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PURTILL / PURTELL – William 78th 21st and 32nd Regiment

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78th Regiment Highlanders Colours
21st Regiment
32nd Cornwall Regiment Foot Badge
Punjab Medal (Mooltan Clasp)
British Crimea Medal Inkermann Clasp
Turkish Crimea Medal
Regiment (s)78th 21st and 32nd Regiment
Also served as a non-combatant in Crimean Ambulance Corps
Regiment Number (s) 32nd Regiment- 3181
21st Regiment – 2272
Ambulance Corps – 338
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
 31st March 1845 / 18 years 6 months / Limerick Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 8 in
Pale / Grey / Light Brown / Gunshot wound right arm
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 3 years 10 months
Crimea (post discharge in Ambulance Corps) 18 months
Length of Service6 years 114 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 22nd July 1851 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsPunjab Medal with Mooltan clasp
Crimea War Medal with Inkermann clasp
Turkish Crimea Medal
Intended Residence at
Limerick Ireland
Pension Districts1851-1854 Limerick
1854-1855 Turkey
1855-1859 Limerick
1859-1874 Western Australia
Pension Paid10d 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 BirthB 1826 Trough near Limerick Clare 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
1836 (deduced) Ireland
Date/Place of Marriage30th October 1855 St. John’s Limerick City Limerick Ireland
Children by 1st WifeCatherine B 1856 Limerick Clare Ireland
M FELTHAM James 1875 Fremantle Western Australia
D 28th February 1902 Fremantle Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Fremantle Cemetery Western Australia
Mary Sultana B 9th August 1859 at sea on board Sultana en route from England to Western Australia
M McGANN Michael 1884 Fremantle Western Australia
D 1884 York Western Australia
Ellen B 1861 Guildford Western Australia
M SLEE Charles Edward 3rd February 1892 Fremantle Western Australia
D 11th July 1948 Bunbury Western Australia
Bridget B 18th June 1862 Guildford Western Australia
D 1863 Western Australia
Bridget B 9th March 1864 York Western Australia
D 9th March 1864 York Western Australia
Margaret or Helen B 9th March 1864 York Western Australia
D 13th March 1864 York Western Australia
Sarah Ann B 1865 York Western Australia
M CONWAY Jeremiah 1894 Fremantle Western Australia
D 3rd December 1902 Western Australia
William Patrick B 1867 Fremantle Western Australia
D 6th December 1907 Yalgoo Western Australia
bur Yalgoo Cemetery
Charlotte B 1868 Busselton Western Australia
M WILLIS James William 29th January 1893 Fremantle Western Australia
D 6th June 1897 Fremantle Western Australia
Frederick Aloysius B 1871 Vasse Western Australia
D 23rd March 1917 Wooroloo Sanatorium Western Australia
bur Northam Cemetery Western 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
Occupation after
Appointed Convict Establishment 25th October 1858 Served for 15 years at Freshwater Bay, Guildford, York, Vasse, Bunbury, Perth
Newspaper ArticlesDaily News 22 & 24th November 1884 Page 3 Inquest into death of Mary McGann
Daily News 8 January 1885 – page 3 Trial of John Duffey
The West Australian 29th January 1885 – page 3 Execution of John Duffey
The Daily News 4th February 1892 page Marriage Ellen Purtill
The Daily News Monday 7th June 1897 page 2 death of Charlotte Willis
The West Australian Monday 7th June 1897 page 4 Charlotte Willis
Friday 28th February 1902 page 4 Death of Catherine FelthamThe West Australian 9th December 1902 page 6 Death Notice Sarah Conway
The West Australian 30th March 1917 page 1 Death of Frederick Purtill
The South Western Times Thursday 15th July 1948 page 19 Death of Ellen Slee
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/BurialD 26th March 1874 Western Australia
bur East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
D 26th January 1885 Western Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further Information1851 British Army Worldwide Index William Purtill 3181/21st 2272 Private 32nd Foot location Jalanahar (Punjab)
Unfit for further service due to wound received in action 27 December 1848 wounded by a ball entering the centre of the deltoid muscle of right arm and exiting half way down the outside of the arm. Severe inflammation and abscesses, rheumatic pain in arm and shoulder.
On 11th May 1874 William Dale, Officer in Charge of the Poor house wrote to the Colonial Secretary regarding the death of Warder William Purtill 26 March 1874 after 15 years in Convict service leaving a widow with 7 children aged from 17 years to 2 years, names and ages detailed, to support. Granted 1/- per day for 3 months also details of possible employment for daughter Catherine.
Mary Purtill was finding it nearly impossible after the death of her husband to support her family by sewing although she had bought a sewing machine with the money raised (£7/10/0) by fellow warders from the Convict Establishment after her husband’s death. The Imperial Government allowed her 5/- per week in view of her husband’s service. Accordingly On 11th August 1875 Mary Purtill petitioned the Governor regarding her impoverished circumstances requesting the aid previously awarded be continued – refused. Alternatively she asked that the younger children be admitted to the orphanage but that was also refused.
Petition refused 16 August 1875. 

CSR Cons 36 Vol 777 Folio 155 Letter regarding the death of Warder William Purtill 26 March 1874 after 15 years in Convict service with 7 children from 17 to 2 years, ages detailed. Granted 1/- per day for 3 months also details of employment for daughter Catherine