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William’s Story – EPG Gazette January 2005

63rd Regiment Shoulder Belt Plate
Lived Albany
NameHILL – William
Regiment (s)63rd Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 806
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
9th July 1831 / 18 years 9 months / Sheffield West Riding of Yorkshire England
Description – Height
5 Ft 9½ in
Sallow / Brown / Black / None
Overseas Service/DurationVan Dieman’s Land – 1 year 9 months
East Indies – 13 years 6 months
Length of Service20 years 346 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 4th June 1852 / Dublin Ireland
Campaign MedalsNot yet known
Intended Residence at
Dublin Ireland
Pension Districts1852 2nd Dublin
1853 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
2nd February 1853 Portsmouth England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
PYRENEES 30th April 1853
Date/Place of Birthc1812 St Margaret Leicester Leicestershire 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
RYAN Margaret Ann
B c1828 Limerick Ireland
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeMary Jane Moore  B c1842 Ireland
M FALLOWS / FOLLOWS William (Convict on Pyrenees II) 18th August 1859 Albany Western Australia.
6th December 1875 Albany Western Australia
See further information below, “adopted” by the Hills
Priscilla B c1852 Dublin Ireland
M MONTAGUE Edward (aka KINKIN Edward convict on York ) 1869 Albany Western Australia
D 1st 
October 1916  Albany Western Australia
23rd November 1855 Albany Western Australia
bap 16th December 1855 Albany Western Australia
M GORDON Thomas William 
1872 Albany Western Australia
D 23rd January 1930 Albany Western Australia
William John
11th November 1857 Albany Western Australia
bap Albany Western Australia
M PROSSER Jessie 1877 Albany Western Australia
3rd April 1884 Albany 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 Husband of WifeNEARNEY Patrick (convict on Runnymede 1856)
Date/Place of MarriageM 1865 Albany Western Australia
Children by 2nd HusbandNone known
Land Grants Western
Granted 3 acres at Albany which he surrendered when he joined the light house service later sold to his widow who had lived there since his death
Occupation after
Light keeper
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette and Independent Journal of Politics and News (WA : 1848 – 1864) Friday 29th April 1864 page 2
Albany Advertiser (WA : 1897 ¬ 1950)
7th January 1903 page 2: (Nurney)
2nd October 1918 page 2:
4th October 1916 page 2 also obituary 11th October 1916 page 2 Priscilla Montague
Mt Barker and Denmark Record Tuesday 18th March 1930 page 3 Sale of 1 ½ acres P13 Albany
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/BurialD 22nd March 1864 Breaksea Island Albany Western Australia
Lost at sea
Date/Place of Death/Burial
2nd January 1903 Albany Western Australia
Will or ProbateSROWA Cons 3403 1903/069 Margaret Ann Nearly (sic) alias Margaret Hill whereby she left the land and cottage to her two daughters Pricilla and Matilda
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 William Hill 806 Sergeant 63rd foot Depot location Chatham
1851 William Hill 806 Private 63rd Foot location Ashton Under Lyne and limerick
Discharge due to chronic rheumatism and general debilityMrs Hill age 25 was treated for fever during the voyage of the Pyrenees and Priscilla Hill age 11 months was treated for bronchitis. Land Allotment granted to NEARNEY Margaret Ann widow of pensioner HILL William – Albany Sub Lot P13 states 3 acres purchased at upset price 18th September 1871 at £1/10/0 per acre.Family History research by Colin Fallows. Mary Jane Moore’s marriage certificate to William Fallows states her father’s name is shown as “—– Moor” and his occupation – “soldier”. However in the marriage register information at St John’s church someone has added: “The name of Mary Jane Moor’s father was John Broughton(?) Moor, sergeant in 97th Regiment. This turns out to be John Drought Moore 1819-1888. The birth register for Thomas Edward Fallows (4th child of William and Mary Jane), the signature of informant is Priscilla Hill and a note added (presumably by the registrar) says “Aunt to the child”. Priscilla was also a signatory to William’s and Mary Jane’s wedding. A number of documents are available which show that the members of the Hill family were loved and esteemed by the Fallows children and vice versa. Regardless of what the explanation is, It would seem that Mary Jane was taken into care by the Hills at a young age and that she was with William and Margaret Hill on the journey of the Pyrenees.