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OLIVER – William Henry 31st Regiment

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31st Regiment Huntingdonshire Colours
Afghan Medal Cabool
Occupied Bassendean Pensioner Cottage
NameOLIVER – William Henry
Regiment (s)31st Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 824
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
25th January 1826 / 16 years / Manchester Lancaster England
Description – Height
5 Ft 7 in
Dark / Hazel / Dark / None
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 16 years 6 months
Length of Service19 years 307 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 28th December 1847 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsCabool Medal 1842 (1st Afghan War)
Intended Residence at
Ashton-under-Lyne Manchester England
Pension Districts1848 1st Manchester
1849 Cambridge
1853-1881 Western Australia
Pension Paid11d per diem
1873 Increased to 1/1½d per diem for service in the Western Australian Enrolled Force
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
June 2 1853 Kingstown, Dublin, Ireland
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
PHOEBE DUNBAR 30th August 1853
Date/Place of Birth1810 Manchester
Date/Place of Baptismbap 23rd December 1810 Manchester Lancashire England
Date/Place of Birth
OLIVER William (Paper maker)
bap 3rd December 1776 Manchester Lancashire
Remarried (after Elizabeth STRATHAM)  TAYLOR Sarah 16th October 1825 Manchester England
D Manchester Workhouse
bur 5th September 1859 All Saints Church Newton Heath England
Date/Place of Birth
STATHAM Elizabeth
B c1785
M 2nd July 1809 Manchester England
bur 30th March 1825 Rusholme Road Cemetery Chortlon-on-Medlock Lancashire England
SiblingsGeorge bap 1st March 1812 Manchester Lancashire England
Ann bap 16th January 1814 Derby Derbyshire England
M WARREN James Not yet known
Ruth bap 19th May 1816 Derby Derbyshire England
Sarah bap 28th January 1820 Manchester Lancashire England
Samuel bap 25th March 1824 St Luke’s Chortlon-on-Medlock Manchester England
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
ARNOLD Ellen (widow of Charles Arnold Private 31st Regiment d 20th August 1838 Dinapore)
Not Yet Known
Date/Place of Marriage8th  October 1838 Dinapore India
Children by 1st WifeNone known
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
2nd WifeCHURCH Mary Ann
bap 9th April 1826 Godmanchester Huntingdonshire England
Date/Place of Marriage3rd March 1847 Huntington Huntingtonshire England
Children by 2nd WifeWilliam B 1848 Rochdale Lancashire England
D 16th May 1850 Huntingdon Huntingdonshire England
Elizabeth Ann B 29th March 1850 Huntingdon Huntingdonshire England
D 11th April 1865 West Guildford Western Australia
bur 12th April 1865 Guildford Western Australia
George William B 20th February 1852 Huntingdon Huntingdonshire England
M BOOTH Rebekah 3rd April 1889 Irwin District Schoolhouse Western Australia
D 17th September 1926 Rosella Hospital Geraldton Western Australia
bur Presbyterian  Section Yalgoo Cemetery Western Australia
Edward Henry B 24th December 1854 York Western Australia
M BOOTH Amelia (Amy) 21st June 1887 Irwin District School House
D 16th September 1898 Baron Rothschild Mine near Fields Find and Yalgoo Western Australia
bur Pinyalling Western Australia
Samuel B 28th November 1858 Middle Swan Western Australia
D 11th September 1859 West Guildford Western Australia
Thomas Richard B 13th June 1860 West Guildford Western Australia
M HERBERT Jane 17th August 1887 Strawberry Western Australia
D 16th May 1933 Morawa Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Morawa Cemetery Western Australia
Father of 2nd wife
Date/Place of Birth
CHURCH Richard
Mother of 2nd wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
31 December 1866 legislative Council signed Deed of Grant for West Guildford P117
Occupation after
22 April 1855-30th June 1853 Night warder Convict establishment
1 March 1854-19th July 1855 Gaoler York
Newspaper ArticlesHerald  Fremantle 24th September 1881 – page 2
Geraldton Guardian 18th September 1926 – page 2: 25th September 1926 – page 2
Mullewa Mail  Saturday 27th May 1933 – page 7
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial22nd September 1881 No. 1 Barracks Fremantle Western Australia
Skinner Street Fremantle Western Australia (tentative)
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1st Wife
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
2nd Wife
29th May 1877 Irwin District Western Australia
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 William Oliver 824 Private 31st foot location Agra
He served in the campaign in Afghanistan1842 and was present in the action of… and Tezeem for which he had a medal.
Discharge due to chronic rheumatism and worn out.
1851 Census HO 107/1748/574/7 Old Crown Yard high Street Huntingdon
William Oliver a Chelsea pensioner age 40 is living with his wife Mary Ann age 26 born Godmanchester Huntingdon and daughter Elizabeth Ann age 1 who was born in Huntingdon.
3rd May 1879 William Oliver, Pensioner, wrote from Strawberry Hill requesting a 100acre block of land that at the time was occupied by his son George W Oliver. It was situated on the Southside of the Irwin river.