PERSONAL DETAILS William STAPLES
Birth date and place c. 1820 St Martin’s, Leicester, Leicestershire, England.
Baptism date and place
Civil Census Residences
England, Wales & Scotland
20 Artillery Place, Woolwich St Mary, London (1851).
See Musters below (1841, 1851).
Occupations pre-WA Framework Knitter.
Physical Description Height: 5 ft. 8 ins. Complexion: fair. Eyes: grey. Hair: brown.
Marriage date and place c. 1845 Ireland?
Spouse Ellen DONNELLY.
Children Frederick b. 1845, Malta.
Catherine b. 1849, Malta.
Ellen b.1852, unknown place.
(see sidebar for birth registrations).
Death date and place 1908 South Melbourne, Victoria.
Burial date and place
Will and Probate
Death Notices and Obituaries
ARMED FORCES
Regiment(s) Royal Artillery.
Turkish Contingent [Note: only source David J Barker – see sidebar].
Royal Artillery Invalid Detachment.
Regiment No. and Rank #965 Gunner.
Attestation date and place 17 Jan 1838 Leicester, Leicestershire.
Service/Campaigns Malta 6 years 3 months.
Crimea (if in Turkish Contingent).
Musters 1841 Buncrana, Ireland, 8th Bn. 3rd Co. [WO10-1822].
1851 Woolwich, 8th Bn. 3rd Co. [WO10-2055].
Promotions Possibly Junior Sergeant in Turkish Contingent.
Medals, Clasps and Badges Turkish Crimea Medal [WO100-34-333 & 334].
Four Good Conduct Badges.
Long Service & Good Conduct Medal (£5 gratuity).
Casualty/Medical None.
Regimental Courts Martial None.
District Courts Martial None.
General Courts Martial None.
Discharge date and place 15 Mar 1859 Woolwich.
Length of Service 21 years 58 days.
Chelsea Pension Reference WO97/1350/214.
Post Discharge Residence Not stated.
Post Discharge Pension District Leicester, Woolwich (1859). South Australia (1862-1870). Victoria (1876-1878).
Pension Amount 1/- per diem.
ARRIVAL AND LIFE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Ship Palmerston.
Departure and Arrival 10 Nov 1860 Portland; 11 Feb 1861 Fremantle.
Status/Occupation Assistant Warder.
Land Grant/Purchase None in Western Australia.
Subscriptions None.
Misc. Newspaper Articles Inquirer & Commercial News 12 Mar 1862.
Perth Gazette 12 Mar 1862.
SA Register 29 Mar 1862.
Ship
Departure from WA
Strathallan.
Dep. 8 Mar 1862 Fremantle; Arr. 25 Mar 1862 Adelaide.