PERSONAL DETAILS William WILSON
Birth date and place 19 Oct 1832 Rye, Sussex, England.
Baptism date and place 26 Oct 1832 St Mary the Virgin Church, Rye, Sussex.
Civil Census Residences
England, Wales & Scotland
Middle Street, Rye, Sussex (1841).
Barracks, Dover Castle, St James, Dover, Kent (1851).
Occupations pre-WA Labourer.
Physical Description Height: 5 ft. 6¾ ins. Complexion: fresh. Eyes: grey. Hair: brown.
Marriage date and place 1875 Fremantle, Western Australia.
Spouse Bridget HARTIGAN (widow of Charles Ware/Weir).
Children
Death date and place 30 Apr 1881 Perth, Western Australia.
Cause of Death: Heart disease.
Burial date and place 1 May 1881 East Perth  Cemetery, Western Australia.
Will and Probate None.
Death Notices and Obituaries
ARMED FORCES
Regiment(s) 1st Battalion, Rifle Brigade.  1 Mar 1854 transferred to
2nd Battalion, Rifle Brigade.
Regiment No. and Rank #3738 Private.
Attestation date and place 4 Jul 1849 Westminster, Middlesex.
Service/Campaigns The East (Crimea) 1 year 11 months.
Musters
Promotions Private to Corporal 18 Mar 1856.
Medals, Clasps and Badges Crimea War Medal clasp Sebastopol.  Turkish Crimea Medal.
Note: Some medal roll pages are badly damaged and Wilson’s service papers do not mention
the Cimean War Medals or clasps. 2nd Battalion, Rifle Brigade was engaged at Alma,
Inkermann and Sebastopol; engagement at Sebastopol (at least) is assured as Wilson is recorded on the casualty roll at Redan.
Casualty/Medical Casualty Roll: Slight Wound. Final Attack on the Redan. 08 September 1855.
Disability – Gunshot wound of the left shoulder received on the 8th September 1855 at the attack on the Redan. There is stiffness of the shoulder joint and the arm is weak. It has not been aggravated by vice or misconduct.
Unfit for further service having received gun shot wound of Thorax with injury to the Parietes [Chatham 18 Nov 1856].
Regimental Courts Martial None.
District Courts Martial 29 Jul 1851 Deserted.
Tried for Desertion & Disgraceful Conduct. Convicted and Sentenced to six months imprisonment with hard labour.
To be marked with the letter D and to forfeiture of all advantages as to Good Conduct Pay or Pension on Discharge which may accrue from future service.
Imprisonment 29 Jul 1851 to 31 Jan 1852.
General Courts Martial None.
Discharge date and place 9 Dec 1856 Chatham.
Length of Service 2 years 284 days.
Chelsea Pension Reference WO97/1697/175.
Post Discharge Residence Not stated.
Post Discharge Pension District Deptford  (1856).
Pension Amount 8d. per diem. Increased to 1/- per diem on 18 Jan 1881 for service EPF.
Patriotic Fund.
ARRIVAL AND LIFE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Ship Sultana.
Departure and Arrival 29 May 1859 Plymouth; 19 Aug 1859 Fremantle.
Status/Occupation Enrolled Pensioner Force.
Assistant Warder, Fremantle Prison 1868 to 1878.
Land Grant/Purchase 3 Jan 1866 Perth Town Lot N112 (purchase).
Subscriptions Greenough Fire Fund 1864.
Misc. Newspaper Articles Herald 7 May 1881.
West Australian 10 May 1881.
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Departure from WA Not applicable.