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31st Regiment Huntingdonshire Colours
NameNICHOLSON – William
Regiment (s)31st Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 558
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
11th January 1825 / 17 years / Ballingsloe Galway Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 6 in
Fair / Hazel / Red / None
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 18 years  5 months
Length of Service22 Years  47 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 23rd February 1847 / Chatham England
Campaign MedalsAfghanistan Campaign (1842)
Intended Residence at
New Zealand
Pension Districts1847 Southampton
1850 Athlone
1851-1860 Western Australia
1860-1875 South Australia
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
1st February 1851 Falmouth England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
MERMAID 15th May 1851
Date/Place of Birth8th January 1808 Caltra  Galway  Ireland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
c1812 Not yet known
Date/Place of Marriage3rd September 1846 SS Peter & Paul Milton-Next-Gravesend Kent England
Children by 1st WifeJohn B  1847 See further information
M DYER Mary Jane 14th September 1870 Adelaide  South Australia
William B 16th April 1850 Balinasloe Galway Ireland
Possible marriage to DIXON  Agnes Amelia  30th October 1877 Gladstone Clare  South Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
North Fremantle lot P2
1 acre assigned 20 November 1852
23rd November 1858 Title Application Title 1613
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesSouth Australian Register  2nd August 1860 – page 2 – Arrival of the “Lochinvar”  from Fremantle with Wm, Rachel, John & William Nicholson as steerage passengers.
South Australian Advertiser 23rd May 1881 – funeral of Rachael
Departure from Western
13th July 1860 per Lochinvar for South Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial22nd December 1875 Adelaide South Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
22nd May 1881 Adelaide South Australia
West Terrace Cemetery Adelaide South Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 William Nicholson 558 Private 31st foot location Agra
Discharge due to repeated attacks of hepatitis and fever.
11th July 1847 baptism for a John Nicholson Father William Nicholson and mother Rachel (no surname) at Baddesley Hampshire, England
19th April 1850 – Baptism for son William (Guliemius) was at Ballinasloe, Galway Ireland. The father was Guliemius NICHOLSON and mother Rachael BEAHAN. Sponsors were Michael NICHOLSON and Bridgida NICHOLSON.
1st September 1851 – Return of Pensioners living in the village at North Fremantle – William NICHOLSON, 1 man , 1 woman 2 children, all Roman Catholic
9th June 1855 – Return of Pensioners living in the village at North Fremantle – William, wife, 2 children all Roman Catholic
5th December 1863 – William (14) admitted (Royal) Adelaide Hospital – Ballinasloe Galway arrived Lochinvar 5 years in Colony.
The Surgeon Superintendent (Mermaid) lists the family as:
William Nicholson, Rachel Nicholson, John age 4 and William age 1