PERSONAL DETAILS
Name/AliasCharles BUCHANAN
Birth date and placec. 1826, Cowal, Glendaruel, Argyllshire, Scotland.
Baptism date and place
Civil Census ResidencesMount Street, Woolwich, Greenwich, Kent (1851).
School of Military Engineering, Brompton Barracks, Gillingham, Kent  (1871).
South Road, Erith, Dartford, Kent (1891).
TradeShipwright/Carpenter.
Physical DescriptionHeight: 5 ft. 10 ins. Complexion: fresh. Eyes: blue. Hair: dark brown.
Marriage date and place1st: 10 Mar 1850 St Mary’s Church, Portsea, Hampshire.
2nd: 22 May 1877 Rectory Place Chapel, Woolwich, Kent.
Spouse1st: Mary Ann BUDGELL (widow of George Melverton) d. 1871.
2nd: Ellen Maria Lamb HANDLEY.
Children of 1st MarriageMary Ann b. 1851, Woolwich, Kent.
Harriett b. 1855, Bunbury, Western Australia.
Walter b. 1857, Bunbury, Western Australia.
Charles R M b. 1859, at Sea near Cape Town, South Africa.
Charlotte b. 1864, Montreal, Canada.
Death date and place11 Oct 1896 Cancer Hospital, Fulham Road, Chelsea, London.
Cause of Death: Stricture of uretha; Chronic cystitis; Exhaustion.
Residence prior to death: 23 South Road, Erith, Kent.
Burial date and place17 Oct 1896 Greenwich Cemetery.
Will and ProbateNone.
Death Notices
ARMY SERVICE DETAILS
Corps and CompanyRoyal Engineers 20th Company (formerly Royal Sappers & Miners).
Service No. and Rank#465 Sapper.
Attestation date and place8 Oct 1847 Glasgow, Lanarkshire.
Service/CampaignsWestern Australia, 8 years 43 days.
British North America, 8 years 207 days.
MustersWO11-124 10th Company, Woolwich (1851).
WO11-191 15th Company, Curragh Camp (1861).
WO11-130 (1851) to WO11-169 (1959) Western Australia.
PromotionsNone.
Medals, Clasps and BadgesFive Good Conduct Badges.
Casualty/MedicalNone.
Courts MartialTried and imprisoned for habitual drunkenness 31 Dec 1848 to 30 Jan 1849.
Twenty times entered in the Regimental Defaulters Book but not since 1850.
Discharge date and place11 Jul 1871 Chatham, England.
Length of Service23 years 248 days.
Chelsea Pension ReferenceWO97-1849-78.
Post Discharge ResidenceThe Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, Kent.
Pension DistrictWoolwich.
Pension14d. per diem.
ARRIVAL IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
ShipAnna Robertson.
Departure and Arrival datesDep. Woolwich 10 Sep 1851. Arr. Fremantle 18 Dec 1851.
Occupations post-arrival in WAInstructing Warder [Barker p. 26].
Toodyay Convict Depot Jan 1852 to Dec 1853.
Bunbury Convict Depot Nov 1854 to Dec 1855 (at least).
Land AcquisitionNone in Western Australia.
Ship ex-WARobert Morrison – 610 tons, built in Sunderland in 1853.
Departure date and destinationDep. Fremantle 4 Oct 1859 for Cape of Good Hope and London.