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SIGSTON / SIGSTONS / SIGATON – Charles Vare 16th Lancers

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16th Queens Lancers
Sutlej Medal
Regiment (s)16th Lancers
Regiment Number (s) 1102
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
3rd January 1838 / 21 years 11 months / Bow Street London Middlesex England
Description – Height
5 Ft 7¾ in
Dark / Hazel / Dark Brown / Scar on right side of right eye
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 7 years 9 months
Length of Service16 years 161 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 1st June 1854 / Dublin Ireland
Campaign MedalsPossibly Sutlej as he was involved at the battles of Sobroan and Aliwal
Intended Residence at
London England
Pension Districts1854 1st North London
1854 Portsmouth
1855 Turkish Contingent (Crimea)
1856 1st North London
1862-1883 Western Australia
Pension Paid9d per diem – Temporary 3 years to 7th July 1857 – made permanent 14th June 1859
1874 Increased to 11d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
6th October 1861 Portland England via Cape of Good Hope
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
LINCELLES 28th January 1862
Date/Place of BirthFebruary 1816 Windsor Berkshire 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
UNKNOWN Elizabeth
c1814 Woodstock Oxfordshire England
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeWilliam Henry B c1836 Marylebone Middlesex England
M GOODGAME Mary 17 November 1868 All Saints Church Hindmarsh South Australia
D 13 May 1913 age 78 McLaren Vale South Australia
Both Buried McLaren Vale Uniting Cemetery
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
19 August 1881 Charles Sigston applied for a land grant as he stated he had served four years in the Enrolled Force and was awarded P51 North Fremantle formerly that of Reddaway however that may not have happened as George Rutley was assigned it in 1881and applied for title in 1883
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesNot yet known
Departure from Western
Not Applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial9th September 1883 Western Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
29 August 1884/Inkerman Gilbert South Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army, Worldwide Index
1841 Charles Sigston was stationed at Meerut India
1851 He was at Hounslow Middlesex England
Served in action at Aliwal and Sobraon 1846
Discharge: Due to the loss of power in his left arm which was caused by a fall from his horse when in the field and general debility
Comment on WO23/52 states “Turkish Contingent” which indicates he was involved in the Turkish Contingent which was raised from discharged officers and soldiers (volunteers) in an effort to assist the regular army during the Crimean War.
In the 1861 Census RG 09/88/35 Charles and his family are living at 13 Tuckers Place St Marylebone London. His wife Elizabeth, a laundress, said she was born 1814 at Woodstock in Oxfordshire and their son William born St. Marylebone London in 1836
Mary Horrocks aged 80 was also living with them –no relationship was given.
Charles declared he was a single man when he was attested on 3rd January 1838, however, his son William was born in 1836, possibly his wife was not on the strength and did not accompany him to India.
Trouble started for Charles even before the ship sailed when on 2nd October he was convicted of trafficking with Prisoners on the 1st October. 20 Days Grog Stopped. Then on the 10th October he lost his bayonet overboard this time by accident.
Then on 1st November Pensioner Thomas Tracey was reported by Sergt. T. Kelly for striking Pensioner Sigston in the face
with his fist at 6 o’clock. Two days extra duty.
He was listed as one of the original subscribers to the Pensioner benevolent Fund and seemed to take an active interest in the fund.