PERSONAL DETAILSWilliam FALL aka William EMPSON
Birth date and placec. 1837 Aldborough, Yorkshire North Riding, England.
Baptism date and place15 Oct 1837 Aldborough Parish Church, Yorkshire.
Civil Census ResidencesAldborough, Knaresborough, Yorkshire (1841).
Spring Gardens, Aldborough, Yorkshire (1851).
Occupations pre-WAButcher.
Labourer.
Physical DescriptionHeight: 5 ft. 10 ins. Complexion: fresh. Eyes: hazel. Hair: brown. Face: oval. Build: stout.
Distinguishing Marks: Outline of form of a woman and bracelet crown anchor and G.B.F. left arm, double headed eagle ditto crucifix and thistle right arm, ship in full sail breast.
Marriage date and placeSingle.
SpouseNone.
ChildrenNone.
Death date and place27 Feb 1905 Parkside Lunatic Asylum, Adelaide, South Australia.
Cause of Death: senile decay and melancholic exhaustion.
Burial date and place4 Mar 1905 West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia.
Pauper’s Grave. Section – Road 5 Extension, Row – Church of England, Site – 1.
Will and ProbateNone.
Death Notices and Obituaries
ARMED FORCES
Regiment(s)6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons.
69th (South Lincolnshire) Regiment.
Regiment No. and Rank#1265 Private.
Attestation date and place16 Dec 1853.
Marked absent from 20 May 1855. Struck off as deserter 20 Jul 1855. [Dutton & Crider].
21 Nov 1857  (re-enlistment in 69th Regiment, £2 bounty) as William Empson.
Service/CampaignsCrimea.
Musters
PromotionsNone.
Medals, Clasps and BadgesCrimea War Medal clasps Balaklava, Inkermann [WO100-24-234 & 257]. Not on Medal Roll for Sebastopol clasp.
Casualty/MedicalNone.
Regimental Courts MartialTried 21 Dec 1854 Balaclava. Breaking out of hospital and making away with necessaries.
Sentenced to 25 lashes and placed under stoppages.
District Courts Martial
General Courts Martial10 Mar 1858 Shorncliffe Barracks. Charges:
1. for having deserted from his regiment while before the enemy in Crimea.
2. for having fraudulently obtained a sum of £2, or thereabouts,and a free kit, by enlisting into Her Majesty’s 69th Regiment, he being then a deserter from Her Majesty’s 6th Dragoons.
[sourced from newspaper reports – click here – courtesy of Glenn Fisher].
CrimeDesertion.
CommittalFermoy, Ireland.
Sentence8 years penal servitude.
Prison and Register #Preston Barracks, Brighton 3 months 19 days.
Shorncliffe Barracks 3 months.
9 Jun 1858 Millbank Prison 6 months 5 days, #7300 [PCom2-41].
14 Dec 1858 Portland Prison #8663 [Pcom2-387].
3 Nov 1860 Convict ship Palmerston.
11 Feb 1861 Fremantle Prison #5854.
Newspaper Articles UKSussex Advertiser & Surrey Gazette 3 Mar 1858,
Kentish Gazette 16 Mar 1858.
North British Mail – date unknown and repeated in a dozen other British newspapers.
List of Veronege deserters 8 Sep 1855.
Pall Mall Gazette 25 Oct 1899.
ARRIVAL AND LIFE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
ShipPalmerston. 
Departure and Arrival10 Nov 1860 Portland; 11 Feb 1861 Fremantle.
Status/OccupationConvict.
Labourer.
WA Convict #5854.
WA Ticket of Leave30 Sep 1861.
WA Conditional Pardon10 Oct 1864.
WA Certificate of Freedom23 Aug 1866.
Land Grant/PurchaseNone in Western Australia.
Misc. Newspaper ArticlesInquirer & Commercial News 10 Nov 1875.
South Australian Police Gazette 1 Mar 1876.
The Advertiser 7 Dec 1904.
The Register 7 Dec 1904.
Ship
Departure from WA
Chalgrove.
8 Nov 1875 Fremantle to Lacepede Bay, South Australia.