PERSONAL DETAILSWilliam STAPLES
Birth date and placec. 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-WAFramework Knitter.
Physical DescriptionHeight: 5 ft. 8 ins. Complexion: fair. Eyes: grey. Hair: brown.
Marriage date and placec. 1845 Ireland?
SpouseEllen DONNELLY.
ChildrenFrederick b. 1845, Malta.
Catherine b. 1849, Malta.
Ellen b.1852, unknown place.
(see sidebar for birth registrations).
Death date and place1908 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 place17 Jan 1838 Leicester, Leicestershire.
Service/CampaignsMalta 6 years 3 months.
Crimea (if in Turkish Contingent).
Musters1841 Buncrana, Ireland, 8th Bn. 3rd Co. [WO10-1822].
1851 Woolwich, 8th Bn. 3rd Co. [WO10-2055].
PromotionsPossibly Junior Sergeant in Turkish Contingent.
Medals, Clasps and BadgesTurkish Crimea Medal [WO100-34-333 & 334].
Four Good Conduct Badges.
Long Service & Good Conduct Medal (£5 gratuity).
Casualty/MedicalNone.
Regimental Courts MartialNone.
District Courts MartialNone.
General Courts MartialNone.
Discharge date and place15 Mar 1859 Woolwich.
Length of Service21 years 58 days.
Chelsea Pension ReferenceWO97/1350/214.
Post Discharge ResidenceNot stated.
Post Discharge Pension DistrictLeicester, Woolwich (1859). South Australia (1862-1870). Victoria (1876-1878).
Pension Amount1/- per diem.
ARRIVAL AND LIFE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
ShipPalmerston.
Departure and Arrival10 Nov 1860 Portland; 11 Feb 1861 Fremantle.
Status/OccupationAssistant Warder.
Land Grant/PurchaseNone in Western Australia.
SubscriptionsNone.
Misc. Newspaper ArticlesInquirer & 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.