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PERSONAL DETAILSWilliam THISTLE
Birth date and place c.1835.
Baptism date and place
Civil Census Residences
Occupations pre-WA Bricklayer.
Physical Description Height: 5’71/2″. Hair: light brown. Eyes: grey. Face: oval. Complexion: fresh. Build; middling stout. Distinguishing marks: very deeply pock-marked.
Marriage date and place Single.
Spouse None.
Children None.
Death date and place 01 March 1864, Geraldton, Western Australia.
Burial date and place Geraldton (Victoria District).
Will and Probate None.
Death Notices and Obituaries Inquirer and Commercial News 06 April 1864.
ARMED FORCES
Regiment(s) 11th (Prince Albert’s Own) Hussars.
Regiment No. and Rank #1680 Private.
Attestation date and place 09 June 1854 Newbridge, Kildare, Ireland.
Service/Campaigns Crimea.
Musters
Promotions None.
Medals, Clasps and BadgesCrimea War medal clasp Sebastopol. Turkish Crimea Medal.
No Good Conduct Badges.
Casualty/Medical
Regimental Courts Martial
District Courts Martial
General Courts Martial 09 June 1856, Sevastopol.
Discharge date and place June 1856, Sevastopol.
Length of Service
Chelsea Pension Reference None.
Post Discharge Residence Guard Tent (17 days).  On board ship (28 days).
Post Discharge Pension District Not applicable.
Pension Amount Not applicable.
CONVICTIONS (convicts only)
Civil Court
CrimeUnnatural conduct with a Turk.
Trial 09 June 1856 Camp Sevastopol.
Sentence To be hanged. Commuted to transportation for life.
Prison and Register #Millbank, 19 July 1856, #3060 (10 months 1 day).
Portland, 20 May 1857, #7072.
WA Convict # 4594.
WA Ticket of Leave05 July 1861.
WA Certificate of Freedom None.
WA Conditional Pardon None.
ARRIVAL AND LIFE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
ShipNile.
Departure and Arrival23 Sep1857 Plymouth; 01 Jan 1858 Fremantle.
Status/OccupationConvict.
Bricklayer, Champion Bay.
Land Grant/Purchase
Subscriptions
Misc. Newspaper Articles
Departure from WA Not applicable.