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30th Regiment Cambridgshire Crest
Geraldton Cemetery – Apex Pioneers
Land Grant
Land Grant 2
NameSTOKES – William
Regiment (s)30th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 463
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
4th October 1824 / 15 years / Scunderbad East Indies
Description – Height
5 Ft 8 in
Fresh / Blue / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 1 year 8 months
Length of Service21 years 49 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 28th November 1848 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Jersey Channel Islands
Pension Districts1848 Channel Islands
1849 Birmingham
1849 Falkland Islands
1857 1st Liverpool
1857 Londonderry
1861-1881 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
Increased to 1/3d per diem for 8 years 6 months service to Enrolled Force Western Australia
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 Birth1809 Lewisham Kent England
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
UNKNOWN Caroline
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
O’NEIL Ellen
c1819 Not yet known
Date/Place of Marriage11th July 1838 Sunderland Durham England
Children by 1st Wife


Sarah B 4th July 1839 Belfast Antrim Ireland
D 1840 aged 7 months Newry Ireland
William B 21st April 1841 Innisfallen Kerry Ireland.
D Limerick aged 4 years
John B 7th January 1843 Galway Galway Ireland
D 4th December 1871 Western Australia
bur Urch Street Cemetery Geraldton Western Australia
Ellen B 6th June 1844 Loughrea Galway Ireland
D 1849 Birmingham Warwickshire England
Louisa B 23rd March 1848 Sunderland Durham England
M GIBSON Frederick 1864 Geraldton Western Australia
D 18th September 1901 age 53 Western Australia
bur Urch Street Cemetery Western Australia
Henry B 11th June 1850 Falkland Islands
M FLETCHER Maria Cecilia 14th February 1874 Perth Western Australia
D 11th July 1927 Perth Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
James B 22nd September 1852 Falkland Islands
M McMULLEN Mary Ann 18th May 1877 Western Australia
D 17th July 1927 Geraldton Western Australia
bur Urch Street Cemetery now Apex Park Geraldton Western Australia
Evalina B 25th March 1854 Falkland Islands
D 17th May 1854 Falkland Islands
Elizabeth B 22nd November 1856 Port Stanley Falkland Islands
M BERINGER Edmund August 1896 Geraldton Western Australia
D 28th September 1952 Geraldton Western Australia
bur Methodist Section Utakarra Cemetery Geraldton Western Australia
Mary B 28th October 1859 Londonderry Ireland
M ARUNDEL Edward Geraldton Western Australia
D 29th April 1921 West Perth Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Thomas B 5th July 1865 Greenough Western Australia
M BAKER Jane 1888 Geraldton Western Australia
D 1st March 1930 Bunbury Western Australia
bur Methodist Section Bunbury Cemetery Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
O’NEIL James
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Granted Greenough Lots G3 and G4
both of 10 acres
Occupation after
In the Falklands he was described as a gun maker.
In his son James’ obituary it said he was an armourer.
Farmer at Greenough
Newspaper ArticlesSunday Times Sunday 8th May 1921 – page 1
West Australian Wednesday 13th July 1927 – page 1
Geraldton Guardian (WA: 1906-1928) Tuesday 19th July 1927 – page 2
Sunday Times Sunday 9th March 1930 – page 1
Geraldton Guardian (WA: 1929-1947) Thursday 20th June 1940 – page 2
Geraldton Guardian (WA: 1948-1950) Tuesday 21st November 1950 – page 5
The West Australian 1st October 1952 – page 27
Sunday Times Sunday 16 June 1912 page 22
Death of a Prince Imperial – Perth Man’s recollections. (Edward Arundel, husband of Mary Stokes, recounts events during the Zulu Wars)
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial16th May 1881 Geraldton Western Australia
Urch Street Cemetery now Apex Park Geraldton Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
18th November 1878 Geraldton Western Australia
Urch Street Cemetery now Apex Park Geraldton Western Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 William Stokes, 463, Private, 30th Regt, depot, Location Enniskillen & Mullingar. WO12/4604In 1847 thirty married Chelsea Pensioners went to the Falkland Island with thirty kit houses to form a permanent garrison and Police force. They were offered similar terms for the Enrolled Guard coming to WA. However in 1857 disillusioned with their inability to provide adequately for their families William and Ellen Stokes together with another 6 of the remaining pensioners returned to the UK at the Government’s expense.
Much of the information regarding the BMDs of the Stokes children is sourced from FH Broomhall’s “Veterans” pp B266 & 267, family Bible of Mr A. Armstrong.