MELVILLE – Robert Royal Marines: 43rd Company

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NameMELVILLE – Robert
Regiment (s)Royal Marines 43rd Company
Regiment Number (s) 7242
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
13th November 1833 / 18 years 8 months / Gloucester England
Description – Height
5 Ft 7½ in
Fresh / Hazel / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationNimrod 17th December 1834 to
Ringdove 18th April 1837
Wellesley 30th June 1837 – 8th August 1841
Ferret 11th December 1841 – 7th March 1843
Vanguard 10th February 1845 – 20th March 1849
Swift 27th June 1849 – 29th January 1853
Britannia 25th July 1853 to
Simoom 29th November 1855
Length of Service22 years 5 months
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 19th April 1856 / Devonport Plymouth Devon
Campaign MedalsChina War Medal (1840-42)
Crimea War Medal: clasps for Balaklava and Sebastopol
Turkish Crimea Medal
Intended Residence at
Plymouth Devon
Pension Districts1856 – 3rd Plymouth
Pension Paid£16-16-0 per annum
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
19th March 1857 London England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
CLARA 3rd July 1857
Date/Place of Birth1815 Dumfries Dumfriesshire 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
HARDMAN (Henrietta) Margaret
Not yet known
Date/Place of Marriage29th May 1857 at sea aboard the Clara during its voyage to Western Australia
Children by 1st WifeMary Agnes Ellen (Helen)
B  1858 Perth Western Australia
M MASON John 1875 Perth Western Australia
D 3rd August 1936 Fremantle Western Australia
bur Karrakatta Cemetery (Anglican) Western Australia
Margaret (twin)
B 1860 Perth Western Australia
Thomas (twin)
B 1860 Perth Western Australia
D Not yet known
Thomas Henry
B 1862 Perth Western Australia
D 1883 Geraldton Western Australia
B 1865 Perth Western Australia
D 1866 Perth Western Australia
Robert Richard
B 1867 Perth Western Australia
D 1867 Perth 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 Wife
Date/Place of Marriage
Children by 2nd Wife
2nd Husband of WifeIRWIN Samuel Thomas
Date/Place of Marriage1869 Perth Western Australia
Children by 2nd HusbandSarah Ann B 1870 Perth Western Australia
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Assistant Warder Convict Establishment Western Australia
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette 19th February 1869
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial14th February 1869 Perth Western Australia
bur not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1890 Western Australia
bur not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationIt is not clear how Margaret Hardman came to be aboard the Clara: may have come aboard as Robert Melville’s wife(?)