PERSONAL DETAILSSamuel OATEN
Birth date and place16 Feb 1829 Pitminster, Somerset, England.
Baptism date and place
Civil Census Residences
England, Wales & Scotland
Luxhay Cottage, Pitminster, Taunton, Somerset (1841).
Winchester Barracks, St Thomas, Winchester, Hampshire (1851).
Pitminster, Taunton, Somerset (1861).
New Street, Blackrod, Wigan, Lancashire (1871).
Occupations pre-WAMason.
Physical DescriptionHeight: 5 ft. 5½ ins. Complexion: fair. Eyes: hazel. Hair: light brown.
Marriage date and place19 Jul 1860 St Andrew & St Mary’s Church, Pitminster, Somerset. See sidebar.
SpouseEliza GIBBONS.
ChildrenElizabeth Ann b. 1864, Pitminster, Somerset.
John b. 1865, Clifton, Gloucestershire.
William b. 1868, Wigan, Lancashire.
Death date and place25 May 1898, Fremantle, Western Australia.
Burial date and place25 May 1898, Skinner Street Cemetery, Fremantle, Western Australia.
Will and ProbateNone.
Death Notices and ObituariesWest Australian 25 May 1898.
ARMED FORCES
Regiment(s)13th (Prince Albert’s Light Infantry) Regiment.
Regiment No. and Rank#2395 Private.
Attestation date and place16 Feb 1846 Taunton, Somerset (aged 17 years).
Service/CampaignsGibraltar 4 years 3 months.
Turkey & Crimea 1 year.
Cape of Good Hope 1 year 4 months.
MustersWO11-3068 Stirling,Scotland & Manchester (Q1 1851).
PromotionsNone.
Medals, Clasps and BadgesCrimea War Medal clasp Sebastopol.  Turkish Crimea Medal.
One Good Conduct Badge.
Casualty/MedicalThis man’s vision is impaired from Ophthalmia. No further history of his case is furnished.
Unfit for further services in consequence of chronic ophthalmia both eyes [July 5th 1858].
Chronic opacity and vascularity of both cornea of a passive character affecting more especially the left eye [Dr Maclachlan 6/6/60].
Regimental Courts MartialNone.
District Courts MartialNone.
General Courts MartialNone.
Discharge date and place10 Aug 1858 Chatham.
Length of Service11 years 177 days.
Chelsea Pension ReferenceWO97/1431/16.
Post Discharge ResidenceTaunton, Somerset.
Post Discharge Pension DistrictTaunton (1858). Bristol (1864).
Pension Amount7d. per diem, conditional for three years.
9d. per diem conditional for one year reviewed in 1861, 1862, 1863. Permanent 1864.
Increased to 11½d. per diem on 18 Jan 1881 for service EPF.
ARRIVAL AND LIFE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
ShipNaval Brigade. 
Departure and Arrival31 Oct 1873 Woolwich; 19 Feb 1874 Fremantle.
Status/OccupationEnrolled Pensioner Force.
Land Grant/Purchase15 Oct 1875 Lot S31 Fremantle, 5 acres (purchase).
10 Nov 1884 Lot S32 Fremantle, 5 acres (grant).
22 Nov 1890 Sale of Lot S32 with 2-room cottage, lime-kiln etc. advertised in West Australian.
SubscriptionsNone.
Misc. Newspaper Articles
Departure from WANot applicable.