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Royal Artillery Badge
Samuel Efford – Courtesy of the Town of Claremont – sons Samuel II and Charles Efford
NameEFFORD – Samuel
Regiment (s)Royal Artillery 5th Brigade
Regiment Number (s) 19 (39 on discharge)
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
12th October 1839 / 18 years 10 months / Leicester England
Wool comber
Description – Height
5 Ft 9½ in
Sallow / Grey / Grey / None
Overseas Service/DurationGibraltar – 11 years 8 months
Length of Service23 years 255 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeGunner / 23rd June 1863 / Plymouth England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Plymouth England
Pension Districts1863 2nd Plymouth
1863 Tilbury
1863-1894 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/2d per diem
4th June 1878 Increased to 1/8d per diem  for service in the Enrolled Force Western Australia
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
23rd September 1863 Portland Dorset England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
LORD DALHOUSIE 28th December 1863
Date/Place of Birth1821 Lodington Rothwell Northamptonshire 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
1828 Walmer Kent England
Date/Place of Marriage27th May 1844 St Lawrence Hougham Kent England
Children by 1st WifeWilliam Thomas B 1845 Gibraltar
M DINSDALE Elizabeth 1885 Fremantle Western Australia
D 30th January 1920 South Fremantle Western Australia
bur Methodist Section Fremantle Cemetery Western Australia
Elizabeth Ann B 1848 Gibraltar
EPG THOMPSON Robert 1875 Fremantle Western Australia
D 19th September 1927 Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Margaret Patience (Patricia) b 1851 Gibraltar
M 1st McMULLEN John 1867 Perth Western Australia
M 2nd THOMPSON Robert James  1886 Fremantle Western Australia
D 10th October 1914 Claremont Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Samuel B 1859 Gibraltar
M CUNDEN Eliza Jane 1899 Victoria Park Western Australia
D 13th February 1939 Perth Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Charles John B 10th November 1864 Fremantle Western Australia
M PORTER Ruth Jane 1900 Claremont Western Australia
D 3rd February 1934 Perth Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
CLARK William
1797 Guston, Kent, England
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
JORDAN Margaret
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Granted Swan Location P 226 of 9 ½ Acres (ran from Davies Road to the swamp)
Granted Freshwater Bay Location P 251 of  ½ Acre (foreshore of Freshwater Bay)
Occupation after
Small farmer, gardener growing roses for sale in Perth
Bi-Centennial Dictionary (page 961/2) states that Samuel Efford was the ‘compounder of medicines’ at Fremantle Gaol (tentative)
Light keeper at Arthur’s Head from March 1885 to April 1894 the year of his death.
Newspaper ArticlesThe Daily News Monday 16th March 1885 page 3 Advertisement for St Patrick’s day Fete
The West Australian 11th May 1894 – page 4 (death of Samuel Efford)
The Daily News Fri 30 January 1914 page 2 Death of Eliza Efford
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial8th May 1894 Western Australia
East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
24th January 1914 Claremont Western Australia
Anglican Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Will or ProbateState Records Office of Western Australia File 3403 / 1894 / 035
Dated 12 August 1885 and witnessed by John Phillip Litton & Thomas Bishop whereby Samuel Efford left ‘All his estate and effects both real and personal to my wife Eliza Efford for her use and benefit during her lifetime and after her decease that all my effects both real and personal be divided among my five children, namely
W T Efford, Elizabeth Ann Thompson, Margaret Patience McMullin (sic), Samuel Efford and Charles John Efford for their use and benefit to be divided among them as they shall all agree thereto.’
3403/1914/130 Eliza Efford
Letters of Administration applied for by WT Efford.
Statement of Assets and Liabilities
Swan Location P234 of 9 acres 16 perches valued at £900
Swan Location P226 of 6 acres 39 perches valued at £800- total value £1700 no liabilities.
Further Information1841 British Army Worldwide Index – Location: Woolwich & Deal
1861 British Army Worldwide Index – Regiment stationed at: Plymouth (5th Batt only)
1841 UK Census – HO 107/493/8
Samuel Efford age 21 is at the Royal Artillery Barracks Woolwich Kent
1851 HO 107/1588/446
Woolwich Greenwich. Kent
Samuel Efford, Soldier, Unmarried, 28, Gunner RA, born Lodington Northamptonshire.
Note: Although this said Samuel was unmarried his wife Eliza and their 3 children are visitors at the home of her father William Clark in Charlton, Dover. HO 107/1632/197/22
1861 UK Census – RG 09/1450/98/8 – Stoke Dameril, Devonport, Devon Samuel Efford, a serving soldier, his wife Eliza and children William, Elizabeth, Margaret and Samuel are living in the married men’s’ quarters at the Raglan Barracks Stoke Dameril, Devonport.
On 16th March 1885, St. Patrick’s day, a Grand Fete Champetre was held on the grounds of Samuel Efford at Claremont with a full military band. A special train had been chartered and a fireworks display held together with outdoor sports, prize baby show, prize beauty show and a jolly nose show together with refreshments all for two shillings and six pence..
Samuel Efford was employed as a relieving Light keeper at Arthur’s Head from March 1885 to April 1894 the year of his death.
His son William Thomas also worked in the light house service working at Rottnest Island from July 1879 to June 1880, Point Moore May 1880 to July 1881, Arthur’s head from July 1881 to July 1902 and Woodman’s Point August 1902 to March 1906. Source John Kelly’s research into Lighthouse keepers in WA.
(Blue book 1896) William Efford was employed in the Harbour and Lights department from July 1879. He was employed at Arthur’s Head from July 1881 at an annual salary in 1896 of £108.0.0
Charles J was employed by the Postal & Telegraph Department as an operator & linesman at Boondarrie (near the DeGrey River) from August 1892 at an annual salary of £130.0.0. He was first appointed in May 1892.
He retired as a Post master having served in many towns and survived being shot while Post master at Hopetoun in 1909.
Robert James Thompson son of Robert Thompson RA (Naval Brigade) also worked for the PMG in the telegraph department.
Elizabeth Ann Efford married a pensioner Robert Thompson (widower) RA who came to WA on the Naval Brigade, her sister Margaret married his son Robert James Thompson.
Charles John Efford was described as a farmer in his mother’s will possibly he managed the property after his father’s death.