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21st Regiment
NameWATTS – William
Regiment (s)21st Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 111
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
2nd March 1818 /  18 years / Brighton Sussex England
Description – Height
5 Ft 8¼ in
Dark / Hazel / Dark / None
Overseas Service/DurationWest Indies – 7 years 10 months
Length of Service29 years 198 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeSergeant /10th October 1843 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNot yet known
Intended Residence at
Bath Somerset England
Pension Districts1843 Leicester
1843 Bath
1845 Leicester
1848 Hull
1850-1851 Western Australia
1851 Van Diemen’s Land
1852 (absent without leave)
1859-1865 Bath Somerset England
1866-1875 Trowbridge Wiltshire England
Pension Paid2/2d per diem
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 Birthc1800 Saint Mary’s Leicester 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
Name not known
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
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 ArticlesThe Perth Gazette and Independent Journal of Politics and News Friday 14th March 1851 page 2 departure of the Lapwing
Departure from Western
Not known, possibly 22nd April 1851 Mr and Mrs Watt and Miss Ford sailed to Launceston per Fanny Fisher
Date/Place of Death/BurialNot yet known: England post-1875
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 William Watts 111 Sergeant Depot recruiting at Bath Chatham Kent
Discharge due to chronic rheumatism and dyspnoea
On the 2nd January 1849 William Watt (sic) was informed that he had very little chance of being considered for the Convict guard although he was fit and healthy at 49 years of age they preferred younger men. Despite this he was a last minute addition to the guard of the Scindian joining the ship 30th January 1850.
On 4th February 1850 William Watts applied for permission for his wife’s sister to accompany them on the voyage to Australia.
14th February 1850 Captain Tulloch gave permission but she would have to pay all her costs of getting to Tilbury and 6d per day would be deducted from his pension to defray the cost of rations for the voyage.
1st May 1850 William age 50 received medical treatment on board the Scindian
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:
Sergeant William Watts, warehouse man, 2/2, 30th January, married, 1 child
In 1851 William Watt wrote to Captain Bruce requesting a transfer to Van Diemen’s Land quoting WO instructions permitting pensioners to do so. The Governor approved the transfer subject to Captain Bruce’s approval.Family details not known