PERSONAL DETAILSWilliam WILSON
Birth date and place19 Oct 1832 Rye, Sussex, England.
Baptism date and place26 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-WALabourer.
Physical DescriptionHeight: 5 ft. 6¾ ins. Complexion: fresh. Eyes: grey. Hair: brown.
Marriage date and place1875 Fremantle, Western Australia.
SpouseBridget HARTIGAN (widow of Charles Ware/Weir).
Children
Death date and place30 Apr 1881 Perth, Western Australia.
Cause of Death: Heart disease.
Burial date and place1 May 1881 East Perth  Cemetery, Western Australia.
Will and ProbateNone.
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 place4 Jul 1849 Westminster, Middlesex.
Service/CampaignsThe East (Crimea) 1 year 11 months.
Musters
PromotionsPrivate to Corporal 18 Mar 1856.
Medals, Clasps and BadgesCrimea 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/MedicalCasualty 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 MartialNone.
District Courts Martial29 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 MartialNone.
Discharge date and place9 Dec 1856 Chatham.
Length of Service2 years 284 days.
Chelsea Pension ReferenceWO97/1697/175.
Post Discharge ResidenceNot stated.
Post Discharge Pension DistrictDeptford  (1856).
Pension Amount8d. per diem. Increased to 1/- per diem on 18 Jan 1881 for service EPF.
Patriotic Fund.
ARRIVAL AND LIFE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
ShipSultana.
Departure and Arrival29 May 1859 Plymouth; 19 Aug 1859 Fremantle.
Status/OccupationEnrolled Pensioner Force.
Assistant Warder, Fremantle Prison 1868 to 1878.
Land Grant/Purchase3 Jan 1866 Perth Town Lot N112 (purchase).
SubscriptionsGreenough Fire Fund 1864.
Misc. Newspaper ArticlesHerald 7 May 1881.
West Australian 10 May 1881.
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Departure from WANot applicable.