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Royal Artillery Badge
Turkish Crimea Medal
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
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
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 BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
STAPLES William Frederick
B Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
c 1827 Ireland
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeFrederick B 1846 Malta
Catherine B 1849 Malta
M STAPLES Michael 1882 Victoria
D 1891 Bendigo Victoria
Bur Bendigo Public Cemetery
Ellen B 1852 Royal Artillery (no place recorded)
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
ROCHE Catherine
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
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
8th March 1862 per “Strathallan” to South Australia with wife and 3 children
Date/Place of Death/Burial1908 age 88 South Melbourne Victoria (tentative)
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1904 aged 77 years Arat, (sic) Ararat(?) Victoria
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationDischarge after 21 years’ service, his conduct had been exemplary.
British Army Worldwide index
1841 William Shaw, Gunner & Driver, 8th Battalion RA 3rd Company, remarks at Dunnee, Location Buncrana, Country Great Britain, WO10/18221851 William Shaw, Gunner & Driver, RA 8th Battalion, 3rd Company, Location Woolwich WO10/2055
1851 Census HO107/1588/307/page 44
20 Artillery Place, Woolwich St. Mary, Greenwich, London, Kent
William Staples, Head, M, age 31, Army Artillery Gunner, Born Leicester town
Ellen Staples, wife, 26, born Ireland
Frederick Staples, son, 5, born Malta
Cathrine (sic) Staples, daughter, 2, born Malta
AJCP reel 773 Piece 116 part 2 page 709On 6th October 1860 prior to embarkation William Staples wrote a petition to ‘The Minister of the Colonial Department’ stating he had served in the royal Regiment of Artillery upwards of 21 years and was discharged from the invalid Artillery in March 1859 with an exemplary character. As he was under orders to proceed to Western Australia as a convict guard he requested an appointment as a convict keeper, in the police or any other appropriate position as he had a wife and three children to support.
Accompanying the petition was a copy of a testimonial from Thomas Thompson, Commissary Field Train in charge of the depot.
Turkish Contingent, Constantinople 4 August 1856
Sergeant Conductor William Staples has been serving under my orders at this depot since December 1855 and has been during that time in charge of the floating powder magazine medium.
He has been very attentive to his duty and correct in his accounts and I consider him a steady, deserving man. He leaves the station owing to the disembodiment of the Turkish Contingent.
The petition found favour with the Colonial Office and it was forwarded to the Governor of Western Australia supporting the proposition.
Subsequently he was appointed Assistant Warder, Convict Establishment, 21 February 1861.  

Catherine Staples is buried in the Bendigo Public Cemetery Plot MON 67 Grave 10334, also in the grave is her son Frank Staples who died 2nd June 1887 age 3 months and her daughter Violet Staples who died 5th April 1892 age 8 months.