PERSONAL DETAILSWilliam BARR
Birth date and place10 Mar 1828 Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland.
Baptism date and place
Civil Census Residences
England, Wales & Scotland
Buccleugh Street, Greenock, Refrewshire (1841). (tentative)
Occupations pre-WACarder.
Physical DescriptionHeight: 5 ft. 9¹/8 ins. Complexion: fresh. Eyes: grey. Hair: fair.
Marriage date and place
Spouse
Children
Death date and place14 Sep 1882 Waldron’s Lodging House, Fremantle, Western Australia.
Inquest 15 Sep 1882. Before J G Slade, Resident Magistrate and Coroner.
Verdict: Overdose of laudenum illegally administered. Mr [Frederick] Scanlon guilty of manslaughter.
Cause of Death: Overdose of laudenum [opium].
Burial date and place
Will and Probate
Death Notices and InquestHerald 16 Sep 1882 – Inquest.
Daily News 16 Sep 1882 – Inquest.
West Australian 18 Sep 1882 – Inquest.
Inquirer & Commercial News 11 Oct 1882 – Trial of Frederick Scanlon, found not guilty of manslaughter.
ARMED FORCES
Regiment(s)71st (Highland Light Infantry) Regiment. 3 Nov 1864 transferred to
42nd (The Royal Highland) Regiment.
Regiment No. and Rank#2310 Private (under-age).
#1351 Private.
Attestation date and place10 Feb 1845 Glasgow, Lanark.
Service/CampaignsWest Indies 1 year.
Corfu 1 year 10 months.
Crimea 1 year 4 months.
Malta 1 year 7 months.
East Indies 8 years 8 months.
Musters1851 Dublin, Ireland [WO12/7890].
1861 Sealcote, East Indies [WO12-7902].
Promotions & ReductionsPrivate to Corporal 4 May 1848.
Corporal to Private 1 Jul 1848.
Private to Corporal 27 Oct 1860.
Corporal to Sergeant 2 Jul 1862.
Sergeant to Private 6 Jun 1863.
Medals, Clasps and BadgesCrimea War Medal clasp Sebastopol. Turkish Crimea Medal.
Indian Mutiny Medal clasp Central India.
Four Good Conduct Badges.
Casualty/MedicalNo wounds. General Debility.
Long continuous and foreign service. Present state of health good and seems capable of contributing towards earning his livelihood as other men of this age usualy are. Peshewar 19 Oct 1866 and Netley 13 May 1867.
Regimental Courts Martial1. Absent without Leave. 18-20 Jun 1848. In confinement 21-30 Jun 1848. Reduced Rank.
2. In confinement 2 Mar – 25 Apr 1852.
3. In arrest 4 – 5 Jun 1863. Reduced Rank.
28 times entered in Regimental Defaulters Book.
District Courts MartialNone.
General Courts MartialNone.
Discharge date and place4 Jun 1867 Netley.
Length of Service21 years 18 days.
Chelsea Pension ReferenceWO97/1519/14.
Post Discharge ResidenceGlasgow.
Post Discharge Pension District1st Glasgow (1867). Paisley (Dec 1867) 1st Glasgow (1869). Paisley (1872). Greenwich (1873).
Perth, WA (1874). Fremantle, WA (30 Jun 1874).
Pension Amount1/- per diem.
ARRIVAL AND LIFE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
ShipNaval Brigade.
Departure and Arrival31 Oct 1873 Woolwich; 19 Feb 1874 Fremantle.
Status/OccupationEnrolled Pensioner Force.
Land Grant/PurchaseNone.
SubscriptionsNone.
Misc. Newspaper ArticlesSee Inquest and Trial in newspapers above.