fort William Bengal India
Child George born 1841 died 7th June 1841 aged 7 months Cawnpore Calcutta
2nd Marriage of WifeLEWIS Joseph 14th August 1843 Fort William Calcutta India
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Cabinet maker (SA)
Newspaper ArticlesThe Perth Gazette and Independent Journal of Politics and News (WA : 1848 ¬ 1864) Friday 1st May 1857 page 2
South Australian Register (Adelaide SA: 1839 ¬-1900) Thursday 28th May 1857 page 2 Passenger list Swallow
Adelaide Observer (SA: 1843 ¬ 1904) Saturday 29th October 1892 pages 29-30
The Advertiser (Adelaide SA: 1889 ¬-1931) Wednesday 20th December 1905 page 2
Departure from Western
Departed WA 30th April 1857 per Swallow
Date/Place of Death/BurialD 22nd October 1892 Port Adelaide South Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
D December 1905 Port Adelaide South Australia
bur Catholic Cemetery Woodville South Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 William Butler 917 Private 9th Foot location Meerat
1851 William Butler 917 Private 9th Foot location Dublin
Served through the campaign 1842 in Affghanistan (sic), campaign 1840/6 on the Sutledge.
Discharge due to “…activity and efficiency are too much impaired to render him a useful or efficient soldier”, chronic rheumatism
December 24th 1852 son Patrick age 3 months was treated for porrigo on board the Pyrenees
17th January 1853 son William Butler was treated for ophthalmia on board Pyrenees and for diarrhoea on February 14th . Ophthalmia reappeared on April 5th and was successfully treated.
25th March 1853 William Butler age 48 was treated for catarrh.
Mary A Butler was admitted to the (Royal) Adelaide hospital on 26th August 1890 age 69, a married woman, Roman Catholic residing at port Adelaide. She was born East Indies and had resided in the Colony for 33 years having arrived on the Pioneer (a common mistake for Pyrenees)
Mary Anne Butler’s father Daniel Polton was a Sergeant and Drum Major with the 44th regiment and 69th regiment and a veteran of Waterloo and the Burmese War. Her first husband George Brimsley was a private of the 44th regiment and her second husband Thomas Lewis was a lance corporal also with the 44th regiment.