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JOHNSTON – William HEIC Bengal Artillery

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Honourable East India Company – Painting of Battle of Ferozeshah 1845
Lived in York-Convict Depot now Residency-Museum
Name JOHNSTON – William
Regiment (s)Honourable East India Company Bengal Artillery
Regiment Number (s) Discharge Number 121
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
24th February 1852 / 26 years / Not yet known
Sawyer / Forester
Description – Height
5 Ft 9¼ in
Fresh / Grey / Dark /
Overseas Service/DurationHEIC
Length of Service6 years 4 months
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeCorporal / 11th August 1858 / Not yet known
Campaign MedalsNot yet known
Intended Residence at
Not yet known
Pension Districts1858 2nd Glasgow
1859 1st Belfast
1861 2nd Glasgow
1862 Bermuda (in transit)
1863-1874 Western Australia
1873-1879 Wellington New Zealand
Pension Paid1/3d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
30th October 1862 Gravesend England (via Bermuda)
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
MERCHANTMAN 15th February 1863
Date/Place of Birthc1826 Glasgow Scotland
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
c 1825
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeMartha B c1850 Glasgow Scotland
M GIBLETT Thomas1868 York Western Australia
D 27th October 1924 Highgate Hill Western Australia
bur Wesleyan Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
William J. B c 1859 Not yet known
D 16th January 1888 (possible)
bur East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Mary Ann B at sea 7th November 1862
Sazrah (sic) B 1865 York Western Australia
Jane B 1867 York Western Australia
Land Grants Western
York Lot P5
5.2.37 acres
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette and Independent Times Friday 12th July 1867 page 3 Trial of William Johnston
The Daily News Saturday 1st November 1924 page 9 Obituary Martha Giblett
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/BurialNot yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationDischarge was due to an injury rendering his right arm useless after an accident from a gun carriage wheel.
The Surgeon Superintendent on the Merchantman rated both William and Rachael Johnston’s conduct aboard the Merchantman as Very Good. They were accompanied by their children Martha and William J. Another daughter Mary was born at sea on 7th November 1862
On 4th July 1867 William Johnston was charged with the murder of fellow pensioner Andrew Alcock at Fremantle on 7th May 1867. After a lengthy trial he was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter and given a term of imprisonment for 6 years.
10th July 1867 Mrs Johnston, wife of William, applied for relief. The Resident Magistrate Fremantle was advised by the Colonial Secretary he could supply her with rations of bread, tea and sugar only if she was in danger of starvation and on no account was she to be issued money.
In 1873 sometime after his term of imprisonment William left the state for New Zealand. His pension was being paid up to the end of the records we can access 1879. His wife and younger children most probably accompanied him.