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 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
Warder at Fremantle
Newspaper ArticlesDaily News 22 November 1884
The West Australian
9th January 1885 – page 3
Daily News 8 January 1885 – page 3
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 InformationNewspaper accounts of the murder of Mary Sultana McCann (nee Purtill) by her lover John Duffy
Information available on the impoverished circumstances of Mary Purtill after the death of William