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THOMPSON – Robert Royal Artillery 2nd Battalion Depot Brigade

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Royal Artillery Badge
Land Grant
NameTHOMPSON – Robert
Regiment (s)Royal Artillery 2nd Battalion Depot Brigade
Regiment Number (s) 21716
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
14th May 1846 / 17 years 10 months / Lisburn Armagh Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 9½ in
Fair / Grey / Light Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationCanada – 5 years 3 months
Crimea – 10 months
Gibraltar – not stated
Length of Service21 years 81 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeSergeant / 13th September 1867 / Woolwich Kent England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Swansea Glamorganshire South Wales
Pension Districts1867 Cardiff
1873 Greenwich
1874-1883 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/1½d per diem
1868 Increased to 1/8d per diem from date pension commenced
1887 Increased to 1/10½d per diem for service Enrolled Force
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
1st November 1873 Gravesend England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
NAVAL BRIGADE 18th February 1874
Date/Place of BirthMay 1828 Dromore Down Ireland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
B 1838
Date/Place of Marriage29th September 1858 St Mary Portsea Hampshire England
Children by 1st WifeRobert James B 1861 Woolwich Kent England
D 4th May 1932 Hollywood WA
Bur Karrakatta Cemetery (Anglican)
William John B c1867 Gibraltar
D 2nd January 1874 at sea aboard Naval Brigade
Arthur B 1869 Glamorgan Wales
D 14th November 1905 Davies road Claremont age 37 years
Bur East Perth Cemetery
Alice Mary B 1871 Swansea Glamorgan Wales
Bp St Mary Glamorgan Wales
Single woman 1927 Step mother’s Funeral notice)
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
CAMPBELL John (Royal Artillery)
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
2nd Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
EFFORD Elizabeth Ann daughter of EPG Samuel Efford
c1847 Gilbraltar
Date/Place of Marriage1875 Fremantle Western Australia
Children by 2nd WifeElizabeth Margaret B 1876 Fremantle Western Australia
William Henry B 1878 Fremantle Western Australia
Edith Lucy B 1880
M TAPPER Arthur J 1909 Claremont WA
D 8th December 1950 Claremont WA
Alice Maud Ethel B 1882 Fremantle Western Australia
D 23rd December 1910 Claremont Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Land Grants Western
North Fremantle Lot P48 of 1 acre 2 roods 15 perches
2nd April 1883 Title application
24th August 1883 Grant of Deed issued Title 5/1473
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesThe Herald (Fremantle WA) Saturday 10th November 1883 page 2 Death of Robert Thompson
The Daily News Monday 19th September 1927 page 12 Funeral Notice Elizabeth Thompson
The West Australian Friday 6th May 1932 Page 14 Obituary Robert James
Western Mail (Perth WA) Thursday 23rd June 1921 Page 37 Old Time Memories
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial31 Oct 1883 Convict Prison Guard Room Fremantle
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1st Wife
1875 age 38 (Fremantle) Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
2nd Wife
19th September 1927 Claremont Western Australia
Anglican Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Will or ProbateSROWA Cons 3458 1883/020 Elizabeth Ann Thompson applied for letters of Administration for the estate of her late husband Robert Thompson. She did not believe the value of said estate to be more than one hundred pounds
Further Information1871 Census RG10/5456/112/39 25 Catherine Street Swansea
Robert Thompson Head M age 41 Chelsea Pensioner Staff officer in Militia Artillery Born Ireland
Eliza Thompson Wife M age 33 Born Jersey
Robert James Thompson Son age 10 Scholar born Woolwich Kent
Wm John Thompson Son age 4 Born Gibraltar
Arthur Thompson Son age 2 born Glamorgan Swansea
Alice Mary Daughter age 2 months born Glamorgan Swansea
November 1880 Robert Thompson was on the Nominal roll for the Enrolled guard, he was living in Barracks with his wife and 6 children. Although he was discharged as a sergeant he was employed as a Lance Corporal in the Guard.
Robert Thompson gave evidence at the inquiry into the escape of 2 prisoners from the Convict establishment 21st April 1880.
1st July to 30th September he was employed at the Fremantle magazine.
Robert Thompson died 31st October 1883 at 11pm in the Convict prison guard room. He was buried on 2nd November with Military honours