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PILCHER / PELCHER – William 50th Regiment

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50th Regiment Cap Badge
Punniar Star
Sutlej Medal no clasp
Regiment (s)50th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1239
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
1st December 1839 / 19 years / no place given
Description – Height
5 Ft  7¼ in
Fresh / Hazel / Light Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationNew South Wales – 1 year 103 days
East Indies  – 7 years 26 days
Length of Service10 Years 117 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeSergeant / 27th March 1849 / Chatham Kent  England
Campaign MedalsBronze Star for action at Punniar
Sutlej with clasps
Intended Residence at
Manchester England
Pension Districts
1849 2nd Manchester
1849 Tilbury
1849 New Zealand
1860 Canterbury
1861 1st Dublin
1862 2nd West London
1862 Tilbury
1862-1864 Western Australia
1864-1885 South Australia
Pension Paid1/3d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
8th October 1862  Portland England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
YORK  31st December 1862
Date/Place of Birth10th September 1819  St. Mary’s Dover Kent England
Date/Place of Baptism8th October 1819 St. Mary the Virgin Dover Kent England
Date/Place of Birth
PILCHER Henry Richard
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
MORFORD Kitty or Catherine
c1792 Not Yet Known
20th October 1812 Folkestone Kent England
16th February 1861 Folkestone Kent England
SiblingsThomas bap 3rd March 1822 Weybourne Norfolk England
Henry Richard  B 15th February 1824 Norfolk England
bap 14th March 1824 Norfolk England
George Betts bap 27th September 1835 Norwich Norfolk England
Harriet Elizabeth bap 16th September 1838 Norwich Norfolk England
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
1818  Dublin Ireland
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeSarah  B 1851 New Zealand
William John  B 1852  (deduced) possibly NZ
M COFFY (Coffee) Bridget Maria 11th July 1875 St Ignatius Adelaide South Australia
D  11th September 1934 Adelaide South Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
2nd Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
1833 / Not yet known
Date/Place of Marriage31st December 1875 Port Augusta South Australia
Children by 2nd WifeNot yet known
Father of 2nd wife
Date/Place of Birth
HUNTER  William
Not yet known
Mother of 2nd wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesSouth Australian Advertiser   Thursday 2nd January 1868 –  page 3 – son William PILCHER throwing stones
South Australian Register – Monday 12th April 1869 –  page 3 – son William PILCHER was assaulted
South Australian Register Friday 6th May 1870 – page 4 – William PILCHER assignment
The Express and Telegraph – Wednesday 21st November 1883 –  page 2 – William PILCHER – hero
South Australian Weekly Chronicle   24th November 1883 – page 13 (better Copy)
The Advertiser – Friday 14th September 1934 –  page 24 – funeral William John PILCHER
Departure from Western
Not known , possibly on the “Gem” –  pension paid Adelaide 1864-1879
Date/Place of Death/Burial21st March 1885 Adelaide South Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1st Wife
16th November 1873 Adelaide South Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
2nd Wife
Possibly – PELCHER Elizabeth  26th August 1899 Port Augusta South Australia
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further Information1841 British Army World Wide Index shows William with 50th at sea Calcutta India
Discharge: Reduction in Army. Gunshot wound to the right hand received at Ferozeshah 21 December 1845 destroying the tendons of the middle and ring fingers which prevents his closing the hand and consequently making him unfit to perform the ordinary duties of a soldier.
In the June 1853 New Zealand Census 1853 William Pelcher was living at Onehunga, Auckland at the pensioner settlements. His occupation was shoemaker and his qualification was ‘freehold estate’.
Sarah Pilcher was admitted to the (Royal) Adelaide hospital on the 6th October 1869, she was a married woman a Roman Catholic residing Wakefield St., a housewife, born Dublin Ireland, and had been 6 years in the Colony, arriving on the Gem (from Perth).
A possible marriage: Sarah Elizabeth Pitcher married James Potter on 12th June 1872 at the Wesleyan Parsonage Port Adelaide, father Sargent Pitcher. She died 13th February 1907 age 67 at Parkside the widow of James Potter