|PERSONAL DETAILS||William FALL aka William EMPSON|
|Birth date and place||c. 1837 Aldborough, Yorkshire North Riding, England.|
|Baptism date and place||15 Oct 1837 Aldborough Parish Church, Yorkshire.|
|Civil Census Residences||Aldborough, Knaresborough, Yorkshire (1841).|
Spring Gardens, Aldborough, Yorkshire (1851).
|Physical Description||Height: 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 place||Single.|
|Death date and place||27 Feb 1905 Parkside Lunatic Asylum, Adelaide, South Australia.|
Cause of Death: senile decay and melancholic exhaustion.
|Burial date and place||4 Mar 1905 West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia.|
Pauper’s Grave. Section – Road 5 Extension, Row – Church of England, Site – 1.
|Will and Probate||None.|
|Death Notices and Obituaries|
|Regiment(s)||6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons.|
69th (South Lincolnshire) Regiment.
|Regiment No. and Rank||#1265 Private.|
|Attestation date and place||16 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.
|Medals, Clasps and Badges||Crimea War Medal clasps Balaklava, Inkermann [WO100-24-234 & 257]. Not on Medal Roll for Sebastopol clasp.|
|Regimental Courts Martial||Tried 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 Martial||10 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].
|Sentence||8 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 UK||Sussex 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|
|Departure and Arrival||10 Nov 1860 Portland; 11 Feb 1861 Fremantle.|
|WA Convict #||5854.|
|WA Ticket of Leave||30 Sep 1861.|
|WA Conditional Pardon||10 Oct 1864.|
|WA Certificate of Freedom||23 Aug 1866.|
|Land Grant/Purchase||None in Western Australia.|
|Misc. Newspaper Articles||Inquirer & Commercial News 10 Nov 1875.|
South Australian Police Gazette 1 Mar 1876.
The Advertiser 7 Dec 1904.
The Register 7 Dec 1904.
Departure from WA
8 Nov 1875 Fremantle to Lacepede Bay, South Australia.