PERSONAL DETAILS
Name/Alias William FRENCH
Birth date and place c. 1819 Canongate, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.
Baptism date and place
Civil Census Residences Brompton Barracks, Chatham, Kent (1851).
Cowgate North Side, Canongate, Midlothian (1861).
Chessel’s Court, 2 Old Church, Edinburgh, Midlothian (1871).
Royal Hospital, Queen’s Road, Chelsea, Middlesex (1881).
See Musters below (1841, 1851, 1858).
Trade Collarmaker.
Shoemaker (1861, 1871).
Physical Description Height: 5 ft. 10 ins. Complexion: fair. Eyes: blue. Hair: fair.
Marriage date and place 1 Jan 1844 St Andrew’s Kirk, Gibraltar.
Spouse Susannah KELLY.
Children Mary Ann b. 1844, Gibraltar.
Margaret b. 1846, Gibraltar (twin).
Susannah b. 1846, Gibraltar (twin).
Charlotte b. 1850, Woolwich, Kent.
Caroline b. 1853, Fremantle, Western Australia.
Lavinia b. 1855, Fremantle, Western Australia.
Jessie A. b. 1861, Edinburgh, Midlothian.
Death date and place 17 Dec 1883 Royal Hospital, Chelsea. Admitted as Inpatient 1 Jul 1879.
Burial date and place
Will and Probate None.
Death Notices
ARMY SERVICE DETAILS
Corps and Company 79th Cameron Highlanders Regiment. 1 Dec 1841 transferred to
Royal Engineers 20th Company (formerly Royal Sappers & Miners).
Service No. and Rank #1255 Private.
#534 Sapper.
Attestation date and place 26 Jul 1836 Edinburgh.
Service/Campaigns Gibraltar 7 years 8 months.
Western Australia 6 years 6 months.
Musters WO12-8412 79th Regiment, Gibraltar (1841).
WO11-124 11th Company RSM, Chatham (1851).
WO11-130 (1851) to WO11-158 (1858), Western Australia.
Promotions None.
Medals, Clasps and Badges Four Good Conduct Badges.
Casualty/Medical Invalided from Western Australia.  Suffers from chronic rheumatism and has completed twenty one years service. Unfit for further service.
Courts Martial None.
Discharge date and place 29 Jun 1858 Chatham.
Length of Service 21 years 216 days.
Chelsea Pension Reference WO97-1360-209.
Post Discharge Residence 51 East Cross Causeway, Edinburgh.
Pension District Edinburgh.
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.
Subscriptions to Funds Nightingale Fund 1857.
Land Acquisition None in Western Australia.
Ship ex-WA Dolphin.
Departure date and destination Dep. Fremantle 2 Feb 1858 for London.