PERSONAL DETAILS
Name/AliasAlexander DRYSDALE
Birth date and place23 Jun 1820 New Battle, Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland.
Baptism date and place9 Jul 1820 New Battle Midlothian, Scotland.
Civil Census ResidencesWatermans 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).
TradeMiner.
Physical DescriptionHeight: 5 ft. 2 ins. Complexion: fair. Eyes: blue. Hair: sandy.
Marriage date and place1st: Unknown.
2nd: 14 Nov 1853 Fremantle Academy, Fremantle, Western Australia.
Spouse1st: Rachel ?
2nd: Margaret DOWNS (widow of ? HALL).
Children1st marriage: Elizabeth b. 1850, Scotland.
Unnamed child [Barker:58].
Death date and place13 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 CompanyRoyal Engineers 20th Company (formerly Royal Sappers & Miners).
Service No. and Rank#1959 Sapper.
Attestation date and place17 Oct 1839 Edinburgh, Midlothian.
Service/CampaignsCape of Good Hope 8 years 7 months.
Western Australia 10 years 10 months.
MustersWO11-93 10th Company, Cape of Good Hope (1841).
WO11-124 10th Company, Woolwich (1851).
WO11-130 (1851) to WO11-207 (1862) Western Australia.
PromotionsNone.
Medals, Clasps and BadgesSouth Africa Medal, Kaffir War 1847.
Two Good Conduct Badges.
Casualty/MedicalNone.
Courts MartialNone.
22 regimental offences.
Discharge date and place20 Nov 1862 Chatham.
Length of Service23 years 35 days.
Chelsea Pension ReferenceWO97-1360-53.
Post Discharge ResidenceDalkeith, near Edinburgh.
Pension District
Pension1/- 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.58]
Land AcquisitionNone in Western Australia.
Ship ex-WALincelles.
Departure date and destinationDep. Fremantle 27 Apr 1862 for Cape of Good Hope and London.