PERSONAL DETAILSWilliam BLIGHT
Birth date and place5 or 6 Apr 1824 St German, Cornwall, England.
Baptism date and place18 Apr 1824 St German’s Parish Church, Cornwall, England.
Civil Census Residences
England, Wales & Scotland
Higher Treyone, St German, Cornwall (1841).
2 Chapel Lane, East Stonehouse, Devon (1851).
South Cottage, Shebbear Village, Shebbear, Torrington, Devon (1861).
Occupations pre-WALabourer.
Police Constable, Devon County Constabulary (c. 1858-1864).
Physical DescriptionHeight: 5 ft. 6¼ ins. Complexion: freckled. Eyes: blue. Hair: brown.
Marriage date and place1st: 5 Sep 1844 Parish Church, Stoke Damerel, Devon.
2nd: 19 Jan 1853 Parish Church, Stoke Damerel, Devon.
Spouse1st: Sarah ROWSE  d. 1852,
2nd: Elizabeth WILLIAMS.
Children1st Marriage:
Hannah b. 1845, Plymouth, Devon (d.1853).
Jane b. 1852, Plymouth, Devon (d.1853).
2nd Marriage:
Thomas b. 1853, Stonehouse, Plymouth, Devon.
Lawrence b. 1854, Stonehouse, Plymouth, Devon.
William b.1856, Stonehouse, Plymouth, Devon.
Frederick  b.1858, Exeter, Devon.
Alfred b. 1858, Exeter, Devon.
John b. 1860, Exeter, Devon.
Elizabeth Jane  b.1864, Plymouth, Devon.
Charles John b. 1867, Perth, Western Australia.
Note: Thomas, Lawrence, William, Frederick and Alfred baptised 8 Sep 1858,
John baptised 30 Apr 1860 at Heavitree Parish Church when the family resided at Wonford, Exeter.
Death date and place31 May 1905 Maylands, South Australia.
Burial date and place2 Jun 1905 Hindmarsh Cemetery, South Australia.
Will and Probate
Death Notices and ObituariesExpress & Telegraph 2 Jun 1905
Adelaide Observer 10 Jun 1905.
The Chronicle 10 Jun 1905
ARMED FORCES
ServiceRoyal Marines.
Regiment No. and Rank#51 & #8119 Private.
Attestation date and place5 Apr 1842 Plymouth, Devon.
ShipsVanguard 10 Feb – 9 Aug 1845.  6 months.
Constance 6 Aug 1846 – 4 Dec 1849. 3 years 4 months 2 days.
Great Tasmania 1855 (see sidebar for William Blight’s possible involvement in the Crimean War).
PromotionsNone.
Medals, Clasps and BadgesNone.
Casualty/MedicalLoss of eyes (?) [ADM6-317].
Regimental Courts MartialNone.
District Courts MartialNone.
General Courts MartialNone.
Discharge date and place14 Jun 1856 Plymouth.
Length of Service14 Years 2 months 9 days.
Afloat 3 years 10 months 2 days.
Ashore 10 years 4 months 7 days.
Attestation PapersADM157/151/78-79.
Greenwich PensionADM6-317.  £9 4s. per annum for life.
Post Discharge ResidenceExeter District.
Post Discharge Pension District1st Plymouth (Jun 1856). Exeter (Feb 1857). 1st Plymouth (Mar 1861).
Western Australia (1865). South Australia (1878).
Pension Amount£9 4s. per annum.
ARRIVAL AND LIFE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
ShipVimeira.
Departure and Arrival30 Sep 1865 Portland; 22 Dec 1865 Fremantle.
Status/OccupationEnrolled Pensioner Force.
Land Grant/PurchaseSee letter in sidebar  [SRO Cons Vol. 1496-0184-1899].
SubscriptionsNone.
Misc. Newspaper Articles
re Memorial Days
SA Advertiser 26 Jul 1897.
SA Advertiser 5 Nov 1898.
Departure from WAc. 1878 to South Australia.