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19th Regiment North Riding
Crimean War Medal with Alma clasp
Turkish Crimea Medal
NameRAWSON – William
Regiment (s)19th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 2130
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
17th October 1846 / 20 years / Chesterfield Derbyshire England
Description – Height
5 Ft 10 in
Fair / Dark / Brown /
Overseas Service/DurationNorth America – 2 years
Turkey – 4 months
Crimea – 4 months
Length of Service10 years 159 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 24th March 1857 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsCrimean Medal with Alma clasp
Crimean-Turkish Medal
Intended Residence at
Wingfield North Derby England
Pension Districts1857 Derby
1862 Bermuda (in transit)
1863-1866 Western Australia
1866-1879 South Australia
Pension Paid8d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
30th October 1862 Gravesend England (via Bermuda)
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
MERCHANTMAN 15th February 1863
Date/Place of Birth1826 South Winfield near Appleton Derbyshire 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
PEDARY Catherine nee LEARY – sister of LEARY/O’LEARY Daniel 48th and 57th Regiment arrived “York” 1862  traveled on this ship with Brother and her adopted daughter
1834 Queenstown Cork Ireland
Date/Place of Marriage23rd December 1863 Perth Western Australia
Children by 1st WifeNone known
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
LEARY Frederick
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
1st Husband of WifePEDARY Charles
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Child by  AdoptionJOHNSTONE Ellen Norah or Elanora B 1861 Sheffield Yorkshire England
M COLLINS David 23rd October 1884 Adelaide South Australia
Land Grants Western
Not applicable
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesSouth Australian Register Monday 29th January 1866 – page 2 Passenger list Emily Smith
Express and Telegraph (Adelaide SA) Thursday 4th August 1904 page 1 Funeral notice CatherineRegister 17th May 1905 – page 6 Rawson v Collins
Advertiser 15th August 1905 – page 3 Rawson v Collins
Departure from Western
1866 to South Australia onboard “Emily Smith”
Date/Place of Death/Burial18th February 1908 Prospect South Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
3rd August 1904 Adelaide South Australia
Roman Catholic Section West Terrace Cemetery Adelaide South Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1851 William Rawson 2130 Private 19th Foot location Quebec Canada
Discharge due to reduction in the army and unfit for further service due to an enlargement of the scrotum the result of a bruise when on duty in Turkey and a gunshot wound to the left leg suffered at the battle of Alma
William Rawson arrived in Western Australia as a single man; he received medical treatment during the voyage of the Merchantman. The Surgeon Superintendent rated his conduct as Very Good.
William Rawson was admitted 3 times to the (Royal) Adelaide hospital between 1874 and 1881 aged between 48 and 55. He said he was a married man, Roman Catholic, living at Wright street in Adelaide and had been born in Derbyshire. He had arrived on the Emily Smith. His wife Catherine was admitted to the hospital on 6th January 1877 age 35, she erroneously said she had been born in Manchester, the additional information was the same as for William
Catherine Pedary was the sister of LEARY/O’LEARY Daniel 48th and 57th Regiment, she arrived on the “York” 1862 with Daniel and her adopted daughter
RG9 piece 3495/64/3 1861
In the 1861 English Census Catherine Predary (27) widow and her adopted daughter Elenr (sic) Johnstone are living with Catherine’s brother Daniel Leary at Court 27 Marcus Street Brightside Bierlow Sheffield Yorkshire. Both Catherine and Daniel said they were born Queenstown Ireland. Elanr (Eleanor) was 2 months of age born Sheffield Yorkshire
After the death of his wife there was a court case between William and his step daughter over property he considered he inherited from his wife’s estate. It is reported in The Register 17 May 1905 page 6, The Advertiser 15 August 1905 page 3, The Register 29 August 1905 page 8