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STRETCH – Charles 45th Regiment

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45th Regiment Nottinghamshire Sherwood Foresters
South Africa Medal
NameSTRETCH – Charles
Regiment (s)45th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 2829
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
3rd June 1846 / 17 years 2 months / Devizes Wiltshire England
Description – Height
5 Ft 11 in
Fresh / Hazel / Light Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationCape of Good Hope – 11 years 7 months
Length of Service13 years 351 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 19th March 1861 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsSouth Africa Medal for 3rd Kaffir War1850- 1853
Intended Residence at
Devizes Wiltshire England
Pension Districts1861 Trowbridge
1861 Salisbury
1864 Tilbury
1864-1865 Western Australia
1865-1867 South Australia
1868 Bengal
1869 Trowbridge
1870 Bath
Pension Paid9d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
30th January 1864 Portland
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
CLARA 13th April 1864
Date/Place of Birthc1829 St. John Devizes Wiltshire England
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
c1791 Wiltshire England
Date/Place of Birth
c1800 Wiltshire England
c1822 Wiltshire England
SiblingsHenry B c1823 Wiltshire England
Sarah B c1824 Wiltshire England
Joseph B c1825 Wiltshire England
James B c1827 Wiltshire England
Ellen B c1834 Wiltshire England
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
UNKNOWN Elizabeth
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeHenry
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesInquirer and Commercial News Wednesday 30th August 1865 page 2 Harriet Hope passenger list
Adelaide Observer Saturday 11 August 1866 page 4 charged with having no visible means of support
Adelaide Observer Saturday 12th January 1867 page 1 Felony charge -acquitted
Departure from Western
23rd August 1865 to South Australia per “Harriet Hope” with Elizabeth and Henry
1868 to India then England
Date/Place of Death/Burial6th December 1874 Bath England
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further Information1841 Census HO 107/1189/1/36/21
Charles is living with his parents and siblings at Woodriffe Court Devizes Wiltshire
British Army Worldwide Index
1851 Charles Stretch 2829 Private 45th Regt location King William Town, East London, Cape of Good Hope
Another entry for the same man said location Natal
1861 Charles Stretch 2829 Private location Aldershot
Discharge due to lameness caused by amputation of his second toe left foot.
During the voyage of the Clara Mrs Stretch was ordered off the poop for beating her child with a closed hand she was also cautioned for the use of bad language and disobeying orders when she was one of the four women who refused to go below when the decks were being cleanedCharles Stretch was admitted to the Royal Adelaide Hospital twice in 1867. The first time on 9th April 1867 he said he was age 44, a SINGLE man, Protestant, abode Port Adelaide, labourer born Wiltshire England and had arrive in the colony 2 years previous on the Clara.
The second time on 8th June 1867 he gave the same information except he had been in the Colony for 2 years and 3 months. He still said he was a single man.
1871 Census RG10/1883/43/9
Charles Stretch is a married boarder at the home of Charles Palmer and his family at 25 Wellington Street Swindon Wiltshire.