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WELLS – Alexander Royal Artillery 4th Battalion

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Royal Artillery Badge
South Africa Medal
NameWELLS – Alexander
Regiment (s)Royal Artillery 4th Battalion
Regiment Number (s) None given
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
16th January 1836 / 18 years / Hadlow Kent England
Description – Height
5 Ft 8¼ in
Dark / Hazel / Dark Brown / Nil
Overseas Service/DurationCape of Good Hope – 8 years 238 days
Length of Service15 years 83 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeGunner and Driver / 8th April 1851 / Woolwich Kent England
Campaign MedalsSouth Africa Medal (Kaffir War 1846-47)
Intended Residence at
None recorded
Pension Districts1854 Brighton
1856 Woolwich
1857 Western Australia
Pension Paid7d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
19th March 1857 London England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
CLARA 3rd July 1857
Date/Place of Birth1817 Tonbridge Kent
Date/Place of Baptism12th October 1817 St Mary’s Leigh Tonbridge Kent England
Date/Place of Birth
WELLS Thomas
14th February 1766 Leigh Kent England
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Not yet known
SiblingsElizabeth Bp 1 December 1811 Leigh Kent England
Thomas B 21st February 1812 Leigh Kent England
Sarah B 10th July 1814 Leigh Kent England
John B 28th January 1816 Leigh Kent England
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
GOLDING Caroline Emily Minnor
B 26th July 1829 Kent England (from Bi-Centennial Dictionary)
Date/Place of Marriage5th July 1851 All Saints Tudeley Kent England (from Bi-Centennial Dictionary)
Children by 1st WifeMartha B 1855 Woolwich Kent England
M HOULAHAN John 21st January 1872 Geraldton Western Australia
D 22nd June 1936 Fremantle (while residing at Leederville)
B Not yet known: name included on Welcome Wall at Fremantle: may have been born in England prior to the Clara voyage (from Bi-Centennial Dictionary)
Alfred John Claris B 21st March 1857 aboard the Clara during the voyage to Western Australia
bap 9th August 1857 St Georges Cathedral Perth Western Australia
M DOUST Sarah Jane 1877 Toodyay Western Australia
M UNKNOWN Jessie Rachael – possible  common law marriage in that Susan Wells did not die until 1941
D 1937 Toodyay Western Australia
Amelia Ann B 17th July 1858 Fremantle Western Australia
M BARBER George 1874 Fremantle Western Australia
D died 26th June 1931 Perth WA , registered as “Amy Barber”
Ellen B 6th October 1859 Glengarry Station (near Geraldton Western Australia
M HUTCHINGS Alfred 1879 Toodyay Western Australia
D 27th December 1937 Toodyay Western Australia
Emily B 22 August 1862 Toodyay Western Australia
bap 28th September 1862 St Georges Anglican Church Perth
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
2nd Husband of WifeWETHERALL Esau (widower and expiree)
Date/Place of Marriage3rd May 1864 Perth Western Australia
Children by 2nd HusbandStillborn male in 1865
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Newspaper ArticlesThe West Australian Thursday 6 July 1905 page 1 Funeral Notice Caroline Weatherall (sic)
the West Australian Saturday 24th July 1937 page 1 Death of ‘Claris Allan Alfred Wells’
West Australian 23rd June 1936 page 1 Death of Martha Houlahan
The West Australian Tuesday 28th December 1937 page 1 Death Notice Ellen Hutchings
Farm Weekly 9th October 2008 page 39
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial30th June 1863 Champion Bay (Geraldton) Western Australia
Geraldton Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
5th July 1905 38 Tuckfield Street Fremantle
Anglican Section Fremantle Cemetery Western Australia
Will or ProbateNone known: Alfred John Claris (son) will is available
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 Alexander Wells Gunner & Driver 4th Bn RA 5th Company location Cape of Good Hope
1851 As above location Woolwich
Discharge due to varicose veins in both legs
On the birth entries for Ellen and Emily the mother name is given as Dowling.
Alexander Wells has a Welcome Wall Panel at the WA Maritime Museum at Victoria Quay. It lists his original occupation as Armed Services and his occupation in Australia as Farmer