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NICHOLSON – John 1st Regiment

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1st Regiment
Regiment (s)1st Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 661
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
7th February 1832 / 18 years 7 months / Leeds Yorkshire England
Description – Height
5 Ft 9½ in
Fair / Grey / Brown / Gunshot wound to left arm
Overseas Service/DurationCanada – 7 years 9 months
Nova Scotia – 5 months
West Indies – 1 year 4 months
Length of Service16 years 316 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 6th November 1848 / Dublin Ireland
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Not stated
Pension Districts1849 Halifax
1850-1852 Western Australia
1855-1857 Bolton Lancashire
Pension Paid6d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
4th March 1850 Portsmouth Hampshire England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
SCINDIAN 1st June 1850
Date/Place of Birth1813 Harewood Leeds Yorkshire
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
No wife in Western Australia
Date/Place of MarriageNot applicable
Children by 1st WifeSingle
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not applicable
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not applicable
Land Grants Western
Not applicable
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette 14th June 1850
Inquirer (Perth WA) Wednesday 17th March 1852 page Passenger list Evergreen
Departure from Western
10th March 1852 departed Fremantle per Evergreen for Melbourne
Date/Place of Death/Burial31st August 1857 Bolton Lancashire England
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not applicable
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 John Nicholson 661 2nd Bn 1st foot location London Canada
Discharge due to consumption
After the arrival of the Scindian at Fremantle Captain Henderson wrote a report listing the rank name, trade or calling, rate of pension, date of enlistment for 5 months service, marital status, and number of children for each pensioner. Sometimes the trade of calling differed from that recorded at the time of attestation:
Private John Nicholson, farm labourer, 6d, 21st January, single
3rd March 1852 Captain Bruce wrote to the Colonial Secretary regarding a request by John Nicholson (1st Ft @6d per diem) for a transfer to Port Philip. Bruce told him he could not recommend a transfer until after the arrival of the next convict ship. Following the guidelines laid down by the War office the Governor said he could not sanction a transfer.
31st March 1852 Captain Bruce again wrote to the Colonial Secretary advising him John Nicholson had left the Colony and requested his dismissal from the Enrolled Force which was approved.