PERSONAL DETAILSWilliam McDONALD
Birth date and placec. 1821 Marylebone, London, Middlesex, England.
Baptism date and place30 Mar 1823 Parish of St Marylebone, Middlesex (v. tentative).
Civil Census ResidencesSee Muster 1841 below.
Ashton Barracks, Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire (1851).
Occupations pre-WALabourer.
Physical DescriptionHeight: 5 ft. 4¾ ins. Complexion: fresh. Eyes: blue. Hair: brown.
Marriage date and place1854 Q1, Preston, Lancashire.
SpouseElizabeth Greaves PEDDER.
ChildrenElizabeth 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 place11 Jun 1863 Fremantle, Western Australia.
Cause of Death: Self-inflicted gun shot wound.
Burial date and placeJune 1863 Skinner Street Cemetery, Fremantle.
Will and ProbateNone.
Death Notices and ObituariesPerth Gazette 19 Jun 1863.
ARMED FORCES
Regiment(s)50th (The Queen’s Own) Regiment.
Regiment No. and Rank#1441 Private.
Attestation date and place31 Mar 1840 London, Middlesex.
Service/CampaignsIndia 6 years 11 months.
Ceylon 3 years 7 months.
Crimea 1 year 2 months.
Musters1841 Detachment en route from Sydney, NSW to India.
Promotions & ReductionsPrivate to Corporal 1 Dec 1855.
Corporal to Private 7 Sep 1859.
Medals, Clasps and BadgesBronze 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/MedicalWounded 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 MartialTried 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 MartialNone.
General Courts MartialNone.
Discharge date and place25 Jun 1861.
Length of Service21 years 59 days.
Chelsea Pension ReferenceWO97/1545/127.
Post Discharge Residence89 High Street, Preston, Lancashire.
Pension DistrictPreston (1861). Bermuda (1862).
Pension Amount11d. per diem.
ARRIVAL AND LIFE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
ShipMerchantman. 
Departure and Arrival12 Oct 1862 London; 14 Feb 1863 Fremantle. Via Bermuda.
Status/OccupationEnrolled Pensioner Force.
Land Grant/PurchaseNone.
SubscriptionsNone.
State Government RecordsCSR Vol. 524 folios 24-26.
Correspondence relating to Mrs McDonald (widow) and admission to Poor House.
Departure from WANot applicable.