Name variations: Melhuish, Mellish.
|Birth date and place||5 Apr 1818 Buddlelake, Broadclyst, Devon, England.|
|Baptism date and place||1818 St John the Baptist Church, Broadclyst, Devon, England.|
|Civil Census Residences||Rope Yard Rails, Woolwich, Kent (1851) (as John W Melluish).|
See Musters below (1841, 1851, 1861).
|Physical Description||Height: 5 ft. 7½ ins. Complexion: fair. Eyes: grey. Hair: brown.|
Marks or Scars: Scar on right cheek.
|Marriage date and place||13 Aug 1847 St Mary Magdalene Church, Woolwich, Kent.|
|Children||Ann b. 1848, Chatham, Kent.|
Sarah b. 1850, Woolwich, Kent.
Jane b. 1853, Albany, Western Australia.
Mary b. 1857, Albany, Western Australia.
A William Melhuish with Albany connections died age 24 in 1890 (see sidebar).
|Death date and place||1 Aug 1894 Albany, Western Australia.|
|Burial date and place||August 1894 Albany Memorial Park, Middleton Road, Albany, Western Australia.|
|Will and Probate||Will: 4 Dec 1893. Probate: 17 Aug 1894, Supreme Court of Western Australia.|
|ARMY SERVICE DETAILS|
|Corps and Company||Royal Engineers 20th Company (formerly Royal Sappers & Miners).|
|Service No. and Rank||#291 Private.|
|Attestation date and place||6 Apr 1841 Exeter, Devon.|
|Service/Campaigns||Bermuda 5 years 4 months.|
Western Australia 9 years 11 months.
|Musters||WO11-93 11th Company, Woolwich (1841).|
WO11-124 10th Company, Woolwich (1851).
WO11-130 (1852) to WO11-199 (1861) Western Australia.
|Promotions & Reductions||Private to 2nd Corporal 1 Apr 1846.|
2nd Corporal to Corporal 1 Apr 1847.
Corporal to Private 22 Oct 1849.
Private to Sapper 1 Oct 1859.
|Medals, Clasps and Badges||Four Good Conduct Badges.|
|Regimental Courts Martial||Confined 15 Oct to 22 Oct 1849 by Regimental Court Martial for gross neglect of duty as N.C. Off. in allowing a prisoner to get drunk when conducting him from Woolwich to Fort Clarence.|
|Discharge date and place||21 Dec 1861 Fremantle, Western Australia.|
Free discharge with 12 months pay.
|Length of Service||20 years 253 days.|
|Chelsea Pension Reference||WO97-3456-60.|
|Post Discharge Residence||Albany, Western Australia.|
|Pension||Eligible for deferred pension of 6d. per day at age 60. Ratified 6 Apr 1878.|
Deferred pension forms sent to Western Australia (Perth 14 Aug 1889).
|ARRIVAL IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA|
|Departure and Arrival dates||Dep. Portland 2 Nov 1851. Arr. Fremantle 30 Jan 1852.|
|Occupations post-arrival in WA||Instructing Warder [Barker 150-151 see sidebar].|
King George’s Sound (Albany) Convict Depot Feb 1852 to Apr 1854.
Guildford Convict Depot Jan to Aug 1855.
King George’s Sound (Albany) Convict Depot Sep 1855 to Dec 1855.
Appointed Albany Convict Depot Caretaker Jan 1856 to 1857.
Point King and Breaksea Island Lighthouses 1857-1859.
Farmer 1873 [Erickson].
|Land Acquisition||Eligible for £10 remission on 20 acres of land [CSR499-15].|
1853 Albany Town Lot (grant).