SMITH – William 50th Regiment

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50th Regiment Cap Badge

Sutlej Medal with Sobraon Clasp

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 Medals
Intended Residence at
Not stated
Pension Districts1847 Chatham
1848-1858 Deptford
1859-1873 Western Australia
1874-1897 Victoria
1874 Calcutta (returned to Victoria)
Pension Paid8d per diem
11th February 1873 pension suspended during imprisonment in Western Australia and on release reduced to 6d per diem
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
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 Marriage2nd Quarter 1847 Medway Kent England
Children by 1st WifeElizabeth Sarah B December 1850 Medway Kent England
M DODD Michael unknown date
D 11th December 1936 at residence of her daughter Perth Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
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 Age 13th August 1897 page 6
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)
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1st Wife
1865 Dongara Western Australia (Elizabeth)
Will or ProbateNone known
Further Information9 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.