PERSONAL DETAILS
Name/Alias Robert HENSHAW 
Birth date and place
(Anomalies)
c. 1824 Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland [Army documents, 1851 Census].
c. 1824 York, Yorkshire, England [1871,1881,1891 Census].
Baptism date and place
Civil Census Residences Kensington Palace Barracks, St Margaret’s, Westminster, Middlesex (1851).
9 Victoria Road, Melksham, Trowbridge, Wiltshire (1871).
5 Westbourne Road, Melksham, Trowbridge, Wiltshire (1881).
Westbourne Road, Melksham, Trowbridge, Wiltshire (1891).
See Musters below (1851, 1861).
Trade Carpenter.
Builder (1891).
Physical Description Height: 5 ft. 8½ ins. Complexion: tanned fair. Eyes: grey. Hair: dark brown – grey.
Marks or Scars: scar on chin.
Marriage date and place 25 Aug 1851 St. John the Baptist Church, Hoxton, Middlesex.
Spouse Mary Ann BERRETT (Berritt).
Children Mary Ann b. 1852, Toodyay, Western Australia.
James b. 1853 (d.1854) Northam?, Western Australia.
Mary Jane b. 1855 (d.1855), Port Gregory, Western Australia.
Robert b. 1857, Fremantle, Western Australia.
Jane  b.1859, Fremantle, Western Australia (recorded as Hanshaw).
Helen b. 1861, Guildford, Western Australia.
Sarah b. 1863, Weymouth, Dorset, England.
Abraham b. 1866, Queenstown, Cork, Ireland (recorded as Hanshaw).
William b. 1867, Melksham, Wiltshire.
Isabella b. 1869, Melksham, Wiltshire.
Death date and place 29 Jan 1892 Melksham, Wiltshire.
Burial date and place 29 Jan 1892 Trowbridge Cemetery, Wiltshire.
Will and Probate 5 Mar 1892 Salisbury Probate Registry. Effects £144 5s.
Death Notices
ARMY SERVICE DETAILS
Corps and Company Royal Engineers 20th Company (formerly Royal Sappers & Miners).
Service No. and Rank #837 Private.
Attestation date and place 6 Apr 1844 Glasgow, Lanark.
Service/Campaigns Western Australia 10 years 9 months.
Musters WO11-126 20th Company, Woolwich (1851).
WO11-130 (1851) to WO11-207 (1862) Western Australia.
Promotions Private to 2nd Corporal 1 May 1859.
2nd Corporal to Corporal 3 Oct 1860.
Corporal to Sergeant 1 Jul 1864.
Medals, Clasps and Badges Four Good Conduct Badges.
Casualty/Medical None.
Regimental Court Martial 7 Oct 1862 (offence unknown).
24 times entered in the Regimental Defaulters Book.
Discharge date and place 31 Oct 1865 Spike Island, Cork.
Length of Service 21 years 207 days.
Chelsea Pension Reference WO97-1361-91.
Post Discharge Residence Westbury, Wiltshire.
Pension District
Pension 1/3½d. 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 [Barker p.101].
Toodyay Convict Depot Jan 1852 to Dec 1853.
Subscriptions to Funds None.
Land Acquisition None in Western Australia.
Ship ex-WA Lincelles.
Departure date and destination Dep. Fremantle 27 Apr 1862 for Cape of Good Hope and London.