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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
1860-1872 Victoria (Struck Off)
Pension Paid7d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
3rd May 1852 Plymouth, England
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 WifeJames B 1841 Lewisham, Kent, England
M ROBINSON Maria 1864 Victoria
D 4th May 1914 Ballarat, Victoria
Bur Old Ballarat Cemetery
Mary B 4th Qtr 1844 Charlton, Lancashire England
Julia B c1848 Edinburgh, Scotland
M SAYLE Thomas 1867
D 27th January 1918 Sandringham Victoria
Bur Old Ballarat Cemetery
Sarah B c1849 Edinburgh, Scotland
M EVANS Griffith 1870
D 30th October 1911 Ballarat, Victoria
Bur Old Ballarat Cemetery
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 1797 Falmouth Cornwall England
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesThe Ballarat Star Monday 22nd February 1875 page 2 death Sarah Augusta
The Ballarat Courier Wednesday 6th May 1914 Death James WatsonThe Ballarat Star Monday 28th January 1918 page 4 Death and funeral notice Julia Sayle
The Ballarat Star Thursday 2nd November 1911 page 1 Obituary Sarah Evans
Departure from Western
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Date/Place of Death/Burial1870 Ballarat Victoria/1st May 1870 Old Ballarat Cemetery
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1875 Ballarat Victoria/23rd February 1875 Old Ballarat Cemetery
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationDischarge due to a cough and difficulty breathing (Asthma) and alleged defective sight of right eye
1841 Census James Watson, age 30, born Scotland, is living in No 67 Soldiers cottages Charlton Lewisham London and Kent with his wife Augusta age 22, not born in County and infant son James who was 1 month of age and born in County.
In the 1851 Census James, age 40 born Glasgow is working as a hosier, with his wife Sarah age 31, and children James age 9 born England, Julia age 3 and Sarah age 2 both born Edinburgh. The address is 14 Raeburn Place St. Cuthbert’s Midlothian.
Left Colony without permission
Cost of passage of £60 was repaid from his pension between 31st October 1852 and 20th June 1858
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)
Old Ballarat Cemetery commemorates the deaths of James and Sarah Augusta as well as son James and his wife Maria and their son James. Both Julia Sayle and Sarah Evans were also buried at the cemetery.