|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).
|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.|
|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|
|Departure and Arrival||12 Oct 1862 London; 14 Feb 1863 Fremantle. Via Bermuda.|
|Status/Occupation||Enrolled Pensioner Force.|
|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.|