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50th Regiment Cap Badge
Sutlej Medal Moodkee clasps Ferozeshuhur Sobraon

Sikh Army – 50th Regiment – William Smith – EPG Gazette April 2008

NameSMITH – William
Regiment (s)50th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 2172
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
23rd May 1843 / 19 years / London England
Description – Height
5 Ft 7½ in
Fair / Grey Brown / Brown / Sabre wound upper right leg
Overseas Service/DurationIndia – 2 years 8 months
Length of Service4 years 31 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 22nd June 1847 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsPresent at the action of Moodkee (wounded) and Sobraon
Intended Residence at
Pension Districts1847 Chatham
1848-1858 Deptford
1859-1873 Western Australia
1874 Calcutta (returned to Victoria)
1874-1897 Victoria
Pension Paid8d per diem
11th February 1873 pension suspended during imprisonment in Western Australia and on release reduced to 6d per diem, recommenced 1st April 1874
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 Birth1823 Merton near London Middlesex England
Date/Place of Baptism5th January 1823 Merton Surrey, England
Date/Place of Birth
SMITH William
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
UNKNOWN Susannah
Not yet known
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
ROGERS Elizabeth
1824 (deduced) Portsmouth Hampshire England
Date/Place of Marriage28 June 1847 Medway Kent England
Children by 1st WifeElizabeth Sarah B December 1850 Medway Kent England
M DODD Michael unknown date ( he lived 1832-1895)
D 11th December 1936 at residence of her daughter Perth Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
2nd WifeBECKETT Caroline
Date/Place of Marriage1868 York Western Australia
Children by 2nd WifeNone known
3rd WifeFARRELL Annie
Date/Place of Marriage1872 Newcastle (Toodyay) Western Australia (Bigamy as Caroline still alive)
Children by 3rd WifeNone known
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesThe Express (Perth, WA: 1872-1873) Monday 9th September 1872 page 3
The Age 13th August 1897 page 6 – Man Missing
South Australian Register Thursday 16 September 1897 page 5 -body found
The West Australian 12 December 1935 page 1 Death of Elizabeth Dodd
Departure from Western
Unknown how and when but possibly left during early 1873 for Victoria (after completion of prison sentence)
Date/Place of Death/Burial10th August 1897 Wangaratta Victoria (drowned in the Ovens River) see further information
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1st Wife
1865 Dongara Western Australia (Elizabeth)
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationDischarge due to sabre wound to upper third of left leg sustained at the action at Moodkee 18th December 1845.
1851 UK Census HO 107/1611/390/42
River Rows Brompton, Chatham, Kent
William Smith Head, Married, age 27, Chelsea Pensioner, born Michan, Surrey.
Elizabeth Smith, Wife, 29, born Hampshire, Portsmouth.
9 August 1872 William Smith was charged with feloniously marrying one Ann Farrell of Fremantle (Western Australia) his former wife Caroline Beckett being at the same time alive. Committed for trial and convicted of Bigamy at Perth WA and sentenced to 6 months hard labour:
28th January 1871 The Resident Magistrate, York, wrote to the Colonial Secretary regarding Caroline Smith suffering from Ophthalmia, her husband pensioner William Smith had absconded and was believed to be in Perth. She was awarded 1/- per day temporary relief.
23rd September 1871 the Resident Magistrate York paid Caroline Smith 5/- (five Shillings) to enable her to proceed to the Poor House Perth.
SROWA AN 5, Cons 419, Item 34: 9 August 1872. WILLIAM SMITH, a pensioner charged with feloniously marrying one Ann Farrell of Fremantle his former wife Caroline Beckett being at the same time alive. Committed for trial.
30 July 1872: I have to report that WILLIAM SMITH, a pensioner of Fremantle was married in June last by the District Register for Fremantle, Mr Francisco to one Ann Farrell, a widow and the said WILLIAM SMITH by this marriage has committed bigamy in as much as he has a wife now living at York, which marriage I witnessed. Sgt Charles Wisby Fremantle 30 July 1872.The Age 13 August 1897 page 6. Missing from Home.
Wangaratta, Thursday
An old man named William Smith has been missing from his home since Tuesday evening, and fears are held that he has been drowned. The Agricultural Society found it necessary to have the house in which Smith resided, with his wife, removed from the grounds, and the intelligence having been imparted to the old man, he is reported to have said “over my dead body’. His footsteps have been traced to the water’s edge, where were also found two walking sticks that he was known to use. The police are engaged dragging the river for the body. Smith was a British pensioner.
His body was found six weeks later.
Inquest Held 16 September 1897 at Wangaratta, Victoria found that William Smith had drowned accidentally caused on 10 July 1897 (actually it was August). VPRS 24/P0000 unit 677 Item 1897/1094