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FOWLER – Edward Royal Marines Portsmouth Division 58th Company

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Royal Marines 1854 Britains Sea Soldiers Vol 1 by Cyril Field
China Medal 1842
NameFOWLER – Edward
Regiment (s)Royal Marines Portsmouth Division 58th Company
Regiment Number (s) 2745
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
4th May 1830 / 19 years / Salop/ England
Description – Height
5 Ft 8½ in
Fair / Hazel / Light Brown / ringworm on upper left thigh
Overseas Service/DurationWellesley – 2nd April 1831 to 21st January 1832
Trinculo – 21st April 1832 to 20th November 1832
Comus – 7th February 1833 to 28th August 1836
Pelorus – 28th January 1837 to 5th August 1842
Helena – 26th December 1843 to 16th July 1850
Imaum – no dates recorded-receiving ship Port Royal Jamaica
Time served at afloat or at foreign stations 17 years 11days
At home 3 years 11 months and 24 days
Length of Service21 years 5 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeCorporal / 8th May 1851/ Not yet known
Campaign MedalsMedal for China
Intended Residence at
Not stated
Pension Districts1851 Wolverhampton
1855-1863 Western Australia
1864-1867 South Australia
1867-1875 Victoria
Pension Paid£19/16/0 per annum
13th January 1877 Increased to £33/12/0 per annum to age pension
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
5th February 1855 Plymouth England via Cape of Good Hope
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
STAG 23rd May 1855
Date/Place of Birth1811 Worfield near Bridgnorth Shropshire England
Date/Place of Baptism(Possible Baptism) 28th May 1810 Kidderminster, Worcestershire England
Date/Place of Birth
Date/Place of Birth
UNKNOWN Betsy (Elizabeth)
SiblingsSamuel Bp 27th May 1804
Joseph Bp 8th March 1807 D 24th May 1809
Sarah Bp 4th October 1811
Richard Bp 17th May 1815
All baptised at Kidderminster, Worcestershire, parents Samuel and Elizabeth Fowler.
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
bap 7th July 1805 St. Mary’s Portsea Hampshire England
Date/Place of Marriage13th February 1837 St. Mary’s Portsea Hampshire England
Children by 1st WifeLouisa (Luiza) B 10th July 1837
bp 11th September 1837 St. John’s Cathedral Portsmouth Hampshire England (Mother Louisa Libbard Welch)
D September 1837 Portsea Hampshire England
Louiza B 5th January 1842
Bp January 1842 on board HMS Imaum
Unknown Bp 12th January 1845 Port Royal Kingston Jamaica
Edward B 6th October 1846 Barbados
Bp HMS Imaum
D 9th February 1847 St. Michael Barbados
Fanny B 1850 Jamaica
M MALONY Thomas 1870 Victoria
D 1929 Geelong Victoria (Sarah Frances)
Frances Elizabeth B 12th May 1859 Fremantle Western Australia-This may have been a baptism for Fanny B 1850 as there is no corresponding record of a birth in WA
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
WELCH Thomas
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
31st December 1857 assigned North Fremantle Lot P7 (Swan Street) of 1 acre; Application for title made 5th May 1863 (Title No 1512)
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesSouth Australian Advertiser Friday 13th November 1863 – page 2
Departure from Western
8th November 1863 on board “Rangatira” E. Fowler, wife and child
Date/Place of Death/Burial27th August 1889 Geelong Victoria
Geelong Eastern Cemetery Victoria
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1882 Geelong Victoria (possibly)
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationSalop later became part of Shropshire.
ADM27/52/31 Year of Allotment 1837 ship Pelorus Folios 73-74 shows Edward FOWLER providing payment to wife Louisa.
In the 1841 census Louisa Fowler is living at Military Row, Portsea Island, Hampshire. She is aged 30 a marine’s wife born in the county.
From the births and deaths registered of children of Edward and Louisa Fowler at Jamaica it appears that Louisa was one of the forty wives of marines at the West Indies station at Jamaica who were allowed to accompany their husbands.
1851 Census HO107/1660/143 page 13 : 2, Marine View Mill Lane, Alverstoke, Near Gosport
Edward Fowler, Head, Married, 43, Corporal RM, born Kidderminster, Worcestershire
Louisa Fowler, wife, Married, 47, Dressmaker, born Portsea, Hampshire
Fanny Fowler, Daughter, 1, born Jamaica
In the 1851 census the place of birth for Edward, Kidderminster, is different from his attestation papers. The National Archives of Australia on his record of transfer entry (1867) his place of birth is also Kidderminster, he also has 1 child above the age of 14. It also records his parents as being Samuel and Betsy. Also records medal for service in China and 4 Good Conduct badges.
AJCP reel 466/87 part 2 Folio 233 – Proceedings of a Court of Inquiry into complaints by the wives of the Pensioner Guard on the “Stag” into the conduct of the Superintendent Surgeon CALDWELL. Wife not mentioned.