PERSONAL DETAILS William BLIGHT
Birth date and place 5 or 6 Apr 1824 St German, Cornwall, England.
Baptism date and place 18 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-WA Labourer.
Police Constable, Devon County Constabulary (c. 1858-1864).
Physical Description Height: 5 ft. 6¼ ins. Complexion: freckled. Eyes: blue. Hair: brown.
Marriage date and place 1st: 5 Sep 1844 Parish Church, Stoke Damerel, Devon.
2nd: 19 Jan 1853 Parish Church, Stoke Damerel, Devon.
Spouse 1st: Sarah ROWSE  d. 1852,
2nd: Elizabeth WILLIAMS.
Children 1st Marriage:
Hannah 1845 (d.1853).
Jane 1852 (d.1853).
2nd Marriage:
Thomas 1853, Stonehouse, Plymouth, Devon.
Lawrence 1854, Stonehouse, Plymouth, Devon.
William 1856, Stonehouse, Plymouth, Devon.
Frederick 1858, Exeter, Devon.
Alfred 1858, Exeter, Devon.
John 1860, Exeter, Devon.
Elizabeth Jane 1864, Plymouth, Devon.
Charles John 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 place 31 May 1905 Maylands, South Australia.
Burial date and place 2 Jun 1905 Hindmarsh Cemetery, South Australia.
Will and Probate
Death Notices and Obituaries Express & Telegraph 2 Jun 1905
Adelaide Observer 10 Jun 1905.
The Chronicle 10 Jun 1905
ARMED FORCES
Service Royal Marines.
Regiment No. and Rank #51 Private.
Attestation date and place 5 Apr 1842 Plymouth, Devon.
Ships Vanguard 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).
Promotions None.
Medals, Clasps and Badges None.
Casualty/Medical Loss of eyes (?) [ADM6-317].
Regimental Courts Martial None.
District Courts Martial None.
General Courts Martial None.
Discharge date and place 14 Jun 1856 Plymouth.
Length of Service 14 Years 2 months 9 days.
Afloat 3 years 10 months 2 days.
Ashore 10 years 4 months 7 days.
Attestation Papers ADM157/151/78-79.
Greenwich Pension ADM6-317.  £9 4s. per annum for life.
Post Discharge Residence Exeter District.
Post Discharge Pension District Plymouth.
Pension Amount £9 4s. per annum.
ARRIVAL AND LIFE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Ship Vimeira.
Departure and Arrival 30 Sep 1865 Portland; 22 Dec 1865 Fremantle.
Status/Occupation Enrolled Pensioner Force.
Land Grant/Purchase See letter in sidebar  [SRO Cons Vol. 1496-0184-1899].
Subscriptions
Misc. Newspaper Articles
re Memorial Days
SA Advertiser 26 Jul 1897.
SA Advertiser 5 Nov 1898.
Departure from WA c. 1878 to South Australia.