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COLTON / COTTON – William 5th Battery Royal Artillery

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Royal Artillery Badge
Crimean War Medal with Sebastopol Clasp


NameCOLTON (COTTON) – William
Regiment (s)Royal Artillery 5th Battery
Regiment No (s) 3772
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
16th June 1853 / 18 years 6 months / 16th December 1853 / 18 years 6 months / Stockport Cheshire England
Description – Height
5 Ft 10¼ in
Fresh / Hazel / Sandy / Wound on left thigh
Overseas Service/DurationCrimea – 9 months
Length of Service2 years 178 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeGunner and Driver / 10th June 1856 / Woolwich England
Campaign MedalsCrimean War Medal with Sebastopol clasp and Turkish Crimean Medal
Intended Residence at
Not yet known
Pension Districts1856 Woolwich
1856 Enniskillen
1859 Omagh
1863 2nd Glasgow
1863 Omagh
1864 Paisley
1867 2nd Dublin
1867 Tilbury Fort
1868 Western Australia
1870- Victoria
1873 New South Wales
1873 – 1887 Victoria
Pension Paid8d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
12th October 1867 Portland England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
HOUGOUMONT 9th January 1868
Date/Place of Birthc1835 Drumhairn Fermanagh Ireland (now Northern 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
DUFF Mary (Josephine)
Bp 23rd July 1837 Greenock Scotland Father John DUFF Mother Janet McKIRDY
Date/Place of Marriagec1867 Greenock Scotland
Children by 1st WifeNone by 1870
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesThe Express Wednesday 28th September 1870 page 2 Passenger list Bungarie
The Age Wednesday 29th June 1887 page 1 Death notice William
Departure from Western
27th September 1870 to Victoria Australia per Bungarie
Date/Place of Death/Burial28 June 1887, Richmond Victoria (Thomas William Colton)
Date/Place of Death/Burial –Wife1914 Northcote Victoria
Will or ProbateNone Located
Further InformationDischarge: Severely wounded in the trenches before Sebastopol 12th August 1853(sic) by a piece of shell that struck him in the side and back of the left thigh inflecting a severe wound. Unable to walk without pain.
On 1st June 1873 William Colton applied to the Staff Officer at Sydney to transfer his pension payment to Melbourne because he wished to reside there.
A Mary Josine Colton died at Northcote, Victoria 1914 her father was John Duff, mother Jane Mackiedy.