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CROWDY – Thomas Royal Marines Portsmouth Division 66th Company

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Royal Marines 1854 Britains Sea Soldiers Vol 1 by Cyril Field
Naval Service Medal w Syria Clasp


NameCROWDY – Thomas
Regiment (s)Royal Marines Portsmouth Division 66th Company
Regiment Number (s) 6623
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
30th April 1830 / 19 years / Not yet known
Description – Height
5 Ft 9 in
Fresh / Grey / Brown /
Overseas Service/DurationAsia & Vincent 3 years 3 months 23 days
Vanguard 4 years 0 months 11days
Stromboli 8 months 11 days
Excellent 3 months d 21 days
Childers 3 years 4 months d 21 days
Total at sea 11years 8 months 27 days
On Shore 10 years 0 months 1 day
Length of ServiceTotal 21 years 8 months 28 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeSergeant / 28th January 1852 / Not yet known
Campaign MedalsNaval General Service Metal with Syria Clasp See further information
Intended Residence at
Not yet known
Pension Districts1852 1st Portsmouth
1852 -1875 Western Australia
Pension Paid£32 per annum
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
4th May, 1852 from Plymouth, England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
WILLIAM JARDINE 1st August 1852
Date/Place of Birthc1811 Thame Oxford 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
WHITE Sarah Ann
c1818 Portsmouth Hampshire England
Date/Place of Marriage11 April 1836 Kingston Portsea Hampshire England
Children by 1st WifeSarah Ann B 1843 Bp 13th October 1843 Portsmouth Hampshire England
M HARNDEN Richard Henry 1859 Bunbury WA
M DUNCAN Henry 1865 Fremantle WA
M MUSSON William 9th June 1876 Adelaide South Australia
D 20th July 1915 Adelaide South Australia
Mary B c1850 4th Quarter Alverstoke Hampshire England
M GREEN John Edward 1866 Fremantle WA
Possibly died in the wreck of the Mary Herbert 1875 see Further information
Thomas William B 1841 Bp 23 March 1841 Portsmouth Hampshire England
D 1843 Portsea Island Hampshire
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
WHITE William
B c1791 Portsea Hampshire England
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
B 1783 Portsea Hampshire England
Land Grants Western
Although he was not granted an allotment he was in possession of North Fremantle P31 in 1866 that had previously been allotted to P Gaunt in 1852
Occupation after
Farmer (Cattle)
Newspaper ArticlesThe Perth Gazette and Independent Journal of Politics and News Friday 10th June 1864 page 1 Sale of livestock
Perth Gazette and West Australian Times Friday 19th October 1866 Page 2 Sale of property
Inquirer and Commercial News Wednesday 10 July 1867 Page 3 Trial of William Johnson
The Herald Saturday 21st March 1868 page 2 Purchase of 11 acres of land North Fremantle
Inquirer and Commercial News Wednesday 28th February 1877 page 3 Solicitor’s Notice re the estate of Thomas Crowdy
Chronicle (Adelaide, SA: 1895-1954) Saturday 31st July 1915 page 3 Death notice Sarah Ann Musson
Departure from Western
Not Applicable
Date/Place of Death/BurialSeptember 1875 died at sea on the wreck of the Mary Herbert. The Mary Herbert was last seen on 4 September 1875 on a voyage from Albany to Fremantle.
Date/Place of Death/Burial
See further information
Will or ProbateSee further information
Further Information“Aug – Nov 1840 Capture of Acre and operations on the coast of Syria. Turkish Medals awarded to the Officers and Men employed during the Campaign. 16 Oct 1844 those onboard between 9 Sep – 10 Oct 1840, and at the bombardment of St. Jean D但cre, on the 3 Nov 1840, will be paid their respective proportions of the grant voted by Parliament for the said services. “See Index of 19th Century Naval Vessels (rootsweb.com)
Sergeant Crowley was obviously a very successful farmer as he held a sale of 28 head of cattle in 1864.
In 1866 Thomas Crowley advertised his property for sale as he was returning to England but as he gave evidence at a trial in 1867 that did not take place.
It appears Sarah either did not accompany Thomas and her two daughters to Western Australia or if she did returned to England prior to 1861 as a Sarah A Crowdy, married woman, appears in the 1861 and 1871 Census of England living with her parents William and Mary White at 22 Seymour Street Portsea. Perhaps this is why Thomas decided to sell up his property and quit the Colony in 1866.
Sarah Ann Crowdy died 10th December 1871 at Portsea Hampshire, England.
On 23rd March 1875 Thomas Crowdy and his daughter Mrs Green departed Fremantle on the Georgette for King George’s Sound (Albany) before joining the RMSS China to Adelaide South Australia arriving on the 1st April 1875.
They returned to Fremantle WA on the ill-fated Mary Herbert departing Adelaide on the 23rd June 1875. Thomas is named on the passenger list although Mary Green is not. ( A Messrs Oran may be a transcriber’s error)
Information on the wreck can be found Mary Herbert | Maritime Archaeology Databases (museum.wa.gov.au)
After Thomas’s death an investigation was carried out regarding a will he was supposed to have written before the fateful event. His son-in-law John Green said he was shown a copy of the said will which left his estate for the benefit of his grandchildren the daughters of Sarah Ann Duncan and Mary Green. John Halliwel(sic) testified as being present when Thomas hand wrote the foresaid will and Samuel Goddard with having been entrusted with the execution of it.