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].
Farmer 1873 [Erickson].
|Land Acquisition||Eligible for £10 remission on 20 acres of land [CSR499-15].
1853 Albany Town Lot (grant).