PERSONAL DETAILS Benjamin CASTLEDINE
Birth date and place 20 Apr 1822 (or 1824) Leicester, Leicestershire, England.
Baptism date and place 5 May 1824 St Margaret’s, Leicester, Leicestershire.
Civil Census Residences Bedford Street, Leicester, Leicestershire, England (1841).
Occupations pre-WA Carpenter.
Instructor of Field Works at Chatham Military Academy (1852).
Instructor of Field Works to Cadets at Sandhurst Military College (1853).
Physical Description Height: 5 ft. 8¾ ins. Complexion: sallow. Eyes: grey. Hair: dark brown.
Marriage date and place 13 Mar 1848 Fort Beaufort, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Spouse Charlotte Sarah GOLD (widow of George TAIT) d. 1915 Northam, Western Australia.
Children
Source: ancestry.com public trees.
Helen 1849 Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
George Edward 1850 (d.1852), Fort Beaufort, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Charles Edward 1854, Chatham, Kent.
Kate Charlotte 1857, Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa.
Arthur James 1862, Fort Beaufort, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Death date and place 12 May 1907 Sanford Road, Albany, Western Australia.
Burial date and place 14 May 1907 Memorial Park, Albany. Anglican Section, Grave 0625, Row 7.
Will and Probate None.
Death Notices and Obituaries Albany Advertiser 15 May 1907.
West Australian 22 May 1907.
Western Mail 25 & 27 May 1907.
ARMED FORCES
Regiment(s) Royal Engineers (formerly Sappers & Miners).
Regiment No. and Rank #775 Private.
Attestation date and place 2 Nov 1843 Woolwich, Kent.
Service/Campaigns
Extracts re Castledine in History of the Royal Sappers and Miners, Vol. II,
T W J Connolly 1857. Pages 58-60; 293; 403; 410-412; 444.
Cape of Good Hope 12 years 7 months.
Crimea 1 year 7 months.
Mauritius 1 year 5 months.
New Zealand until 1864.
Musters 1851 9th Company RSM, King Williams Town, South Africa [WO11-124].
1861 25th Company RSM, King Williams Town, Cape of Good Hope [WO11-192].
Promotions Private to 2nd Corporal 1 Dec 1847.
2nd Corporal to Corporal 1 Jul 1849.
Corporal to Sergeant 23 Feb 1854.
Sergeant to Colour Sergeant 1 Sep 1855.
Medals, Clasps and Badges South Africa Medal (2nd & 3rd Kaffir Wars).
Baltic Medal. [Castledine makes claim to the award, but is not named on the Medal Roll].
Crimea War Medal clasp Sebastopol. Turkish Crimea Medal.
Long Service & Good Conduct Medal. (Gratuity £15).
Other Awards & Prizes
Source: Connolly, Appendix VII p.547.
From the Governor of the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. A case of mathematical instruments, for “intelligence, zeal, and uniform good conduct in charge of the detachment employed in the fieldwork instruction at the college”.
Casualty/Medical Wounded in the head by a rifle ball in the trenches before Sevastopol on 24th August 1855. No Court of Enquiry was filed.
Regimental Courts Martial None.
District Courts Martial None.
General Courts Martial None.
Discharge date and place 30 May 1864 Auckland, New Zealand.
Length of Service 21 years 28 days.
Chelsea Pension Reference WO97/1359/206.
Post Discharge Residence Auckland, New Zealand.
Post Discharge Pension District Auckland (1865). Sydney (Oct 1868). Melbourne (c.1876). Adelaide (Apr 1879). Western Australia (1884).
Pension Amount 2/- per diem.
ARRIVAL AND LIFE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Ship South Australian.
Departure and Arrival 11 Mar 1884 Adelaide; 18 Mar 1884 Fremantle.
Status/Occupation Supervisor of private and public building works.  Click here for a Summary.
Land Grant/Purchase
Misc. Newspaper Articles
(Shipping)
South Australian Register 12 Mar 1884.
West Australian 20 Mar 1884.