STAPLES – William Royal Artillery 8th Battalion 3rd Company and Invalid Battalion

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NameSTAPLES – William
Regiment (s)Royal Artillery 8th Battalion 3rd Company
Royal Artillery Invalid Battalion
Regiment Number (s) 965
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
17th January 1838 / 18 years 1 month / Leicester England
Framework knitter
Description – Height
Complexion/Eyes/Hair/Scars
5 Ft 8 in
Fair / Grey /Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationMalta – 6 years 3 months
Served in the Turkish Contingent December 1855 – 4 August 1856
Length of Service21 years 58 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeGunner / 15th March 1859 / Woolwich Kent England
Campaign MedalsTurkish Crimea Medal
Intended Residence at
Discharge
Not given but lived at Plumstead Kent in October 1860
Pension Districts1859 Woolwich (transferred to Tilbury Fort)
1861-1862 Western Australia
1862-1871 South Australia
1871-1879 Victoria
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
10th November 1860 Portland Dorset England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
PALMERSTON 11th February 1861
Date/Place of Birth1819 St Martin’s Leicestershire England
Date/Place of Baptism22 June 1819 St Martin’s Anglican Church Leicester England (tentative)
Father
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother
Date/Place of Birth
Marriage
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
DONNELLY Ellen
1827 Ireland
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeFrederick B 1846 Malta
Catherine B 1849 Malta
Ellen B 1852 Royal Artillery (no place recorded)
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
DONNELLY Andrew
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Marriage
ROCHE Catherine
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Australia
None
Occupation after
Arrival
Convict Establishment: Employed as Assistant Warder from 21st February 1861 – 19th February 1862
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette and Independent Journal of Politics and News Friday 14th March 1862 – page 2
Departure from Western
Australia
8th March 1862 per “Strathallan” to South Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial1908 Melbourne Victoria (tentative)
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Wife
1904 aged 77 years Arat, (sic) Ararat(?) Victoria
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationDischarged after 21 years’ service: his conduct had been exemplary