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PERSONAL DETAILSJoseph DYER
Birth date and placec.1828-1830 Rayne. Braintree, Essex, England.
Baptism date and place
Civil Census ResidencesBroomfield, Chelmsford, Essex (1841).
Police Station, 4 York Road, Lambeth, Surrey (1851).
Station Inn, Station Road, Reigate, Surrey (1881).
Occupations in EnglandHostler 6 Jun 1841.
#26175 Police Constable, London Metropolitan Police: Joined 25 Sep 1848,  resigned 22 Aug 1854 [MEPO4/334/144].
Licenced Victualler c.1876-1884.
Physical DescriptionHeight: 5 ft. 9 ins.
Marriage date and place5 Feb 1856 St Mary’s at Lambeth, Surrey, England.
SpouseElizabeth WILLIAMS.
ChildrenNone.
Death date and place4 Sep 1884 Station Road, Reigate, Surrey, England.
Burial date and place
Will and ProbateProved 10 Oct 1884 Probate Principal Registry.
Personal Estate £626 18s. 10d.
Death Notices and Obituaries
ARMED FORCES
Regiment(s) or CorpsMounted Staff Corps.
In August 1854 a Mounted Staff Corps, comprised four officers and 56 other ranks from the Police Constabulary of Ireland, with some recruited from the Metropolitan Police, was established to prevent the theft of supplies and to maintain discipline in camps. This ‘Corps’ was disbanded with the cessation of hostilities.
Regiment No. and Rank#25 Private.
Attestation date and place21 Aug 1854.
Service/CampaignsCrimea.
Musters
PromotionsPrivate to Corporal 1855.
Medals, Clasps and BadgesCrimea War Medal clasps Sebastopol.  Turkish Crimea Medal.
Casualty/MedicalNone.
Regimental Courts MartialNone.
District Courts MartialNone.
General Courts MartialNone.
Discharge date and place1856 date unknown.
Length of ServiceApprox. 2 years.
Chelsea Pension ReferenceNone.
Post Discharge ResidenceLambeth, Surrey.
Post Pension DistrictNot applicable.
Pension AmountNot applicable.
ARRIVAL AND LIFE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
ShipTravancore. 
Departure and Arrival23 Jan 1857 London; 29 Apr 1857 Fremantle.
Status/Occupation28 Aug 1856 nominated by the London Metropolitan Police to serve in the Western Australian Police along with five other men. A Colonial Office despatch stated his conduct in the Crimea had been exemplary and that ‘he is a very intelligent man’.
Service in the Western Australia Police
29 Apr 1857 Constable.
1 Jul 1861 Sergeant.
1 Jan 1870 Sub-Inspector.
Served in Perth, the Avon Valley, Fremantle, the Vasse (Busselton), Champion Bay (Geraldton), Wellington (Bunbury) Districts.
Ended his career as Officer-in-Charge of both Bunbury and Busselton.
9 Jan 1876 Resigned.
Land Grant/PurchaseNone.
SubscriptionsGreenough Fire Fund 1864.
Misc. Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette 1 May 1857 (arrival).
Herald 8 Jan 1870 (promotion to Sub-Inspector).
Inquirer & Commercial News 26 Jan 1876 (departed).
Court appearances as a police witness were widely reported in the newspapers throughout his career and are too numerous to list.
Departure from WAZephyr 16 Jan 1876 for London.