PERSONAL DETAILS William McDONALD
Birth date and place c. 1821 Marylebone, London, Middlesex, England.
Baptism date and place 30 Mar 1823 Parish of St Marylebone, Middlesex (v. tentative).
Civil Census Residences See Muster 1841 below.
Ashton Barracks, Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire (1851).
Occupations pre-WA Labourer.
Physical Description Height: 5 ft. 4¾ ins. Complexion: fresh. Eyes: blue. Hair: brown.
Marriage date and place 1854 Q1, Preston, Lancashire.
Spouse Elizabeth Greaves PEDDER.
Children Elizabeth b. 1854, Preston, Lancashire (newspaper obituary. No record of birth found).
Mary Ann b. 1860 (d. May 1863, Western Australia). No record of birth found.
Margaret b. 1862 ? No record of birth found.
Born outside of Australia, accompanied parents on voyage [Ships’ Journal].
Death date and place 11 Jun 1863 Fremantle, Western Australia.
Cause of Death: Self-inflicted gun shot wound.
Burial date and place June 1863 Skinner Street Cemetery, Fremantle.
Will and Probate None.
Death Notices and Obituaries Perth Gazette 19 Jun 1863.
ARMED FORCES
Regiment(s) 50th (The Queen’s Own) Regiment.
Regiment No. and Rank #1441 Private.
Attestation date and place 31 Mar 1840 London, Middlesex.
Service/Campaigns India 6 years 11 months.
Ceylon 3 years 7 months.
Crimea 1 year 2 months.
Musters 1841 Detachment en route from Sydney, NSW to India.
Promotions & Reductions Private to Corporal 1 Dec 1855.
Corporal to Private 7 Sep 1859.
Medals, Clasps and Badges Bronze Gwalior Star 1843.
Sutlej Medal (Moodkee) clasps Ferozeshuhur, Aliwal, Sobraon.
Crimea War Medal clasps Alma, Inkermann, Sebastopol.  Turkish Crimea Medal.
Three Good Conduct Badges.
Casualty/Medical Wounded at Moodkee [L/MIL/5/70 Sutlej Medal Roll].
Sent home from Crimean War 24 Jul 1855 – no injury recorded [WO100-30-385 Crimea Medal Roll].
Regimental Courts Martial Tried by a Regimental Court Martial at Fort William on 20 Nov 1847 for “Habitual Drunkenness”. Sentenced 40 days imprisonment and loss of 1d. a day three calendar months. Imprisoned before and after trial 21 Nov to 17 Dec 1847.
Tried and in arrest for Drunk on Duty 6 Sep 1859. Reduced to Private.
District Courts Martial None.
General Courts Martial None.
Discharge date and place 25 Jun 1861.
Length of Service 21 years 59 days.
Chelsea Pension Reference WO97/1545/127.
Post Discharge Residence 89 High Street, Preston, Lancashire.
Pension District Preston (1861). Bermuda (1862).
Pension Amount 11d. per diem.
ARRIVAL AND LIFE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Ship Merchantman. 
Departure and Arrival 12 Oct 1862 London; 14 Feb 1863 Fremantle. Via Bermuda.
Status/Occupation Enrolled Pensioner Force.
Land Grant/Purchase None.
Subscriptions None.
State Government Records CSR Vol. 524 folios 24-26.
Correspondence relating to Mrs McDonald (widow) and admission to Poor House.
Departure from WA Not applicable.