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TOWERS / TORVEIS – Peter Royal Marines Chatham Division 73rd Company

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Royal Marines 1854 Britains Sea Soldiers Vol 1 by Cyril Field
Regiment (s)Royal Marines Chatham Division 73rd Company
Regiment Number (s) 2444
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
8th October 1828 / 19 years / Edinburgh Scotland
Description – Height
5 Ft 6 ¼ in
Fair /Blue /Fair / None stated
Overseas Service/DurationNot yet known
Length of Service7 years 8 months 3 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 1836 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNot yet known
Intended Residence at
Not stated
Pension Districts1850 Chatham
1850-1866 Western Australia
Pension Paid£6/0/0 per annum
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
4th March 1850 Portsmouth England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
SCINDIAN 1st June 1850
Date/Place of Birthc1809 Edinburgh Midlothian Scotland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
ROBERTS Mary Ann (widow)
Not yet known
Date/Place of Marriage20th January 1834 Holy Trinity Queensborough Kent England
Children by 1st WifeNot yet known
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 ArticlesPerth Gazette 14th June 1850
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial1866 Perth Western Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1871 age 75 Perth WA
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationDischarge due to rupture
Peter Towers was a last minute addition to the Guard replacing Henry Hearn
After the arrival of the Scindian at Fremantle Captain Henderson wrote a report listing the rank name, trade or calling, rate of pension, date of enlistment for 5 months service, marital status, and number of children for each pensioner. Sometimes the trade of calling differed from that recorded at the time of attestation:
Private Peter Towers, shoemaker, £6, 31st January, married
Pioneer Death Index spells surname as TORVEIS although original registrations on microfiche spell surname as TOWERS
21st December 1869 Mrs Towers wrote to the Governor requesting outdoor relief as life in the Home did not suit her. It was felt it was to her advantage she remain in the Home