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REEVES – Josiah Royal Marines Chatham Division 17th Company

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Royal Marines 1854 Britains Sea Soldiers Vol 1 by Cyril Field
China Medal 1842
NameREEVES – Josiah
Regiment (s)Royal Marines Chatham Division 17th Company
Regiment Number (s) 4276
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
4th December 1837 /   / Bath Somerset England
Description – Height
5 Ft 6¾ in
Fresh / Grey / light / None
Overseas Service/DurationBlenheim 1839-1843
Cyclops 1843-1843
Trafalgar 1843-1846
Meander 1847-1851
Madagascar 1853-1858
Formidable 1859-1860
Afloat 14 years 79 days
Ashore 8 years 53 days
Length of Service22 years 132 days, 1 year 122 days deducted as being underage
Leaving a total 21years 10 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 13th April 1860 / Chatham England
Campaign MedalsChina (while serving on the Blenheim)
Intended Residence at
Not yet known
Pension Districts1860 Trowbridge
1865 Tilbury
1865-1868 Western Australia
1868-1869 South Australia
Pension Paid£15.4.0 per annum
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
26th May 1865 Portland England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
RACEHORSE 10th August 1865
Date/Place of Birthc1819 Calne Chippenham Wiltshire England
Date/Place of Baptism30th May 1819 Calne Wiltshire England
Date/Place of Birth
Date/Place of Birth
13TH May 1814 Calne, Wiltshire
SiblingsGeorge B 14th May 1815
Caroline B 21st September 1817 residence Blackland
David B 20th February 1821
All at St. Mary’s Colne Wiltshire England
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
Not yet known
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeNot yet known
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
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesThe Perth Gazette and West Australian Times 13th March 1868 page 2 Passenger list Emily Smith – J,Rives (sic)
Departure from Western
To South Australia 1868 March 11th per Emily Smith
Date/Place of Death/Burial12th June 1870 (Royal) Adelaide Hospital residence Angaston south Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationDischarge: Length of service
In the 1861 Census Josiah Reeves a single man is living at the home of his brother George (a Chelsea pensioner, 60th Rifles) with George’s wife and step-children at Heddington, Wiltshire. Josiah is a Greenwich pensioner aged 42. Both Josiah and George said they were born at Blackland Wiltshire.
Josiah was admitted to the Royal Adelaide Hospital on 10th June 1870. At the time he was age 51, single, a protestant residing Angaston, working as a labourer born Wiltshire and had been 2 years in the Colony having arrived on the Emily Smith.