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WATSON – James Royal Artillery 6th Battery

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Royal Artillery Badge
NameWatson – James
Regiment (s)Royal Artillery 6th Battalion
Regiment Number (s)
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
20th August 1830 / 19 years / Edinburgh Scotland
Framework Knitter
Description – Height
5 Ft 8½ in
Sallow / Grey / Dark Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationGibraltar – 9 years 5 months
Length of Service15 years 57 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeGunner and Driver / 14th October 1845 / Woolwich Kent England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Not Stated
Pension Districts1845 Edinburgh
1851 2nd Manchester
1852 2nd Glasgow
1852 Western Australia
1852 -1859 Tasmania
1858 Victoria
1860-1872 Victoria (Struck Off)
Pension Paid7d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
London England (Date not known)
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
WILLIAM JARDINE 1st August 1852
Date/Place of Birthc1811 St. John’s Glasgow Lanarkshire England
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
OSLER Sarah Augusta
1815 B Falmouth Cornwall England
Bp 22 November 1815 Falmouth Cornwall England
Date/Place of Marriage1840-1843 Gibraltar
Children by 1st WifeNot yet known
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
OSLER Benjamin
29th March 1775 Falmouth Cornwall England
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
9 April 1897 Falmouth Cornwall England
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesThe Ballarat Star Monday 22nd February 1875 page 2 death Sarah Augusta
Departure from Western
See further information
Date/Place of Death/Burial1870 Ballarat Victoria
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1875 Ballarat Victoria
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationDischarge due to a cough and difficulty breathing and alleged defective sight of right eye
Left Colony without permission
Cost of passage of £63 was repaid from his pension
From his WO22s it appears he left WA to Melbourne briefly (no pension paid) then went to Tasmania and was paid there was paid in Tasmania until 30 June 1858 then returned to Melbourne where he was paid September 1858 to April 1870 when he was struck off (NAA Roll B 2712 entry 390)