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CALSON – John Royal Marines Woolwich Division 32nd Company

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Royal Marines 1854 Britains Sea Soldiers Vol 1 by Cyril Field
Regiment (s)Royal Marines Woolwich Division 32nd Company
Regiment Number (s) 6337
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
5th September 1827 / 18 years / Manchester England
Description – Height
5 Ft 6½ in
Fresh / Hazel / Black / None
Overseas Service/DurationTyne – 4th November 1830 to 6th October 1832
Rodney – 7th September 1835 to 14th May 1840
Caledonia – 6th November 1840 to 11th August 1841
Caledonia – 11th September 1841 to 3rd November 1843
Service Afloat 9 years 7 months 14 days
Service Ashore 11 years 4 months 19 days
Length of Service21 years 3 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 6th September 1848 / Woolwich Kent England
Campaign MedalsNot yet known
Intended Residence at
Not stated
Pension Districts1848 2nd North London
1849 Salisbury
1849 2nd East London
1850 1st Manchester
1851 2nd East London
1852 Deptford
1854-1860 Western Australia
1860 – 1875 South Australia
Pension Paid£15.4.0 per annum
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 Birthc1809 Haslingdon Lancashire England
Date/Place of Baptism14 February 1808
Haslingden Lancashire England
Date/Place of Birth
CALSON William
B1778/Haslingden Lancashire
Date/Place of Birth
B 1782 Blackburn Lancashire
SiblingsCALSON William
B 1814 Haslingden Lancashire
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
MOORE Caroline
Date/Place of Marriage7 April 1843 St Andrews Plymouth Devon England
Children by 1st WifeEmma
B c 1838
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
MOORE Thomas
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesNot yet known
Departure from Western
1860 to South Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial(Possible) 6 March 1887 Adelaide South Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationDischarge: At own request – length of service
In the pay allotments for the HMS Caledonia John Calson’s are paid to Caroline Moore as trustee for his daughter Emma aged 4 ½ years, Caroline was residing with Mrs Fox 17 High Street Stonehouse, Mary Ann Fox was a witness to the marriage between John and Caroline.
In the 1841 Census John Calson age +-30 is living at Rowe Court East Stonehouse Devonport with Caroline Calson age +- 15, no relationship given, neither were born in the County of Devon. His profession is given as ‘navy.’

In the 1851 Census John is living with his parents at Clarkes Lane Rochdale Lancashire.
He is a married man and a Greenwich pensioner. His father William’s occupation is given as weaver flannel while his brother William’s is coachman
There is no evidence his wife and child came to Western Australia. There is a note on his WO22/259 which looks like half his pension (£7/12/0) was paid to another unnamed person, possibly his daughter Emma.
Still being paid pension in South Australia in 1875
A John Calson (father William) aged 55 married Mary Ann Taylor (father John Taylor) aged 28 at Adelaide South Australia 3 December 1869 -whether this is pensioner John Calson is unclear