|PERSONAL DETAILS||William PURTILL
Name variations: Purtil, Purtell, Partill, Purtein.
|Birth date and place||c. 1827 Trough, Limerick, Clare, Ireland.|
|Baptism date and place|
|Civil Census Residences
England, Wales & Scotland
|Physical Description||Height: 5 ft. 8 ins. Complexion: pale. Eyes: grey. Hair: light brown.|
|Marriage date and place||30 Oct 1855 St John’s Church, Limerick City, Limerick, Ireland.|
|Children||Catherine b. 1856, LImerick, Clare, Ireland.
*Mary Sultana b. 1859, at sea on board Sultana en route from England to Western Australia.
Ellen b. 1861, Guildford, Western Australia.
Bridget b. 1862 (d.1863), Guildford, Western Australia.
Bridget b. 1864 (d.1864), York, Western Australia (twin).
Margaret or Helen b. 1864 (d.1864) ,York, Western Australia (twin).
Sarah Ann b. 1865, York, Western Australia.
William Patrick b. 1866, Fremantle, Western Australia.
Charlotte b. 1868, Busselton, Western Australia.
Frederick Aloysius b. 1871, Vasse, Western Australia.
*Account of the murder of Mary McGann (nee Purtill).
John Duffy was found guilty and hanged on 23 Jan 1885 at Perth Gaol, the oldest man hanged in Western Australia [Purdue:33].
|Death date and place||26 Mar 1874 Stirling Street, Perth, Western Australia.|
|Burial date and place||March 1874 East Perth Cemetery, Western Australia.|
|Will and Probate||None.|
|Death Notices and Obituaries|
|Regiment(s)||21st Royal North British Fuzileers. 1 Nov 1847 transferred to
32nd (Cornwall) Regiment.
Ambulance Corps (post Army discharge).
|Regiment No. and Rank||#2272 (21st), #3181 (32nd), #338 (Ambulance Corps) Private.|
|Attestation date and place||31 Mar 1845 Limerick, Limerick.|
|Service/Campaigns||East Indies 3 years 10 month.
Crimea (post discharge) 18 months.
|Musters||1851 Jalandhar, Punjab [WO12-4767].|
|Medals, Clasps and Badges||Punjab Medal clasp Mooltan.
One Good Conduct Badge.
Crimea War Medal clasp Inkermann. Turkish Crimea Medal.
|Casualty/Medical||Wounded before Mooltan on 27 Dec 1848. Invalided on 13 Sep 1850 and sent to England on 1 Feb 1851 [Punjab Medal Roll WO100-13-228].
On the 27th December 1848, this man was wounded by a ball which entering about the centre of the Deltoid Muscles of the right arm, was eventually cut out half way down on the outside of the arm. Severe inflammation with abscesses preceded the healing of the wound, which was long delayed. Portions of bone came away on various occasions. Rheumatic pains have at different times attacked the arm and shoulder. There is want of power and shrinking of the arm. There does not seem any prospect of this man ever being able to perform his duties. Vice or misconduct do not seem to have aggravated the injuries. His conduct when in hospital has been good.
Likely to be permanently disqualified for military duty [Chatham July 5 1851].
|Regimental Courts Martial||None.|
|District Courts Martial||None.|
|General Courts Martial||None.|
|Discharge date and place||22 Jul 1851 Chatham.|
|Length of Service||6 years 114 days, plus Ambulance Corps time in the Crimean War.|
|Chelsea Pension Reference||WO97/508/75.|
|Post Discharge Residence||Limerick.|
|Post Discharge Pension District||Limerick.|
|Pension Amount||10d. per diem.|
|ARRIVAL AND LIFE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA|
|Departure and Arrival||29 May 1859 Plymouth; 19 Aug 1859 Fremantle.|
|Status/Occupation||Assistant Warder Oct 1859 to 26 Mar 1874 [Barker pp.173-174].|
|Land Grant/Purchase||None in Western Australia.|
|Misc. Newspaper Articles|
|Departure from WA||Not applicable.|