DITCH – David 56th Regiment

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56th West Essex Regiment

Class of 1853 – EPFs Who became Constables – by Peter Conole and Jean McDonald – April 2013 EPG Gazette

NameDITCH – David
Regiment (s)56th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1666
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
27th March 1839 / 18 years 8 months / London Middlesex England
Carpenter
Description – Height
Complexion/Eyes/Hair/Scars
5 Ft 6¾ in
Fair / Grey / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationNorth America – 2 years 52 days
Gibraltar – 2 years 324 days
Length of Service11 years 12 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeSergeant / 9th April 1850 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Discharge
Lewisham Kent England
Pension Districts1850 Deptford
1852 Tilbury Fort
1852-1853 Western Australia
Pension Paid9d per diem temporary 3 years to 30th April 1853
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
London England (date not known)
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
WILLIAM JARDINE 1st August 1852
Date/Place of Birthc1820 Iden Rye Sussex England
Date/Place of Baptism30th July 1820 Iden Sussex England
Father
Date/Place of Birth
DITCH David
Not yet known
Mother
Date/Place of Birth
Marriage
WALKER Ann
1799 Iden Sussex
9th May 1820 Iden Sussex
SiblingsRichard B 1822 Bb 5 April 1822 Hawkhurst Kent
Edward B 1824 Bp 22 February 1824 Hawkhurst Kent
Alfred B 1826 Bp 10 August 1826 Hawkhurst Kent
Mary Ann B 1829 Bp 18January 1829 Hawkhurst Kent
Edwin B c1831 Bp 10 July 1831 Hawkhurst Kent England
Henry B 1834 Bp 22 March 1834 Farningham Kent
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
BUNTING Mary Ann
1830 Germany (British Subject) refer 1851 Census
Date/Place of Marriage3rd April 1852 Bromley Kent England
Children by 1st WifeSarah Ann B 1853 Fremantle Western Australia
Elizabeth Esther B 1857 Fremantle Western Australia
Mary Ann B 1859 Fremantle Western Australia
Lydia Jane B 1862 Fremantle Western Australia
Rosanna B 1865 Perth Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
BUNTING John
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Marriage
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Australia
None
Occupation after
Arrival
Employed by Convict establishment from 1853 to 1871 with a pension of £30/7/9 from 1 April 1871 increased to £31/8/5
Newspaper ArticlesInquirer and Commercial News Wednesday 16 January 1867 page 2 Passenger list Fitzroy
Departure from Western
Australia
12th January 1867 to England per “Fitzroy” with family
Date/Place of Death/Burial1887 Lewisham England
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Wife
1885 Lewisham England
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide index 1841
David Ditch 1666 Private 56th Regt. Location Chambly Canada
Discharge due to ophthalmic in the right eye.
Note on page 1 of WO 97 David turned 50 on 27 May 1870 (possibly eligible for a Deferred Pension.)

In the 1851 census HO 107/1591/316/17 David is living with his widowed mother Ann and his brother Edwin.
In 1867 Mrs Ditch and her daughter returned to England leaving David working at Fremantle prison.

In the 1871 Census Mary Ann Ditch and her daughters Elizabeth, Mary Ann and Rosina are lodging at the home of the widowed Harriett Ditch at Hanover Street Lewisham Kent.
David is not with them as he is still working at Fremantle prison.

By the time of the 1881 census he has resigned from Frematle Prison and joined the family in England where he Mary Ann and 2 of their daughters Elizabeth and Mary Ann are living at 3 Drysdale Road Lewisham Kent.