PERSONAL DETAILS William BEWSHER
Birth date and place c. 1819, Lymington, Hampshire, England.
Baptism date and place
Civil Census Residences See Muster below (1841).
72 Pembroke Street, Stoke Damerel, Devon (1861).
Occupations pre-WA Sawyer.
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 1850, Canada.
Elizabeth 1852, Canada.
William Henry 1858, Plymouth, Devon.
Edward Thomas 1860, Devonport, Devon.
Harriet Martha 1862, Stoke Damerel, Devon.
Arthur John 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.
[Cons 3403-1900-090].
Death Notices and Obituaries Bunbury Herald 23 & 25 Aug 1900.
ARMED FORCES
Regiment(s) 57th West Middlesex Regiment.
20th East Devonshire Regiment (transferred 1 Jul 1837).
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].
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 (reduction).
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. 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 Plymouth, Devon.
Pension Amount 1/1½ per diem.
ARRIVAL AND LIFE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Ship Clyde.
Departure and Arrival 15 Mar 1863 Portland; 29 May 1863 Fremantle.
Status/Occupation Enrolled Pensioner Force.
Farmer.
Land Grant/Purchase No. 55, Loc. 26 Leschenault. Two acres. (Purchased).
Subscriptions Greenough Relief Fund 1864.
Pensioners Benevolent Fund 1869.
Misc. Newspaper Articles
Departure from WA Not applicable.