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DOWN / DOWNS – William Carpenter 14th Light Dragoons

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14th Light Dragoons
Punjab Medal w Chilianwala and Goojerat Clasp
Indian Mutiny Medal
Punjab Medal w Chilianwala and Goojerat Clasp
Indian Mutiny Medal Central India Clasp
India General Service Medal (Persia Clasp)
Land Title 1881


NameDOWN / DOWNS – William Carpenter
Regiment (s)14th Light Dragoons
Regiment Number (s)1152
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
21st June 1841 / 20 years 2 months / Westminster Middlesex England
Letter Press Printer
Description – Height
5 Ft 7 in
Fair / Blue / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 17 years 3 months
Length of Service19 years 80 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 26th November 1860 approved Adjutant Generals Office Dublin
Campaign MedalsPunjab Campaign Medal 1848-9 Chillianwallah and Goojerat clasps
India Mutiny Medal clasp for Central India 1857-1858
India General Service Medal clasp for Persian Expedition 1857-8
Intended Residence at
No. 74 Sunday’s Well Cork Ireland
Pension Districts1860 Cork
1865-1874 Western Australia
Pension Paid10d per diem
1878 increased to 1/3d per diem for service to Enrolled Force
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
30th September 1865 Portland Dorset England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
VIMIERA 22nd December 1865
Date/Place of Birth1821 St Peters Cork Ireland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
DOWN William
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
REED Alice
B 1840 Not yet known where
Date/Place of Marriage20th October 1862 Cork Ireland
Children by 1st WifeEliza B 1857 Not known where – Bi Centennial Dictionary, probably born illegitimate
Henry B 22nd March 1865 Not yet known
D 30th September 1865 Portland aboard the Vimiera
Buried by the Coast Guards
Alice B 1867 Western Australia
D 1867 Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
REED Henry
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
2nd WifeFITZPATRICK Mary – possibly widow of Thomas Fitzpatrick (Merchantman) – that marriage not found
B 1838 Not yet known
Date/Place of Marriage4th April 1869 Perth Western Australia
Children by 2nd WifeJulia B 1870 Perth Western Australia
M RODEREDA Edward 1891 Perth Western Australia
D 29th July 1933 Camberwell Victoria Australia
Bur Springvale Cemetery Victoria
Land Grants Western
30th July 1877 assigned and occupied Perth Pensioner Lot 150Y 25th February 1881 granted Fee Simple Perth P Lot 150Y Corner of Aberdeen and Charles streets West Perth Title 5/1105
Occupation after
1867 Printer Inq 14/08/1867
Librarian for Swan River Mechanics Institute
Office Keeper for Commissioner of Police for 7 years
Newspaper ArticlesThe Inquirer and Commercial News Perth Wednesday 12th February 1868 – page 2 Death of Alice
Daily News Saturday 3rd April 1886 page 4 Death of Mary
The West Australian Perth Saturday 24th March 1934 – page 13
Daily News Perth Thursday 12th June 1913
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial1874 Western Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1st Wife
10th February 1868 Perth Western Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
2nd Wife
3rd April 1886 Western Australia
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationNote on WO97: Entitled to batta for Persian Expedition 1857 and prize money for Central India 1857-8 – WO97 page 1 and 2
British Army Worldwide index
1851 William C Down 1152 Private 14th Dragoons location Meerut India
Discharge due to a compound fracture to the lower right leg from a fall with a ladder on fatigue duty at Meerut on 12 May 1851.“Served in the Army of the Punjaub on 1848-49 was present at the affair at Ramnugger and at the Battle of Chillianwallah and Goojerat. Present at the surrender of the Sikh Army the occupation of Atlock and Perham and the expulsion of the Affghans beyond the Kyber Pass. Received a medal for services on the Punjaub Campaign a Bar for the Battle of Chillianwallah and 1 for the Battle of Goojerat. Served in the Persian Expedition in 1857. Served with the Central India Field Force in 1857/58 under the command of Major General Sir Hugh Rose KCB was present at the capture of Dhar 31st October actions of Mundasore 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th November 1857 seige and capture of Chandairee 17th March Battle of Betwa 1st April. Action of Koonah 7th May siege and capture of Jhansi 5th April Battle of Gallowlie 22nd May advance and capture of Calpee and pursuit of the Rebels. 23rd May capture of Morar cantonment 16th June 1858.
Received a medal for the Persian Expedition in 1858. Received a medal and clasp for services in Central India 1857-8”.