|PERSONAL DETAILS||William BEWSHER|
|Birth date and place||c. 1819, Lymington, Hampshire, England.|
|Baptism date and place|
|Civil Census Residences||See Muster below (1841, 1851).|
72 Pembroke Street, Stoke Damerel, Devon (1861).
|Physical Description||Height: 5 ft. 7½ ins. Complexion: fair. Eyes: grey. Hair: light.|
|Marriage date and place|
|Spouse||Eleanor (Elenore, Elinor) SOMERS (Summers).|
|Children||Frederick 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 place||24 Aug 1900, Bunbury, Western Australia.|
|Burial date and place||25 Aug 1900, St Mark’s Church and Picton Cemetery, Picton, Western Australia.|
|Will and Probate||Will: 12 Jun 1880. Probate: 13 Sep 1900, Supreme Court of Western Australia.|
|Death Notices and Obituaries||Bunbury Herald 23 & 25 Aug 1900.|
|Regiment(s)||57th West Middlesex Regiment. 1 Jul 1837 transferred|
20th East Devonshire Regiment.
|Regiment No. and Rank||#1264 Private.|
|Attestation date and place||9 Mar 1837 Bow Street, Middlesex, England.|
|Service/Campaigns||Bermuda 5 years 190 days.|
North America 6 years 56 days.
Crimea 1 years 310 days.
East Indies 314 days.
|Musters||1841 Limerick, Ireland [WO12-3710].|
1851 Montreal, Canada [WO12-3724].
|Promotions||Private 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 Badges||Crimea War Medal clasps Alma, Balaklava, Inkermann, Sebastopol. Turkish Crimea Medal.|
Indian Mutiny Medal clasp Lucknow.
Four Good Conduct Badges.
|Casualty/Medical||Suffered 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 Martial||Tried: 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 Martial||Tried: 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 place||19 Apr 1859 Chatham.|
|Length of Service||21 years 276 days.|
|Chelsea Pension Reference||WO97/1456/37.|
|Post Discharge Residence||Not stated.|
|Post Discharge Pension District||2nd Plymouth (1859). Western Australia (1863).|
|Pension Amount||1/1½ per diem.|
|ARRIVAL AND LIFE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA|
|Departure and Arrival||15 Mar 1863 Portland; 29 May 1863 Fremantle.|
|Status/Occupation||Enrolled Pensioner Force.|
|Land Grant/Purchase||No. 55, Loc. 26 Leschenault. Two acres. (Purchased).|
|Subscriptions||Greenough Relief Fund 1864.|
Pensioners Benevolent Fund 1869.
|Misc. Newspaper Articles|