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80th Regiment of Foot Staffordshire
Sutlej Medal
Name FORDHAM – Charles Edmund
Regiment (s)80th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1793
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
27th April 1841 / 18 years 2 months / Not yet known
Milk Man
Description – Height
5 Ft 6 in
Sallow / Grey / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationNew South Wales – 2 years 9 months
East Indies – 1 year 10 months
Length of Service6 years 78 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 13th July 1847 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsPossibly Sutlej with clasps for Mooltan and Sobraon
Intended Residence at
London England
Pension Districts1847 South London
1849 1st North London
1854-1875 Western Australia
Pension Paid11d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
1st January 1854 Plymouth England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
SEA PARK 5th April 1854
Date/Place of Birth22nd September 1823 Newington Surrey England
Date/Place of Baptism19th October 1823 St. Mary’s Newington Surrey England
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
MARSH or MASH Ann or Hannah
Not yet known
17th October 1814 St. Leonard’s Shoreditch Middlesex England
SiblingsThomas bap 21st January 1816 St. Andrew’s Holborn Middlesex England
M POWELL Ann 22nd September 1835 St. Mary’s Lambeth Surrey England
John William B 29th August 1818 Southwark England
bap 7th February 1819 St. George the Martyr Southwark England
William B 28th February 1821 Newington Surrey England
bap 18th April 1821 St. Mary’s Newington Surrey England
M 1st Not yet known
M Banns 2nd EDWARDS Margaret May 1846 Newington Surrey England
Joseph Frederick or Joseph Alfred B 14th August 1826 Newington Surrey England
bap 3rd September 1826 St. Mary’s Newington Surrey England
D 28th September 1828 Newington Surrey England
bur St. Mary’s Churchyard Newington Surrey England
Hannah Maria B 29th April 1829 Newington Surrey England
bap 13th January 1830 St. Mary’s Newington Surrey England
M PAPPS John banns 1852 St. Mary’s Newington Surrey England
James Frederick
B 30th March 1832 Newington Surrey England
bap 16th May 1832 St. Mary’s Newington Surrey England
M OXLEY Emmeline 1854 Lambeth London England
D 4th May 1904 53 Adelaide Street Fremantle Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Fremantle Cemetery Western Australia
Richard Samuel B 25th October 1835 Newington Surrey England
bap 30th December 1835 St. Mary’s Newington Surrey England
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
Not yet known
Date/Place of Marriage8th October 1851 St. Pancras Church St. Pancras Middlesex England
Children by 1st WifeCharles Valentine B 1st Qtr 1853 reg St. Pancras London
Rose Mary B 1855 Fremantle Western Australia
M SMITH William 1877 Fremantle Western Australia
Anna or Hannah Grace B 1857 Fremantle Western Australia
M 1st SAVAGE James 1874 Fremantle Western Australia
M 2nd JOYCE James 1910 Sussex Western Australia
D 2nd November 1940 Busselton Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
2nd WifeCONWAY Eliza or Elizabeth Father John Conway, Mother Alice Sands
Date/Place of Marriage9th February 1871 Fremantle Western Australia
Children by 2nd WifeCharles Edmund B 1871 Fremantle Western Australia
M DALY Jane 1897 Fremantle Western Australia
D 11th November 1939 East Fremantle Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Fremantle Cemetery Western Australia
Alfred Joseph B 1873 Fremantle Western Australia
M KELLY Pearl Evelyn 1903 Fremantle Western Australia
D 8th May 1935 East Perth Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
2nd Husband of 2nd WifeBOVELL James
Date/Place of Marriage1877 Perth Western Australia
Children by 2nd HusbandRobert John b 1878 Fremantle Western Australia
b 1881 Fremantle Western Australia
D 1941 South Fremantle Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Fremantle Western Australia
b 1883 Fremantle Western Australia
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Stationed Rottnest 1856
1865 Tanner
Newspaper ArticlesWestern Mail Thursday 17th November 1927 page 40 Death Notice Elizabeth Bovell
The South Western News Friday 8th November 1940 page 4 Obituary Hannah Grace
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial8th February 1874 Western Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1st Wife
1870 Western Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
2nd Wife
10th November 1927 Fremantle Western Australia
Roman Catholic Section Fremantle Cemetery Western Australia
Will or ProbateSROWA Cons 3403 1875/476 – He requested his estate be sold and the proceeds shared equally between his 2nd wife Eliza and children Charles Edmund, Alfred Joseph and Rosemary (daughter by his first wife Mary)
Further InformationDescription of this ‘man’ differs on his discharge document given above and attestation document which states 5 Ft 5 in / Complexion fresh / Eyes Blue / Hair Light Brown

Discharge due to contraction of right hand and being blown up by a mine at the battle of Sobraon, severely and extensively burnt over neck and chest, right arm and was also wounded by musket ball at the battle of Moodkee on upper and outer right leg [No wonder he did not look like he did at attestation]

In the 1841 Census HO 107/1086/8 Charles is living with his family at Duke Street, St Thomas the Martyr, Southwark prior to enlisting in the army. His father Thomas is also a milkman.

In the 1851 Census HO 107/1494/604/81 Charles a single man is a patient at the University Hospital Gower Street St. Pancras Marylebone London his occupation is given as porter at railway station

CV Fordham age 1 year was treated for rubella on the Sea Park, he is not found on marriages or death registrations in Australia

On 7th October 1865 Charles nominated his brother James age 30. His wife Eveline age 28 and their children Herbert age 9, Frederick age 7, Eveline age 4 and Jane age 1 as immigrants. At the time they were living at Banbury Road Oxford. James went on to have a very successful career in Western Australia. Charles gave his occupation as ‘tanner’ and he was living at Preston Point.
27th July 1866 Robbery reported at 7pm by CHAS FORDHAM, pensioner living at Preston Point that some person or persons entered his house at about 4pm and stole 4 lbs butter, and 1lb of pork, he suspects 4 prisoners he saw passing by. Enquiries to be made. Prisoners charged July 31 sentenced to 14 days.
SROWA AN 5 Cons 419 Item 1 Occurrence Book