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McDONALD – William 50th Regiment

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50th Regiment Cap Badge
British Crimea Medal Alma Inkerman Sebastopol Clasp
Turkish Crimea Medal
Sutlej Medal – no clasps
1863 William McDonald Letter for relief
NameMcDONALD – William
Regiment (s)50th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1441
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
31st March 1840 / 19 years / London England
Description – Height
5 Ft 4¾ in
Fresh / Blue / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationSydney NSW time not recorded
India – 6 years 11 months
Ceylon – 3 years 7 months
Crimea – 1 year 2 months
Length of Service21 years 59 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 25th June 1861 / Parkhurst Isle of Wight England
Campaign MedalsStar of India
Sutlej Medal with 2 clasps
Crimean War Medal with Alma Sebastopol and Inkerman Clasps
Crimea-Turkish Medal
Intended Residence at
89 High Street Preston Lancashire England (address of father-in-law PEDDER James Greave)
Pension Districts1861 Preston
1862 Bermuda (in transit)
1863 Western Australia
Pension Paid11d 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 Birthc1821 St. Marylebone London Middlesex 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
PEDDER Elizabeth Greaves
B c1832 Preston Lancashire England
Date/Place of Marriage1854 Preston Lancashire England
Children by 1st WifeElizabeth B c1854 Preston Lancashire England
M WHITFIELD Francis William4th April 1874 Western Australia
D 24th February 1920 West Perth Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Mary Ann B 1860 Not yet known
D 30th May 1863 Fremantle Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Skinner Street Fremantle Western Australia
Margaret B c 1862 Preston Lancashire England (McDonnell)
GREAY Michael Stephen 1881 Western Australia
D 26th January 1906 Leederville Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
PEDDER James Greaves
1798 Garstang Lancashire England
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Unknown Elizabeth
1797 Pilling Lancashire
2nd Husband of WifeFOSTER John
Date/Place of MarriageWestern Australia
Children by 2nd HusbandEllen Mary B 1870 Western Australia
M TONDUT Ferdinand Western Australia
D 29th June 1956 South Perth Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesNot yet known
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial11th June 1863 Fremantle Western Australia
Anglican Section Skinner Street Cemetery Fremantle Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 William McDonald 1441 Private 50th Foot location On route from Sydney NSW to India
1851 William McDonald 1441 Private 50th Foot location Ashton under Lyne
Discharge was at his own request having served upward of 21 years.
The Surgeon Superintendent on the Merchantman rated the conduct of both Pensioner and Mrs McDonald as Very Good even though William had had his liquor stopped for 7 days for drunkenness.
William received medical treatment while on board the ship.
Children Elizabeth, Mary and Margaret accompanied the family on the ship.
Shortly after the death of his daughter Mary William McDonald took his own life leaving his wife Elizabeth and the 2 other daughters destitute.SROWA Cons 36 CSR Vol 524 Folios 24-26 Resident Magistrate Charles Symmons wrote to the Colonial Secretary 17th June 1863 regarding the plight of William McDonald’s wife and two children after he shot himself. Colonel Bruce said she had no claim of the Pensioners Benevolent fund and suggested that she be admitted to the Poor House or supported her family by taking in washing. She was admitted to Poor House 23rd June 1863
Elizabeth McDonald appears to have married a man called Foster as Elizabeth Foster nee Pether (sic) was the mother of Ellen (Mary) Foster born 1870 who married Ferdinand Tondut. Mrs F Tondut is mentioned as the sister of both Elizabeth & Margaret in their death notices. Ellen Mary Tondut died 29 June 1956 aged 86 and is buried at Karrakatta Cemetery