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WHITTLE – William 71st Regiment

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71st Regiment Highland Light Infantry Colours
Emma – Perth Gazette and West Australian Times Friday 23 August 1867 page 3
NameWHITTLE – William
Regiment (s)71st Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 972
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
19th September 1836 / 18 years / Dublin Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 8¾ in
Fresh / Blue / Light Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationCanada – 5 years 6 months
West Indies – 1 year 8 months
Corfu – 2 years
Length of Service21 years 144 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 9th February 1858 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNot yet known
Intended Residence at
Brookeborough Fermanagh Ireland
Pension Districts1858 Enniskillen
1864 Tilbury
1864-1867 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
1st July 1864 Portland Dorset England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
MERCHANTMAN 12th September 1864
Date/Place of Birthc1818 Castlemacadam Rathdrum Wicklow Ireland
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
Did not marry
Date/Place of MarriageNot applicable
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette and West Australian Times 17th February 1865 page 2
Perth Gazette
 23rd August 1867
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/BurialDied 1867 Western Australia aboard Emma
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not applicable
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide index
1841 William Whittle 972 Private 71st foot location St. John’s Canada
1851 William Whittle 972 Private 71st foot location Dublin
Discharge: Unfit for further service due to lumbago and varicose veins left leg
The Surgeon Superintendent of the Merchantman said his conduct was ‘very good’. He was a single man. 


In February 1865 after the murder of Messrs Panter, Goldwyer and Harding by aborigines it was decided to send a party of five EPGs to Nichol Bay abord the Clarence Packet. The chosen men were reported as Isaac Davis, Edward Goodall, John Farrell, William Whittle  and a man named as Jarvice. The only EPG named Jarvis arrived in WA well after this date. EPGs Joseph Barr and Edward Radford went to Roebuck Bay aboard the Kestrel in September 1865. In 1867, these six EPGs and two others EPGs William Purvis and John Byrne perished aboard the Emma a schooner lost in a cyclone and wrecked off the coast of Coral Bay with the loss of all on board. The EMMA left Port Walcott (near Point Sampson), and the last recorded sighting was a Nichol Bay when the ship stopped there on 31 January 1867. The Emma was last heard from on 3rd March 1867 on departing Port Walcott Western Australia.


Thanks to David Senn of Albany for his research on the wreck of the Emma and Chris Hall’s 2001 article attached.