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EPF Disbanded 1887 EPG Gazette October 2011

Disbandment of EPG EPG_Gazette_2003_-_Vol_4-2__Apr

49th Regiment of Foot cap badge
61st South Gloucestershire Regiment
2nd China War Medal e.g. with Pekin & Taku Fort Clasps
Indian Mutiny Medal
Punjab Medal w Chilianwala and Goojerat Clasp
Land Grant
NameWATSON – Thomas
Regiment (s)49th Foot from 13th February 1840 to 30th June 1844
61st Foot from 1st July 1844 to 2nd July 1861
Regiment Number (s) 1392 – 49th Regiment
2378 – 61st Regiment
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
13th February 1840 / 23 years / Hertford Hertfordshire England
Description – Height
5 Ft 7 in
Sallow / Grey / Dark Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationChina – 1 year 6 months
East Indies –  13 Years 8 months
Length of Service21 years 24 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 2nd July 1861 / Pembroke Dock Wales
Campaign MedalsChina Campaign 1848-9
Indian Mutiny
Punjab with Chillianwallah and Goojerat Clasps
Intended Residence at
Welwyn Hertfordshire England
Pension Districts1861 2nd North London
1862 Cardiff
1862 Tilbury
1862-1893 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0d per diem Increased to 1/6 for service in the Enrolled Force 4 June 1878 reverted to 1/-. Increased 18 January 1881 to 1/6
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
8th October 1862  Portland England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
YORK  31st December 1862
Date/Place of Birth1816  Weston Baldock Herefordshire England
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
1824 Not yet known
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeHarry bap 9th July 1862 Tenby Pembrokeshire, Wales
Joseph bap 9th July 1862 Tenby Pembrokeshire, Wales
D March 1863 aged 9 months from Croup
Bur Skinner Street Cemetery 21st March 1863
B 1865 (deduced)
M  SMITH Ellen Margaret Hannah Louisa 1894 Perth Western Australia
D 14th July 1949 Claremont Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Alice Susannah  B 1866  Fremantle Western Australia
M  ROSE Gavin J 1883 Perth Western Australia
D  27th May 1922 Claremont Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
UNKNOWN Susannah
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
North Fremantle lot P64 of 2 acres (between Thompson and Bay Roads)
Assigned 11th Nov 1881
Occupation after
Temporary Assistant Warder 1879
Newspaper ArticlesInquirer Wednesday 25th May 1870 –  page 4 – Thomas Watson land forfeited by non-payment of balance of purchase money Perth Town Lot V75.
The Inquirer and Commercial News Wednesday 6th April 1887 –  Page 5 – in the list of EPG men when disbanded
The Daily News Saturday 29th April 1893 –  page 2 – death Thomas WATSON
West Australian – Monday 29th May 1922 – page 1 – death Alice Susannah ROSE
West Australian Tuesday 20th July 1948 –  page 1 – death of Benjamin WATSON
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial28th April 1893  Claremont Western Australia
East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
12th May 1899 Claremont Western Australia
Church of England Section East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further Information1851 British Army World Wide Index shows Thomas with the 61st at Peshawar Pakistan
1861 British Army World Wide Index shows Thomas with the 61st at Pembroke Dock
In the 1861 Census Private L (sic) Watson a single man born Western Hertford, is with his regiment at the Hut Barracks St. Mary’s Pembroke Dock, Wales
Discharge: Free at own request having served 21 years
AJCP – Reel 1663 piece 165 Despatches – January -June 1870 page 188 Appendix C – WATSON subscribed to the Pensioner Benefit Fund
1886 – SROWA – Cons 527/1886/2774: Resident Magistrate Williams requested that an aged man named Thos Watson about 62 suffering from general breakdown in health requires entry to the Depot.