PERSONAL DETAILS
Name/Alias Alexander DRYSDALE
Birth date and place 23 Jun 1820 New Battle, Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland.
Baptism date and place 9 Jul 1820 New Battle Midlothian, Scotland.
Civil Census Residences Watermans Fields, Woolwich, Greenwich, Kent, England (1851).
Church Lane, Aldershot, Farnham, Surrey, England (1871).
Cowgate, 256, Old Church, Canongate, Midlothian, Scotland (1881).
See Musters below (1841, 1851, 1961).
Trade Miner.
Physical Description Height: 5 ft. 2 ins. Complexion: fair. Eyes: blue. Hair: sandy.
Marriage date and place 1st: Unknown.
2nd: 14 Nov 1853 Fremantle Academy, Fremantle, Western Australia.
Spouse 1st: Rachel ?
2nd: Margaret DOWNS (widow of ? HALL).
Children 1st marriage: Elizabeth b. 1850, Scotland.
Unnamed child [Barker:58].
Death date and place 13 Jan 1882, 1 Pipe Street, Portobello, Edinburgh.
Cause of death: (1) Bronchitis, asthma and heart disease 8 years ; no medical attendance (death certificate).
(2) Died in a fit; no medical certificate. (Procurator Fiscal’s Office, Register of Corrected Entries).
Burial date and place
Will and Probate
Death Notices
ARMY SERVICE DETAILS
Corps and Company Royal Engineers 20th Company (formerly Royal Sappers & Miners).
Service No. and Rank #1959 Sapper.
Attestation date and place 17 Oct 1839 Edinburgh, Midlothian.
Service/Campaigns Cape of Good Hope 8 years 7 months.
Western Australia 10 years 10 months.
Musters WO11-93 10th Company, Cape of Good Hope (1841).
WO11-124 10th Company, Woolwich (1851).
WO11-130 (1851) to WO11-207 (1862) Western Australia.
Promotions None.
Medals, Clasps and Badges South Africa Medal, Kaffir War 1847.
Two Good Conduct Badges.
Casualty/Medical None.
Courts Martial None.
22 regimental offences.
Discharge date and place 20 Nov 1862 Chatham.
Length of Service 23 years 35 days.
Chelsea Pension Reference WO97-1360-53.
Post Discharge Residence Dalkeith, near Edinburgh.
Pension District
Pension 1/- per diem.
ARRIVAL IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Ship Anna Robertson.
Departure and Arrival dates Dep. Woolwich 10 Sep 1851.  Arr. Fremantle 18 Dec 1851.
Occupations post-arrival in WA Instructing Warder [Barker p.58]
Land Acquisition None in Western Australia.
Ship ex-WA Lincelles.
Departure date and destination Dep. Fremantle 27 Apr 1862 for Cape of Good Hope and London.