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WHITTLE – William 71st Regiment

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71st Regiment Highland Light Infantry Colours
Died on wreck of EMMA – Perth Gazette 12 July 1867
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 at sea 12th July 1867 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.
On 16th February 1865 William was one of a detachment of five pensioners who were sent by the Clarence Packet to Roebuck Bay to assist in the search for the missing explorers Messrs Panter and Harding and Constable Goldwyer.
He was returning to Perth on the Emma 1867 when it was wrecked with a total loss of life near Dirk Hartog Island.(Perth Gazette 23rd August 1867 report) “12th July 1867 Corporal WHITTLE lost at sea in the SS Emma for Fremantle from Port Walcott with six other Enrolled Pensioners on 3 March 1867. Name taken from a correct copy of the Ship’s Manifest clearing from Roebourne.”