NICHOLSON – William 31st Regiment

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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
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
BEAHAN  Rachael
c1812 Not yet known
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeJohn B  1847 Not yet known
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
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
North Fremantle lot P2
1 acre  assigned 20 November 1852
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
Pension paid Lochinvar South Australia from July 1860
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 Information19th 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 – 5 years in Colony.