PERSONAL DETAILSWilliam BEWSHER
Birth date and placec. 1819, Lymington, Hampshire, England.
Baptism date and place
Civil Census ResidencesSee Muster below (1841, 1851).
72 Pembroke Street, Stoke Damerel, Devon (1861).
Occupations pre-WASawyer.
Physical DescriptionHeight: 5 ft. 7½ ins. Complexion: fair. Eyes: grey. Hair: light.
Marriage date and place
SpouseEleanor (Elenore, Elinor) SOMERS (Summers).
ChildrenFrederick George b. 1850, Canada.
Elizabeth b. 1852, Canada.
William Henry b. 1858, Plymouth, Devon.
Edward Thomas b. 1860, Devonport, Devon.
Harriet Martha b. 1862, Stoke Damerel, Devon.
Arthur John b. 1868, Bunbury, Western Australia.
Death date and place24 Aug 1900, Bunbury, Western Australia.
Burial date and place25 Aug 1900, St Mark’s Church and Picton Cemetery, Picton, Western Australia.
Will and ProbateWill: 12 Jun 1880. Probate: 13 Sep 1900, Supreme Court of Western Australia.
[Cons 3403-1900-090].
Death Notices and ObituariesBunbury Herald 23 & 25 Aug 1900.
ARMED FORCES
Regiment(s)57th West Middlesex Regiment. 1 Jul 1837 transferred
20th East Devonshire Regiment.
Regiment No. and Rank#1264 Private.
Attestation date and place9 Mar 1837 Bow Street, Middlesex, England.
Service/CampaignsBermuda 5 years 190 days.
North America 6 years 56 days.
Crimea 1 years 310 days.
East Indies 314 days.
Musters1841 Limerick, Ireland [WO12-3710].
1851 Montreal, Canada [WO12-3724].
PromotionsPrivate to Corporal 16 Sep 1842.
Corporal to Private 12 May 1843 (reduction).
Private to Corporal 1 Jan 1845.
Corporal to Sergeant 16 Sep 1846.
Sergeant to Private 11 Jun 1848.
Private to Corporal 21 Apr 1858.
Medals, Clasps and BadgesCrimea War Medal clasps Alma, Balaklava, Inkermann, Sebastopol. Turkish Crimea Medal.
Indian Mutiny Medal clasp Lucknow.
Four Good Conduct Badges.
Casualty/MedicalSuffered severely both in Bermuda, the Crimea and Canada from rheumatism; he was slightly wounded at Lucknow in the back of the neck by a musket ball where he had also a severe attack of fever, followed by another attack of chronic rheumatism; he is worn out from long service and unfit for further duty as a soldier. Disability not aggravated by vice or intemperance. [Signed by Assistant Surgeon, 20th Regiment].
Regimental Courts MartialTried: 8 May 1843, Hamilton, Bermuda.
Drunk on regimental guard.
Sentence: Reduction in rank and pay to Private. Solitary confinement 20 days.
Tried: 15 Jun 1848. London C.W.
Breaking  out of barracks.
Sentence: Reduction in rank and pay to Private. Imprisonment 28 days hard labour.
District Courts MartialTried:  19 Feb 1840, Ashton under Lyne.
1. Desertion on or about 27 Dec 1839.
2. Wilfully made away with or lost through neglect articles of regimental necessaries.
Sentence: Solitary confinement 28 days. Stoppages in pay not exceeding 2/3 of pay.
General Courts Martial None.
Discharge date and place19 Apr 1859 Chatham.
Length of Service21 years 276 days.
Chelsea Pension ReferenceWO97/1456/37.
Post Discharge ResidenceNot stated.
Post Discharge Pension District2nd Plymouth (1859). Western Australia (1863).
Pension Amount1/1½ per diem.
ARRIVAL AND LIFE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
ShipClyde.
Departure and Arrival15 Mar 1863 Portland; 29 May 1863 Fremantle.
Status/OccupationEnrolled Pensioner Force.
Farmer.
Land Grant/PurchaseNo. 55, Loc. 26 Leschenault. Two acres. (Purchased).
SubscriptionsGreenough Relief Fund 1864.
Pensioners Benevolent Fund 1869.
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