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THOMPSON – William HEIC Bengal Artillery 2nd Battalion

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NameTHOMPSON – William
Regiment (s)Honourable East India Company Bengal Artillery 2nd Battalion
Regiment Number (s) Discharge no 119
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
1st July 1828 / 19 years / London England
Description – Height
5 Ft 10 in
Fresh / Blue / Sandy / Two fingers left hand “smashed in Khyber Pass”
Overseas Service/DurationIndia – To India Lady Melville 6th January 1829
From India Sutlej August 1851
Length of Service22 years 1 month
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeGunner / 8th August 1851 /  Not stated
Campaign MedalsNot yet known
Intended Residence at
Mount Charles West Sligo Ireland
Pension Districts1851 2nd Dublin
1853 – 1856 Western Australia (Fremantle)
1857 Calcutta
Pension Paid1 /4d per diem (Pension No 119)
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
2nd February 1853 Portsmouth England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
PYRENEES 30th April 1853
Date/Place of Birthc1809 Ballyshannon Donegal  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
HEYDEN Anne father Patrick HEYDEN
c1833 possibly Carlow Ireland
Date/Place of Marriage6th March 1852 St Mark Dublin Ireland
Children by 1st WifeCatherine b 23rd March 1853 on board the Pyrenees (birth not recorded by surgeon but apparently by the religious Instructor Catherine Bowyer Wright Thompson)
Bp 13th May 1853 Fremantle WA (mother Hyden)
Leticia b 1st September 1855 Fremantle WA (mother Headon)
Bp 1st September 1855 Fremantle WA
D 8th November 1855
Bur St Patricks Skinner Street Cemetery Fremantle WA
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
24th June 1854 Appointed to police without sanction of Commanding Officer
Newspaper ArticlesNone known
Departure from WesternLate in 1856 ship unknown
Date/Place of Death/BurialSeveral possible deaths in India
26th December 1856 and 14th November 1862
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Bur1st September 1855 St Patrick’s Skinner street Cemetery Fremantle WA
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationDischarge due to two fingers of his left hand being smashed in the Khyber Pass
Surgeon’s Journal Pyrenees Sick list:
January 2nd 1853 William Thompson age 45 treated for phlegmon aboard the Pyrenees.
February 3rd Mrs Thompson age 19 was treated for constipation
Charged with military offences in 1853-54 (Drunkenness and resisting arrest)
There is an Anna Thompson buried St Patrick’s Skinner street Cemetery born and baptised 2nd October 1855 a month after Leticia’s birth.
Pension paid Fremantle to 31st December 1856. The pension department in India was instructed to mark a stoppage of £7/17/10 for his wife’s passage to Australia; however there is no record of him actually being paid in Bengal although he is named on the pension list.