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COULSON – John aka John Wood – Royal Marines Woolwich 40th Company

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Royal Marines circa 1854






John Wood Coulson Attestation Papers

Naval Service Medal w Syria Clasp
1852 John Wood aka John Wood Coulson – GBM_ADM6_313_00062 – Pension for life
WO22 piece 25 Return for May 1852 Derby – John Wood Coulson
1852 Isabella Coulson Baptism
1838 Marriage John Wood Coulson to Mary Ann Johnson


NameCOULSON – John AKA John Wood
Regiment (s)Royal Marines Woolwich 40th Company
Regiment Number (s) 6650
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
21 April 1831 / 19 years 1 month
Description – Height
5′ 7 1/2″
Swarthy / Grey / Light Brown / No scars
Overseas Service/DurationHMS Revenge from 14 March 1834 to 18 June 1837
HMS Pique from 8 January 1840 to 16 June 1842
HMS Tortoise from 24 February 1844 to 28 September 1849
Length of Service21 years and 14 days
Pay Book 1839-1840 HMS Pique Wife Mary. Private Royal Marine 3rd Class
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate 4 May 1852.  Conduct Very Good,
Coulson was unable to sign his papers and made his mark “x”
Campaign Medals2 x Syrian Medals aboard the Pique
Intended Residence at
Pension Districts1852 Derby
Pension Paid£16/16/0 per annum
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
See below
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
Unknown:  between July 1852 (daughter’s baptism in England) to September 1856 (at Rottnest). Nine convict ships arrived during this time.
Date/Place of Birthc 1812
Let Church (Litchurch) Derby Derbyshire England
Date/Place of Baptism21 Mar 1812 Derby, Derbyshire
Date/Place of Birth
Not Yet Kown
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
M 16 Feb 1806 All Saints, Derby, England
SiblingsGeorge b 1807 Derby, Derbyshire
William b 1810 Derby, Derbyshire
Robert  b 1814 Derby, Derbyshire
Sarah b 1816 Derby, Derbyshire
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
Born 19 March 1810, Baptised 23 April 1810 in Derby, England.
Date/Place of Marriage21st March 1838 Charlton Kent England
Children by 1st WifeJohn born 1838 (attestation papers) to 1844 (1851 Census)
M DABB Mary Ann – 1 May 1861  Scarborough, England
D 10 Jan 1900  Scarborough, Yorkshire North Riding
John Junior joins Royal Marines in 1851 (Attestation papers). His marriage certificate describes his father John Coulson as a “Convict Guard”
Isabella born 2nd Qtr 1852 Greenwich mother Johnson
Baptised 11th July 1852 St. Werburgh’s Derby, mother Mary
M LITTON John Phillip (EPG) 7 December 1867, Church of St John, Fremantle, Western Australia
Died 1 January 1912, Birkenhead South Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
27th November 1865 Purchased S 17 of 5 acres at Fremantle for £1 per acre
Occupation after
On Detachment at Rottnest 30th September 1856
Newspaper ArticlesThe Inquirer and Commercial News Wednesday 21 January 1857 – Page 4 – Nightingale Fund Military Subscribers in Western Australia includes J W Coulson
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/BurialJohn Coulson died 1879 age 66, Western Australia reg 10092
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1877 age 66, Western Australia reg 9367
Will or ProbateNone known
Further Information1831 joins Royal Marines

1838 Marriage certificate describes him as a labourer

1851 Possible UK census match for Royal Marine John Wood age 39, wife Ann age 40 both born Derby and son John aged 7 born Woolwich where the family live

1852 described as a Pensioner on his daughter Isabella’s baptism register

1861 described as a Convict Guard on his son John’s marriage certificate

1865 described as a Pensioner on his application to buy land

1867 described as being an Enrolled Pensioner on his daughter’s marriage certificate.

1869 John Coulson a pensioner, reported the death of a girl named Shea

1870 John & Mary Ann Coulson are listed as God-parents to Grandson John Phillip Litton at St. John’s Church, Fremantle on baptism records.

John is often confused with another EPG – John Calson … both were Royal Marines. To make matters worse, John is also sometimes confused as James Coulson a farm labourer who came to WA on the Sophia in 1850 with his wife Eliza. To add to the confusion he is also sometimes documented as John Wood or John Coulson aka John Wood, see his Attestation papers linked to this page.

Many thanks to Steve Ivey, Carmel Paterson and Veronica Treen for their help and support in researching John Wood Coulson