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DAVENPORT / DEVONPORT – Thomas Royal Marines

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Royal Marines 1854 Britains Sea Soldiers Vol 1 by Cyril Field
Naval Service Medal w Syria Clasp
Regiment (s)Royal Marines Plymouth division
Regiment Number (s) 3544
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
1st November 1824 / 20 years / Gloucester England
Description – Height
Not yet known
Overseas Service/DurationService at sea
– Java 1826-1830 4 years 26 days
– Oristes 1831-1833 2years 6 months 6 days
– Donegal 1833-1834 9 months 20 days
– San Josef 1835-1835 6 months 8 days
– Pylades 1835-1839 3years 9 months 29 days
– Thunderer 1840-1843 3 years
– Caledonia 1843-1845 1 year 5 months 25 days
– Conopus 1845-1845 6 months 4 days
Total at sea 16 years 8 months 28 days
On Shore 4 years 5 months 29 days
Length of Service21 years 2 months 27 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 27th January 1846 / Plymouth England
Campaign MedalsNaval General service medal clasp Syria for service on HMS Thunderer at the capture of St Jean d’acre
Intended Residence at
Not yet known
Pension Districts1846 Plymouth
1851 Leicester
1853 – 1865 Western Australia
1866 – 1875 South Australia
Pension Paid£18/4/0 per annum
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
22nd November 1852 London England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
DUDBROOK 7th February 1853
Date/Place of Birthc1805 Ashby de la Zouche Leicestershire England
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
DURANT Susannah (assumed as is his sister’s mother)
Not yet known
SiblingsAboard the “Dudbrook” during the 1852-53 voyage was Thomas Davenport’s sister Elizabeth and her husband EPG Charles GANE and their son Charles William.
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
B 1812 Plymouth, Devonshire (1851 Census)
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeThomas B 1st March 1840 East Stonehouse Devon England
Bp 15th March 1840 East Stonehouse D
Robert B 10th August 1843 East Stonehouse Devon England
Bp 5th May 1850 Belgrave Leicester England
D 1859 Western Australia
Mary B 1846 East Stonehouse Devon England
Eliza B C1847
Bp 3rd October 1847 Ashby de la Zouche Leicestershire
M BLANKLEY Harry John 29th June 1867 Wesleyan Parsonage Brompton Adelaide SA
D 21st June 1925 Riverstone New South Wales
Bur Wesleyan Cemetery Riverstone NSW
Sarah Jane B 8th March 1850 Leicestershire
Bp 5th May 1850 Belgrave Leicester England
D 1854 Western Australia (recorded as 2 yo)
Bur 24th March 1854 Skinner Street Anglican Cemetery Fremantle WA
Edwin B 1857 Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
31st December 1853 Assigned North Fremantle P 4 (formerly Hunt) no record of Fee Simple being issued
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesThe Adelaide Express Monday 3rd September 1866 page 2 Passenger list for Emily Smith with E and M Davenport
Windsor and Richmond Gazette (NSW) Friday 3rd July 1925 page 3 death of Eliza Blankley
Departure from Western
Left in late 1865 / early 1866 for South Australia (deduced)
Date/Place of Death/Burial27th February 1875 Vincent Street Adelaide South Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
2 May 1875 Church Street Port Adelaide
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationHMS Pylades was employed at combatting the slave trade during the time Thomas served in her.
Discharged due to length of service – admitted to out-pension Plymouth paid 18/4/- per annum1851 English Census residing at 14 Lower Hill St, Leicester.

1852 October 8 Thomas Davenport was advised he would be required to pay 3d per day toward the ration for one of his children during the voyage

Wife Mary age 34 and son Thomas age 13 both received medical treatment aboard the DudbrookAn incident occurred on board the “Dudbrook” just before arrival in Fremantle concerning another EPG for which he was court martialled. Thomas gave evidence at this trial 9th June 1855 living in North Fremantle with wife and 4 children

After the arrival of the Dudbrook an inquiry was held into complaints made by some of the pensioners into the conduct of the Surgeon Superintendent. Thomas Davenport’s complaint was met by the SSI stating he had done all that could be considered proper in the woman’s case1855 residing in North Fremantle with wife & 4 children.

1857 Struck off Roll for being drunk in the Pensioner Village North Fremantle before being on guard duty and striking Sergeant Allen
1857 contributed 2/- to the Florence Nightingale Fund.

16th September 1867 Thomas Davenport age 25 was admitted to the hospital he was a single man Church of England and living in Adelaide occupation Seaman but he said he was born in Manchester and was 5 months in the Colony arriving on the Hardwicke. (He is possibly Thomas’s son as he may have gone to sea at a young age.)

1875 Died from heart disease at Vincent Street, Adelaide.
12th January 1875 Thomas was admitted to the (Royal ) Adelaide Hospital age 72, religion Church of England, living Port, he was a labourer and had been 27 years in the Colony and had arrived per Dead Brook(sic) he had been born in Leicestershire.

6th January 1876 Edward Davenport age 18 was also admitted to the hospital, he was a single man living Port and his occupation was a sailor. He had been born in WA and had resided in SA for 10 years arriving on the Emily Smith

Thomas Davenport noted as “Protestant” in Bi-Centennial Dictionary