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Royal Marines 1854 Britains Sea Soldiers Vol 1 by Cyril Field
Naval Service Medal w Syria Clasp
Crimean War Medal
NameOAKLEY – Charles Thomas
Regiment (s)Royal Marines Portsmouth Division 16th and 42nd Company
Regiment Number (s) 898
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
31st July 1839 / 21 years 6 months / Lewes Sussex England
Description – Height
5 Ft 7 in
Fresh / Grey / Dark / None
Overseas Service/Duration“Vanguard” 1840-1843
“Royal Albert”
Length of Service21 years 16 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeSergeant / 23rd August 1860 / Not yet known NAA said 20 March 1862
Campaign MedalsSyria for action of Vanguard 9th August 1842 1 clasp
Crimean War Medal (Doubtful – was an ordinary seaman not Marine)
Intended Residence at
Not yet known
Pension Districts1860 Plymouth
1865-1868 Western Australia
1868-1894 Victoria
Pension Paid£16.16.0 per annum
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
26th May 1865 Portland England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
RACEHORSE 10th August 1865
Date/Place of Birth1818 Stroughton Chichester Sussex England
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
OAKLEY Patrick
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
UNKNOWN Elizabeth
These people were the parents of the next entry James Gill
Charles said his parents were dead. Bi Centenerary Dictionary said Charles’s father was James
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
BURTON/BARTON Harriet (Transfer Doc NAA)
Date/Place of MarriageJuly 1866 Fremantle WA
Children by 1st WifeCharles Thomas b 1867
M Ellen WRIGHT 31 October 1888 Fremantle WA
D 29 November 1891 Fremantle WA
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
BURTON/BARTON Philip Augustus
B 1842 England
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Musician (Transfer Document NAA)
Newspaper ArticlesThe Daily News Thursday 10 December 1891 Death of son Charles Thomas
Departure from Western
To South Australia 1868
To Victoria 1868
Date/Place of Death/Burial1894 Victoria – see below – unlikely
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationMentioned in Pension Payment Books – Money paid to Wife.
The Bi-Centennial has Charles Oakley marrying a Harriet Burton/Barton on 7 September 1866 at Fremantle. They had 3 children:
Charles Thomas born 1867 at Fremantle father Charles
William John born 1871 father Charles-not possible
Harriet Mary born 1869 father Charles-possible
However we know that Charles left the state before September 1868 so the paternity of the two later children is extremely suspect. One third of his pension was paid to his wife in WA but that was discontinued and money refunded. Was he paying for children he did not father? A Harriet Oakley married Thomas Barker in 1873; it rather looks as if Harriet was living with him prior to the marriage.
(NAA entry acknowledges 1 child only)A Charles Oakley died in Victoria on 16 July 1896 aged 74. This man was married to Emma and had three children Frederick, Charles and a Mrs Eleanor Whitehead. This Charles Oakley left a will where he described himself as a gentleman. The estate was worth 545 pounds. The family came from UK on a ship called Athlone in 1853 so it is not our Charles.