JOHNSON / JOHNSTON – Benjamin Rifle Brigade 1st Battalion

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Rifle Brigade Cap Badge

South Africa Medal

Regiment (s)Rifle Brigade 1st Battalion
Regiment Number (s) 1073
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
23rd November 1832 / 18 years 6 months / Dover Kent England
Description – Height
5 Ft 7¼ in
Fresh / Hazel / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationMalta and Ionian Islands – 5 years 7 months
Cape of Good Hope – 3 years 8 months
Length of Service21 years 5 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 22nd November 1853 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsSouth African (2nd and 3rd Kaffir) War Medal 1846-1853
Intended Residence at
Pimlico London England
Pension Districts1854 2nd West London
1855-1856 Western Australia
1856-1858 South Australia
1858-1871 Victoria
1871-1902 New South Wales
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
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 Birth1814 All Saints Hereford Herefordshire England
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
JOHNSON Benjamin
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
Not yet known
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeNot yet known
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
2nd WifeWARDROP Rebecca
B 1834 unknown location
Date/Place of Marriage1864 Bathurst New South Wales
Children by 2nd WifeBenjamin B 1865 New South Wales
D 1867 Bathurst New South Wales
Joseph B 1868 Bathurst New South Wales
M McLENNAN Catherine 1889 Bathurst New South Wales
D August 1935 Sans Souci (Kogarah) New South Wales
Frederick B. B 1870 New South Wales
D 1871 Bathurst New South Wales
Hannah B 1871 Bathurst New South Wales
Emily Maud B 1874 Bathurst New South Wales
Edith May B 11th October 1876 New South Wales
bap 5th November 1876 All Saints Cathedral Bathurst New South Wales
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesAdelaide Times Saturday 25th October 1856 – page 2
Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal  Friday 24th October 1902 – page 2
Departure from Western
12th October 1856 to South Australia on board “Francis”.
Date/Place of Death/Burial23rd October 1902 Seymour Street Bathurst New South Wales
Wesleyan Old Cemetery
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1st Wife
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
2nd Wife
1905 Bathurst New South Wales
Wesleyan Old Cemetery
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationDischarge due to chronic rheumatism occasioned by exposure during the Kaffir Wars.

1851 English Census shows stationed in Dover Castle – Unmarried.

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. Mrs. JOHNSTONE mentioned.