PERSONAL DETAILSWilliam RAWSON
Birth date and place1826 South Wingfield, Alfreton, Derbyshire, England.
Baptism date and place15 Oct 1826 St Lawence Church, Heanor, Derbyshire. Residence: Codnor.
Civil Census Residences
England, Wales & Scotland
Church Street, South Wingfield, Belper, Derbyshire (1841).
Oakerthorpe Road, South Wingfield, Belper, Derbyshire (1861).
See Muster below (1851).
Occupations pre-WACoalminer (1841, 1861).
Labourer.
Physical DescriptionHeight: 5 ft. 10 ins. Complexion: fair. Eyes: dark. Hair: brown.
Marriage date and place23 Dec 1863 Perth, Western Australia.
SpouseCatherine LEARY/O’Leary  (widow of Charles Predary).
ChildrenEleanor (Ellen) Johnstone b. 1861 Sheffield, Yorkshire.
Adopted child of Catherine Predary, widow – illegitimate?
Death date and place18 Feb 1908 Adelaide, South Australia.
Burial date and place
Will and Probate
Death Notices and Obituaries
ARMED FORCES
Regiment(s)19th (1st Yorkshire North Ryding) Regiment.
Regiment No. and Rank#2130 Private.
Attestation date and place17 Oct 1846 Chesterfield, Derby.
Service/CampaignsNorth America 2 years.
Turkey 4 months.
Crimea & Turkey 4 months.
Musters1851 Quebec, Canada East [WO12-3627].
PromotionsNone.
Medals, Clasps and BadgesCrimea War Medal clasp Alma.  Turkish Crimea Medal.
Two Good Conduct Badges.
Casualty/MedicalCasualty Roll: Wounded. Battle at the River Alma. 20 September 1854.
Unfit for the duties of a soldier in consquence of chronic enlargement of scrotum and weakness of left leg. The disease of scrotum is the result of a bruise when on duty in Turkey. The weakness of left leg is from a gun shot wound at the Battle of Alma.
Three circular cicatrices below left knee and one on calf left leg, also one on inner side right leg from abscesses [Chatham, Feby 26th 1857].
There is a record of correspondence for pay in arrears for 80 days at Scutari from 25 Sep to 14 Dec 1854 @ 8½d. per day. This may suggest he was hospitalised during this period.
Regimental Courts MartialNone.
District Courts MartialNone.
General Courts MartialNone.
Discharge date and place24 Mar 1857 Chatham.
Length of Service10 years 159 days.
Chelsea Pension ReferenceWO97/1454/107.
Post Discharge ResidenceWingate North, Derby.
Post Discharge Pension DistrictDerby.
Pension Amount8d. per diem.
Patriotic Fund. 
ARRIVAL AND LIFE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
ShipMerchantman.
Departure and Arrival12 Oct 1862 London; 14 Feb 1863 Fremantle. Via Bermuda.
Status/OccupationEnrolled Pensioner Force.
South Australian Railways (retired after an accident with £70 compensation).
Land Grant/PurchaseNone in Western Australia.
Three residential properties in Adelaide managed by wife: 245 Franklin Street, Waymouth Street and Grey Court.
Supreme Court action between Rawson and his step-daughter Ellen Norah Collins over the properties. Click here for information.
SubscriptionsGreenough Fire Fund 1864.
Misc. Newspaper ArticlesInquirer & Commercial News 10 Jan 1866.
Adelaide Express 29 Jan 1866.
SA Register 15 Aug 1905.
Ship
Departure from WA
Emily Smith.
Dep. Fremantle 6 Jan 1866; arr. Adelaide 27 Jan 1866.