PERSONAL DETAILS William RAWSON
Birth date and place 1826 South Wingfield, Alfreton, Derbyshire, England.
Baptism date and place 15 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-WA Coalminer (1841, 1861).
Labourer.
Physical Description Height: 5 ft. 10 ins. Complexion: fair. Eyes: dark. Hair: brown.
Marriage date and place 23 Dec 1863 Perth, Western Australia.
Spouse Catherine LEARY/O’Leary  (widow of Charles Predary).
Children Eleanor (Ellen) Johnstone b. 1861 Sheffield, Yorkshire.
Adopted child of Catherine Predary, widow – illegitimate?
Death date and place 18 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 place 17 Oct 1846 Chesterfield, Derby.
Service/Campaigns North America 2 years.
Turkey 4 months.
Crimea & Turkey 4 months.
Musters 1851 Quebec, Canada East [WO12-3627].
Promotions None.
Medals, Clasps and Badges Crimea War Medal clasp Alma.  Turkish Crimea Medal.
Two Good Conduct Badges.
Casualty/Medical Casualty 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 Martial None.
District Courts Martial None.
General Courts Martial None.
Discharge date and place 24 Mar 1857 Chatham.
Length of Service 10 years 159 days.
Chelsea Pension Reference WO97/1454/107.
Post Discharge Residence Wingate North, Derby.
Post Discharge Pension District Derby.
Pension Amount 8d. per diem.
Patriotic Fund. 
ARRIVAL AND LIFE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Ship Merchantman.
Departure and Arrival 12 Oct 1862 London; 14 Feb 1863 Fremantle. Via Bermuda.
Status/Occupation Enrolled Pensioner Force.
South Australian Railways (retired after an accident with £70 compensation).
Land Grant/Purchase None 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.
Subscriptions Greenough Fire Fund 1864.
Misc. Newspaper Articles Inquirer & 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.