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SIBBALD – William 72nd Highlanders

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72nd Regiment Colours
Indian Mutiny Medal Central India Clasp
Turkish Crimea Medal
Crimean War Medal
NameSIBBALD – William
Regiment (s)72nd Highlanders
Regiment Number (s) 1817 – 72nd Highlanders
675 – 72nd Highlanders
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
1 –  21st December 1843 / 17 years / Glasgow Lanarkshire, Scotland
2 –  14th May 1860 / 34 years / Edinburgh Scotland
Description – Height
5 Ft  6.3/8 in
Swarthy / Blue / Black / None
Overseas Service/DurationGibraltar – 3 years 2 months
West Indies – 4 months
Crimea – 1 year
East Indies – 2 years
Length of Service17 Years 281 days
Rank/Date/Place of Discharge1 – Private / 11th April 1860 / unreadable
2 – Private / 3rd December 1861 / Chatham England
Campaign MedalsIndian Mutiny Medal 1857-1859 with Central India Clasp
Crimean War Medal
Turkish Crimea War Medal
Intended Residence at
Blantyre Lanarkshire Scotland
Pension Districts1861 2nd Glasgow
1862 Tilbury
1862 Western Australia
1864 New South Wales
1874 Victoria
Pension Paid10d 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 Birth1825 Blantyre Hamilton Lanarkshire Scotland
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
Not yet known
Does not appear to have been married when in  Western Australia
as he sailed alone on the “Rangatiri”  to Eastern States in 1864
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 South Australian Advertiser Wednesday 11th May 1864 page 2 Passenger Rangatira
Departure from Western
“Rangatira” to the Eastern States of Australia in 1864
Date/Place of Death/BurialSandhurst Melbourne Australia in 1887
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further Information1851 British Army World Wide Index – shows William with the 72nd at Bristol England
1861 British Army World Wide Index – shows William with the 72nd at Aberdeen Scotland
Discharge: At own request. Private William Sibbald 72nd Highlanders a worn out old man who has been troubled with a cough since his return to this country states he was invalided from the West Indies so far back as 1848 for pulmonary … While in India during the mutiny contracted disease of the chest which he still suffered from (Chronic bronchitis) ascribed to climate and hard service –was wounded by a fragmentary shell on back of head in Crimea [8th September at Sebastopol] and states he still has been subject to pains in the head since.
In the 1851 Census William Sibbald age 28, single, is with his regiment at the Horsfield Barracks, Clifton, Gloucestershire, England.
His pension was paid in Victoria from January 1868 until September 1887. He was struck off the pension list in 1889. The Transfer Authority under which his pension was paid is No 1974 for which there is no record.