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62nd Wiltshire Regiment of Foot
53rd Regiment Shropshire Colours
Sutlej Medal no clasp
NamePIKE – Thomas
Regiment (s)62nd and 53rd Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 62nd Regiment – 1203
53rd Regiment – 2609 
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
7th February 1835 / 19 years 2 months / Bristol England
Description – Height
5 Ft 8 in
Fair / Grey / Red / Gunshot wound on forefinger of left hand
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 19 years 8 months
Length of Service21 years 5 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 12th February 1856 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsSutlej Campaign Medal 1845-6 (2 medals for service in the field)
Intended Residence at
Bristol England
Pension Districts1856-1859 Bristol
1859-1864 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
26th May 1859 Plymouth Devon England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
SULTANA 19th August 1859
Date/Place of Birth1816 near  Portsmouth Hampshire England
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
GARDNER Caroline
B 1836 (deduced)
Date/Place of Marriage29th August 1859 Fremantle Western Australia
Children by 1st WifeUNNAMED B 1860 Fremantle Western Australia
D 1860 Fremantle Western Australia
Caroline B 1861 Fremantle Western Australia
D Not yet known
Mary Ann B 1863 Fremantle Western Australia
D Not yet known
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
GARDNER Thomas – 48th Regiment arrived on board “Sultana” 1859
B 1814 Chittenfall (Chiddingfold) near Goldalming Surrey England
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
B 1816 Gosport Hampshire England
M Not yet known
D 1887
2nd Husband of WifePICKMAN (aka DAVIS) James John
B 1831 Not yet known
Date/Place of Marriage1865 Fremantle Western Australia
Children by 2nd HusbandAlfred Pickman DAVIS b 7th October 1879 Adelaide SA
Land Grants Western
See further information
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesChronicle 9th June 1906 page 31
The Advertiser 2nd June 1906 page 2
The Advertiser 15th June 1909 page 2 (death of J. J. Davis)
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial12th August 1864 Military Hospital Western Australia
12th August 1864 Skinner Street Fremantle Cemetery Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
D 30th May 1906 Adelaide (Caroline Davis)
bur West Terrace Cemetery Adelaide South Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationThomas Pike served in the 62nd Regiment from 1835 to 1846 and was most probably engaged at the battle of Ferozeshar in December 1845 and later at Sobraon
1841 British Army Worldwide Index Thomas Pike 1203 Private 62nd Foot location Hazarubaugh
1851 Thomas Pike 2609 Private 53rd Foot location Rawalpindi
Discharge due to chronic rheumatism although he had suffered a gunshot wound to his forefinger on his left hand.
Thomas and Caroline must have had a ship board romance as they married 10 days after the ship berthed in Fremantle.
The reverend Mr G. Bostock took up the cause for the deplorable condition of the widows of Pensioners one of whom was Caroline Pike (Pyke). It appears her husband opened up a small shop in North Fremantle which failed and left him with a lot of debt. In order to pay off these debts he obtained a grant of land at North Fremantle and put in a crop which he hoped would clear him from debt, however, before that could happened he died of Lockjaw leaving Caroline with 2 small children to support and a lot of liabilities. She received £14 from the Pensioners Benevolent Fund and a further £2 for the value of the crop all of which she paid to creditors and was forced to live with and on the generosity of her father pensioner Thomas Gardner. Captain Finnerty and Colonel Bruce considered she was not entitled to charity; fortunately, she obtained employment as a laundry servant in the home of the Comptroller General on 4 November 1864.
Reference Cons 36/547/45 2 February 1865 Resident Magistrate Fremantle