PERSONAL DETAILS
Name/AliasWilliam FRENCH
Birth date and placec. 1819 Canongate, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.
Baptism date and place
Civil Census ResidencesBrompton 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).
TradeCollarmaker.
Shoemaker (1861, 1871).
Physical DescriptionHeight: 5 ft. 10 ins. Complexion: fair. Eyes: blue. Hair: fair.
Marriage date and place1 Jan 1844 St Andrew’s Kirk, Gibraltar.
SpouseSusannah KELLY.
ChildrenMary 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 place17 Dec 1883 Royal Hospital, Chelsea. Admitted as Inpatient 1 Jul 1879.
Burial date and place
Will and ProbateNone.
Death Notices
ARMY SERVICE DETAILS
Corps and Company79th 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 place26 Jul 1836 Edinburgh.
Service/CampaignsGibraltar 7 years 8 months.
Western Australia 6 years 6 months.
MustersWO12-8412 79th Regiment, Gibraltar (1841).
WO11-124 11th Company RSM, Chatham (1851).
WO11-130 (1851) to WO11-158 (1858), Western Australia.
PromotionsNone.
Medals, Clasps and BadgesFour Good Conduct Badges.
Casualty/MedicalInvalided from Western Australia.  Suffers from chronic rheumatism and has completed twenty one years service. Unfit for further service.
Courts MartialNone.
Discharge date and place29 Jun 1858 Chatham.
Length of Service21 years 216 days.
Chelsea Pension ReferenceWO97-1360-209.
Post Discharge Residence51 East Cross Causeway, Edinburgh.
Pension DistrictEdinburgh.
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.
Subscriptions to FundsNightingale Fund 1857.
Land AcquisitionNone in Western Australia.
Ship ex-WADolphin.
Departure date and destinationDep. Fremantle 2 Feb 1858 for London.